Men’s Health Week: Enjoy a Red Wine Guilt Free

Theres’s often argument over the health benefits of red wine, and we suggest drinking in moderation, so the health outweighs any other effects, however a quality organic red wine is jam-packed with antioxidants and inflammatory properties. These benefits come down to the concentration of polyphenols, particularly one called resveratrol, which can be found in the skin of grapes.

This week is Men’s Health Week 15-21st June and we want to talk about what part wine can play in that, in moderation of course!

Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts like an antioxidant. The top food sources include red wine, grapes, some berries and peanuts.

This compound tends to be concentrated mostly in the skins and seeds of grapes and berries. These parts of the grape are included in the fermentation of red wine, hence its particularly high concentration of resveratrol.

Red wine can do wonders for your mood, and science suggests it can be great for your heartyour brain, and your muscles, too. Some research suggests that red wine even has cancer-fighting properties.

So before you feel guilty about enjoying a glass of your favourite tipple, bare in mind that there are some positive health benefits to drinking red wine!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and enjoy! 🍷

Drinking responsibly in lockdown

Ok it needs to be said – if you haven’t been drinking responsibly during lockdown now is the time to give it some consideration.

Theres been a lot of tasting new wines going on here, mostly to keep recommendations current and insightful, but some days it’s spilled over pretty well into some more broad tastings including vodka, gin and anything else in the cupboards.

Last year Steve did 100 days no drinking from 1/9 to 9/13 and talked about responsible drinking then too.

Just check your alcohol consumption for the remainder of lockdown. More consumption pretty much equals more sales for One Day Wednesday, but we support responsible drinking above all else.

Xmas feature – first look

I’m totally pumped about this. I can’t wait to bring it out properly, although if you watch the insta stories you’ll already have some idea.

I completely missed Christmas last year which sucked. It wasn’t really in my control and I was gutted. This year I’m making up for it and coming in hot.

So I’m working on the feature, which is intended to be about gift giving but will also have something for the people who’ll be entertaining over Christmas and wanna break out some awesome stuff.

Releasing this week. Get ready.

Quitting drinking for 100 days

If you follow our Instagram then you’ll have seen a lot of me talking about quitting drinking for 100 days. I actually stopped in 31/8/19.

A bunch of people have said “but you run a wine business” and that’s exactly the point.

I’ve quit drinking thanks to my self awareness. I realised I’ve been putting myself under a lot of pressure recently and coping (at least in part) with a fairly large alcohol intake, which really doesn’t help at all and isn’t great for short or long term health.

I also want to promote responsible drinking. Yes, I run a wine business, but that doesn’t mean I want to promote unhealthy habits. I’m a slave to my impulses, readers of this may or may not be. I want to be clear that it’s not all about balancing your social events around alcohol. That’s not healthy either.

I also want to take better care of my body. I train a lot. It’s harder with alcohol especially when it’s compounded over days and weeks, so I’m focusing on getting back into great shape during these 100 days. You’ve only got one body that carries you around for your entire life so looking after it is important.

I’m keeping everyone on insta updated daily via the MORNING COFFEE vlogs I do, but I’ll also be posting regular updates here so please check them out.

Love x

MORNING COFFEE VLOG SERIES

I’ve started vlogging during my morning coffees, mainly for IGTV but also putting them up on our YouTube channel.

I’d love for you to take a look.

How do you regulate your drinking?

As a business selling wine, this might not seem like the normal thing to talk about, but it’s actually something quite important.

We’ve all seen the warnings about drinking in moderation, but that’s an instruction, do we need to go deeper?

Now more than ever I see drinking as part of the entertainment, with friends or family. It isn’t always the kinds of wine we sell – it could be beers or spirits etc – but it’s always a loose part of the fun. No one seems to get really drunk and it doesn’t get out of hand.

Yeah in the summer the frequency increases a little because of the weather, the BBQs etc, but mostly it’s fairly relaxed.

But I wonder where that blurs. Not where it becomes a problem, before that, when drinking becomes the entertainment.

I don’t want to rant or lecture in this post, or cast and aspersions, just ask the question in a responsible way.

Commentary on: ARMADOR

This is an interesting one.

An organic Carmenère from Chile which has, in my opinion, 2 huge cannons that fire almost simultaneously.

It’s very fruity up front (with plenty of depth too) but with a huge taste of liquorice which was a little overwhelming for my taste. My friend, who loves liquorice really quite liked the wine – so there’s that subjectivity again…

It’s well made, packed full of ripe dark fruit and is complex in the other flavours that are packed in.

The 2016 (pictures) was 86% Carmenère and 14% Malbec

The maker

This one is quite close to home for me given my own maritime roots.

Dan Odfjell, a member of the Odfjell ship owning family from Norway started the vineyard where they believe strongly in sustainability.

Their website states “In the bygone days of sailing ships, wine was the drink of choice on long voyages. Today Dan Odfjell, a norwegian shipowner, perpetuates his legacy by making wines to sail from Chile across the seven seas”

Our opinion

Sadly, not one of my favourite wines. I enjoyed the punchy flavours and the complexity of some of the underlying elements and really appreciated the story, brand and craftsmanship behind this wine, but because I’m not a liquorice fan it really put me off so I wouldn’t drink it again. That does not detract from how well made and fantastic this wine is, but if you don’t like liquorice then it might not be for you.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.

commentary on: THE SUPERNATURAL SAUVIGNON BLANC

This one had my attention immediately, but not because of the cool label.

What you can’t see in the image, because I binned it, is the bottle cap that this bottle has, instead of a cork. I thought that was seriously cool.

On to the label. I don’t subscribe to the “plain label = quality wine”. It really doesn’t matter as far as I’m concerned. And if anyone asks for proof, look no further than this wine.

Here’s a quick video showing off the whole bottle

It’s unfined and has minimal sulphur addition.

This takes New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to another level.

The maker

These guys have one of the best websites around, so rather than reading it here, go to their site

Our opinion

Fruity, smoky, and easy to drink. It’s everything you expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but at another level. It’s a must try.

It’s been a while since I had some, but I remember it having a little tartness and astringency as well as a light complexity.

Steve’s scale

Would be hard to see this slipping out of my top 10 whites ever.

If you’re wondering about the relevance of the skateboard in the shot – I’m a skateboarder and have been since I was young. Mischief was the local independent skate store run by Bingo (google him) who sadly passed some years ago. We’re trying to represent him in a lot of what we do as an independent business from Teesside. You can also see the iconic Transporter Bridge, which is a prominent Teesside landmark on the board graphic.