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Are you a winer? Wine trends in 09

March 8, 2009

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Wine trends continue to dominate the design of high end luxury homes. Not only do most estate homes come with a built-in wine cellar but now…wine tasting rooms are de rigueur. A recent estate home in Orlando comes complete with a 1,000 square foot room dedicated to the art of wine tasting.

Wine is gaining in popularity in the United States as more people are stretching their palates to discover different types, styles and wine flavors. It is anticipated that this love affair with wines will make American’s the largest consumers of wine (even more than the French) by the year 2015.

Therefore, it is not going to be unusual to find, in today’s luxury home, the presence of not only a wine cellar, but a place to entertain and share your favorite drink with friends.

To quote Shakespeare, “Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.”

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Here’s to Your Health!

February 3, 2008

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Eat, drink and be merry

I know this is a luxury home blog but most luxury homes now come with wine cellars or wine coolers. It seems like wine is the “in” thing and for a good reason. It’s good for your health. According to a recent article, Roger Corder, PhD, professor of experimental therapeutics at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, there are many benefits to “moderate” wine drinking. The healthiest wines were as follows:

Laboratory analyses of more than 400 red wines at William Harvey Research Institute show that the following have high levels of healthful procyanidins…

Argentina. Cabernet Sauvignon, from Bodegas Catena Zapata.

Australia. Cabernet Sauvignon, from Wynns.

California. Cabernet Sauvignon, from Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Reserve… and many other Napa Valley cabernets.

Chile. Cabernet sauvignons from Veramonte.

France. Large numbers of Bordeaux wines — both at the top end of the market and modestly priced — have high or better-than-average procyanidin levels.

Italy. In Tuscany, wines made from the Sangiovese grape that tested well include Il Colombaio di Cencios Chianti Classico Riserva.

In Sardinia, where wine-drinkers are particularly long-lived, a good choice is Rosso Superiore del Mandrolisai.

So drink up, but do so in moderate amounts and keep that heart healthy. I need you to be fit and ready to stock your next luxury home wine cellar!