Cheap Wine May Be Dangerous

Wine has become increasingly affordable in the last few years. A decent bottle of wine can cost as low at $3 and taste pretty darn good. It has been a great way to introduce more adults into the world of wine. They start out with the cheap stuff then want to explore more varietals and brands. All in all, inexpensive wine has been good for their industry.

Until now there has been nothing but positive feedback and awesome sales for companies that offer these affordable wines to the public. There is currently a massive lawsuit underway claiming that upwards of 30 different wine brands have knowingly been selling wines with dangerously high levels of arsenic, which is naturally occurring in some products.

Paul Mathieson said that he read on that there is an uproar from the accused companies after the lawsuit was placed. The defendant’s rebuttal is that the information and statistics provided were spotty and inaccurate. The list of wines associated with the lawsuit may provide consumers with an idea of which to avoid until this issue is cleared up.

Coke Touted as a Healthy Snack Choice

A can of colored sugar water is being promoted on several respected websites as a healthy snack choice. Coke is the ‘real thing’ and the powers-that-be behind the can know how to market the brand.
The world’s largest soft drink manufacturer has partnered with leading health and nutrition writers to convey a message about their product. They want the world to know that a can of Coke is a healthy snack choice in this newly sugar-conscious society. During the month of February, which is Heart Health month, a small can of Coke was promoted as a snack option for those trying to improve the health of their own heart. Not the diet version, but the full-sugar variety of the real thing. In the soft drink manufacturer’s defense, it was the mini size can that was being promoted as a heart health snack option.
All the promotions on health and fitness websites of the soft drink currently going on is a soft-sell, cross-promotion that is trying to cast the sugary beverage in a new light. Alexei Beltyukov knows that the sale of Coke products have dropped recently and the company has sought out a new way to advertise an unhealthy product, and what better way than to make the beverage appear to be a healthy choice.
Look for more of this behind-the-scenes, healthy snack type advertising from Coke in the future.

New Cold Brew rolling out March 31‏

March 31 will be the date. That is right for all you cold brew coffee lovers and loyal Starbucks patrons. According to anarticle on, Starbucks has finally listened to their customers who have been longing for a properly brewed cold coffee, not just a hot coffee poured over ice. However, the supply at each Starbucks locale offering the brew will be very limited. They will brew one batch or vat of the cold brew each day. This will only amount to approximately 40 or so Grandes. So… if you are looking to start your day off with a well brewed cold coffee from Starbucks you will need to make sure you time your stop by the java shop early.

Jason Halpern has learned that one bit of bad news for cold brew fans in the South or the West Coast is that it won’t be rolling out to you just yet. Bide your time, it can’t be long before Starbucks realizes the gold mine they have been avoiding and it should be available to you soon. My question though, where is the line the draw for the South? And what is the demark for the West Coast? I am hoping that Colorado isn’t considered the West in this situation…

Loving a properly aged wine‏

Are you a wine lover? Are you a novice or connoisseur? Either way, you can enjoy many bottles of wines right off the shelf, or you can select to store a few bottles to the appropriate age in your cellar. But how do you know which of the wines are good for right now, the instant gratification drink? All you have to do is hop on to find out! And how do you know which you should put away for a future date? According to an article on there are a few simple tricks you can use to make this determination.

First, is your red or white bottle of wine light bodied or full bodied? Typically, the lighter bodied wines are meant to be had at a younger age, so pick a few of your favorites off the store shelf for your dinner party this evening.

Second, does your bottle have a twist off cap? Does it have a plastic pull tab closure? If the answer is yes then it is another indication that you can enjoy these bottles at a younger age, so select some of those for your relaxing evening at home.

However, if your bottle has a natural cork then you most likely have a bottle that was meant to age, as the cork will aid in that aging process. So bring it to your wine storage and research how long is optimal for that particular bottle.

FDA Approves New Powdered Alcohol Product

Feel like playing Jesus? The FDA approves. A new product will hit store shelves this summer that will allow you to turn water into wine, so to speak. Palcohol, another name for powdered alcohol, mixes with water to provide drink containing real alcohol.

Not everyone is on board with Palcohol, just ask Jaime Garcia Dias. Several states have already moved to ban this innovative product before it hits store shelves. The biggest concern is powdered alcohol getting into the hands of underage drinkers.

Powder is much easier to conceal than a bottle of booze. This makes powdered alcohol an enticing choice for teen drinkers. It could also mean smuggling powdered alcohol into places with alcohol restrictions, such as concerts and sporting events, would be much easier.

The truth is that a single shot of vodka in powdered form would be sold in a 4 inch by 6 inch packet. This is actually larger than a small bottle of liquor. Powdered alcohol doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to smuggle liquor.

The main purpose of powdered alcohol is to eliminate the water weight of alcohol. This makes it perfect for those toting gear, like hikers and campers.

So will this revolutionize the alcohol industry? I personally don’t think so. Only time will tell.

