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1 . Why do some wines give you a headache?

Histamines, found in the skins of grapes, seem to give some people headaches if they are sensitive to histamines. Red wine will affect a histamine sensitive wine drinker more than white wine because red wine has spent more time in contact with grape skins.

2 . Does drinking wine, especially red wine have any health benefits?

There has been more and more consensus in the last few years within the scientific community and governmental and public health circles that moderate wine consumption is in fact associated with a number of positive health outcomes. Specific information on this subject can be found in the Wine & Health section of this website

3 . What is vintage?

The vintage year on a wine label is the harvest year of the grapes from which the wine was made. The characteristics of a particular vintage year are determined by the weather conditions and resulting grape crop for that year. A California wine with a vintage date must be made from at least 95 percent of grapes harvested in the designated year.

4 . What temperature should a wine be served at?

Sparkling: 6 - 8°C
White/Rosé: 8 - 12°C
Red: 16 - 20°C
Sweet: 6 - 8°C

5 . Why do some wines give you a headache?

Histamines, found in the skins of grapes, seem to give some people headaches if they are sensitive to histamines. Red wine will affect a histamine sensitive wine drinker more than white wine because red wine has spent more time in contact with grape skins.

6 . Is wine fattening?

The calories in a 4 ounce glass of wine ranges from about 80 to 100 calories. Lighter wines tend to have fewer calories than heavier wines. Some wines are higher in carbohydrates than others due to their residual sugars. For example, a dry Sauvignon Blanc may have 2 grams of carbohydrate where as a very sweet dessert wine could have up to 12 grams. Wine is fat free and contains no cholesterol.

7 . What is a Barrique?

A Barrique is a small oak barrel with a capacity of 225 liters. It traditionally belonged to Bordeaux but is now used around the world.

8 . What is Lees ?

Lees is the sediment of dead yeast cells that gather at the bottom of the tank or barrel once fermentation is completed

9 . What is malolactic fermentation?

A natural process during which beneficial bacteria convert the malic (very tart) acid in a wine to lactic (softer tasting) acid. Malolactic fermentation can take place on its own or be prompted by the winemaker.

10 . Where does cork come from?

Corks are produced from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in the western Mediterranean. It is unique in that it can be peeled from the tree without hurting the tree. The bark is stripped, washed, boiled and then pressed into the shapes we need with some added adhesive.

11 . What are sulfites and should I be worried about them in a wine?

Sulfite is a term used to describe sulfur dioxide and other sulfur derivatives. Sulfites are found in all wines as they are a natural product of fermentation. Sulfur dioxide is used in wine making to prevent oxidation, kill bacteria and wild yeasts, and encourage quick and clean fermentation. The U.S. government requires wine labels to include "Contains Sulfites" to alert those who may be allergic to sulfites. Approximately 1% of the population is allergic to sulfites.



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1 . Which wine is better for health red or white?

Drinking either red wine or white wine will increase the HDL, or good, cholesterol. However, red wine contains much higher levels of antioxidants like resveratrol than white wine does. These phenolic antioxidants found in red wine will help to keep your LDL,or bad, cholesterol levels healthy and will also help to reduce the blood clotting ability of the blood. Both of these actions will help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Remember that while one glass of wine per day may be good for you, it is not a case of more is better. Heavy drinking of any kind of alcoholic beverages will increase your risk of several chronic diseases.”

2 . I would like to know that which food items should not be consumed with RED WINE of fourseasons. I have gone through the table given on ur website but I did not understand the terms. - SANJAY SHETH

"You must certainly consult your medical practitioner if you should drink alcohol and in general red wines.

Although the problem of pairing wine and food seems to be one that bothers many people,there are only a few combinations which really do not work. When selecting awine, try thinking about the types of foods with which the wine can be paired.Simply sticking to the basic can be a safe bet such as trying light wines(whites) with light food and rich and fuller red wines with heavy food . There should be a good harmony between the food and Wines. It should complement each other. Remember the Flavor of food should not dominate the lovely aroma and taste of wines and vice-a-versa. Keep trying different food and wine combination to know which one suits your palate the best, Cheers!"

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