Post # 65 Resveratrol, Telomeres, the Fountain of Youth, and Red Wine

Time for a little wine science. Hopefully the above Blog title has you scratching your head wondering what the connection is between Resveratrol, Telomeres, the Fountain of Youth, and Red Wine. Has Reg been drinking too much red wine over the holiday season you ask? No, seriously, there is a connection, so please read on. Resveratrol is part of a group of compounds called polyphenols. Wine lovers will recall that Resveratrol made the news (and was basically discovered by the wine consuming public) in 1992 when it was reported that Resveratrol was found in red wine. Not much was known about Resveratrol at the time, other than it was good for you, and suddenly drinking red wine was all the rage, the latest “in thing” to do. 26 years of further research has yielded lots of results. Researchers have since found that Resveratrol has many therapeutic properties, including: Resveratrol...

Blog # 64 – Wines Recently Tasted from Alsace, Argentina, Portugal, Sauternes, and Bulgaria

Over the last four months I have tasted several wines, but six in particular have stood out above the rest. From Alsace I will comment on the 1990 Gewurztraminer Goldert Vendange Tardive from Domaine Zind Humbrecht, and the 2012 Chateau de Riquewihr Gewurztraminer Les Sorcieres from Dopff and Irion. From Argentina I enjoyed the Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2016, from Portugal the 1983 Dow’s Vintage Port, from Sauternes the 1988 Chateau Rieussec, and from Bulgaria the 2013 Enira from Domaine Bessa Valley. 1990 Gewurztraminer Goldert Vendange Tardive, Domaine Zind Humbrecht: I tasted the 1990 Gewurztraminer Goldert Vendange Tardive, by Domaine Zind Humbrecht, in October 2018. This wine, a 28 year old Alsacian dessert wine, was absolutely stunning. Early in its youth, this wine was rated by The Wine Spectator at 96 points, and by Robert Parker at 97 points, both in the mid- nineties. So naturally my main concern...

Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 63, How to Wine Show, October 29, 2018

In this blog I am going to give you some tips on “How to Wine Show”, to get maximum value out of your time at a wine show. I am also going to give you an amusing wine trade’s perspective on how we, the general public, present ourselves to the trade when we attend their shows. The season for wine trade shows is upon us once again. As in previous years I will once again be attending this year’s La Grande Dégustation scheduled for November 1st – November 3rd at Place Bonaventure in downtown Montreal. This is the largest wine trade show in eastern Canada, always well attended (Quebecers love their wine). This year’s themes will be Italian wines, the Pinot Gris grape, and Gin. Tickets are $18.00 at the door, or $15.00 if bought in advance. Tasting coupons are $1.00 each, and most wines will cost between $3.00...

Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 61, The Parker 100s, How Much Will It Cost to Buy a Robert M. Parker 100 Point Perfect Wine? September 3, 2018.

(Readers please note that this blog post was originally published on September 3, 2018, and was republished on September 13, 2018 after our site was hacked). Robert M. Parker is well known worldwide as the premier wine taster and critic over the last 40 years (1978- 2018). His opinions moved wine markets and certainly influenced prices for individual wines. Winemakers would covet a high score from Robert Parker, and curse a low score. Over the 40 years that Robert has been active as a wine critic, he tasted and rated tens of thousands of wines and built a cult following (those who subscribed to The Wine Advocate) who based most of their buying decisions on his ratings. So much so that the “Holy Grail” in wine collecting often became the number of Robert Parker 100’s (100 point or perfect wines) that you had in your cellar. Some would call...

Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 60, Bordeaux 2017 Vintage, Are Bordeaux Futures Still Relevant? August 8, 2018.

(Readers please note this blog was originally published August 8, 2018, and had to be republished again September 12, 2018 after our site had been hacked, Reg.) Every year in April the world’s leading wine critics, tasters and buyers gather in Bordeaux and taste barrel samples of the previous year’s harvest, now safely at rest in barrels for the next 18 – 24 months. The wine world waits with baited breath for critics to release their preliminary ratings, and those tasting scores set the stage for opening prices to be established for the upcoming “En Primeur” or “Futures” offerings by the leading Négotiants or wine distributors, once the Chateaux have set their prices and allotments to those various distributors have been made. Readers of my previous blogs will recall that I wrote all about the 2015 vintage in post # 22 June 14th, 2016, and again in post #...