The Food We Eat Is a Shadow of Its Former Self

An interesting comparison is being made in an article on between the decrease in the value of money due to monetary inflation and the decrease in the value of our food due to it having lower nutritional content than it did a few decades ago. The fundamental argument is that although we believe we are paying less for food today we really aren’t because we are also getting less in that food. Non-sustainable farming practices are diminishing the nutritional content and value of our food and Imaging advantage studies echo that sentiment.

Historically, as people grow crops on farmland, those crops sap nutrients from the soil so that these fruits and vegetables can receive the nutrients. After a while, this depletes the land of these nutrients. Natures answer to this through the ages has been flooding. Periodic floods redeposit minerals upon the farmland and reinvigorate the soil. Today, however, we live right along the edge of rivers, and at the first mention of heavy rains people stack sandbags and build levees and so this process never occurs. Farmers add fertilizer to the soil, which typically contains NPK(nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) as well as smaller amounts of a few other ingredients. Basically only a fraction of what is lost from the soil is being added back before farmers start planting each year, and we wonder why we are eating nutritionally empty food.

The Peanut’s Reputation is Cleared

A study released Monday, February 23rd, has overthrown centuries of misguided caution. Parents tried hard to keep peanuts away from their children for fear that they would have a fatal allergic reaction. Now experts are saying early exposure is beneficial.

George du Toit from the King’s College in London led a team of international researchers from LEAP (the Learning Early about Peanut Allergy study team) in his experiment. Their findings were published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Du Toit and his team studied the effects of peanut exposure on young children. They had two groups: the first was children aged four to 11 months and the second was children over 11 months that had not yet had peanuts. The Facebook participants were all chosen because of an already present predisposition to peanut allergies Flavio Maluf had told me.

The babies were tested for peanut sensitivity and allergy. They needed to be sensitive but an allergic reaction would mean that the experiment was too dangerous. They were then sent home. Their parents were instructed on how much peanut protein to add to their diets.

The children were tested for allergic reaction again at five years old. Allergies had developed in 17.2% of the older group of children. The younger group had rates of just 3.2%. This means that early exposure lowers the risk of peanut allergy by 70 to 80%.

Children should be given an allergy prick text before being introduced to peanuts.

Waffle House Looks Work With Roadie Inc

For many the idea of a Waffle House will bring about thoughts of a greasy spoon diner that is prominent throughout the south that serves decent food that is made by short order cooks. For those that are investment minded Waffle House is one of the rare companies that will only sell its franchises to actual employees. Regardless of what your thoughts are about this company they will be changing shortly if they are able to finalize their venture with Roadie Incorporated. Haidar Barbouti knows that the idea may seem a stretch to most it’s not that far for CEO Walt Ehmer who believes combining the delivery of items with waffles is a genius move.

Admittedly the company will not be on the scale of competing with UPS, Federal Express, or the US Postal Service but it is an idea that could increase exposure to local shops. How it will work is fairly simple a person needs to get a package to a certain part of the country. They get on Roadie to find a fellow Waffle House customer that will be headed that way and will agree to take it for them. For the person agreeing to carry the package, Waffle House will provide you a free beverage and when you download the app it will give you a free waffle. Neither of these are significant costs to the company but it does provide a public meeting place that people can eat, and now send their package around the country.

Concern about Mycotoxins in Food

Anyone who has at least a little bit of knowledge about mold growth in the home is familiar with mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are a dangerous substance that can grow in the home and pose a serious health risk for the individuals who are exposed to them. Individuals who live in a home that is a breeding ground for mycotoxins work hard to eliminate this problem.

Many individuals do not realize that they can be exposed to this problem when they are dealing with more than a mold growth issue in their home. Not only are they being exposed to this substance on a daily basis, but they may actually be consuming in their breakfast cereal, their morning coffee, and in a variety of other food products.

There is a well-known lawsuit that is being brought against a popular dog food company. Imaging advantage had reported thousands of individuals have said that the mycotoxins that are contained in this dog food have poisoned and killed their pets.

There are studies that are being done currently to test the amount of mycotoxins, which are byproduct of mold, that are found in food that humans eat. They say that it will take at least a year to assess all of the data that has been collected. Once they assess this data, they will know if there is a health risk for the public. The main health concerns associated with mycotoxins that are ingested are cancer and autism.

Why Rose Is a Year-Round Drink


Rose is a wine that is usually consumed in the summertime, and serves as a perfect compliment to grilled, light meals that have herb or fruit elements. However, this light pink wine can also be an addition to spring, fall and winter meals.

Claudette restaurant, a favorite of Alexei Beltyukov,  in Greenwich Village supports the consumption of Rose when it’s cold outside. The restaurant’s co-owner, Carlos Suarez, asserts that perhaps so many people wanted to drink Rose this winter to make themselves feel warmer amidst the harsh winds and low temperatures. The wine has the ability to transport the mind to a warm and sunny place, which makes it a welcomed addition to foods that are generally consumed during the fall and winter, such as hearty soups and stews.

Rose is starting to become more of a fashionable wine in the culinary world. More varieties of the beverage are being produced to include fruitier flavors and a more extensive selection of sparkling varieties.