Thursday, June 26, 2008

Health Benefits of Nuts

Info taken from

"Eating nuts five or more times a week reduces your risk of heart attack by a whopping 60%. And in addition to this stunning statistic, research shows that people who eat more nuts are generally thinner. They also have lower levels of LDL cholesterol and better bones. A new study even links eating nuts to a lower risk for cancer and inflammation.

Latest research results

In a study reported in the March, 2008 edition of the journal Blood, researchers hypothesized that NB-kappaB deactivation in cellular responses may be the result of anacardic acid found in cashew nuts. They found that anacardic acid potentiated the apoptosis induced by cytokine and chemotherapeutic agents, which correlated with the down-regulation of various gene products that mediate cell proliferation, invasion, and angiogenesis, all known to be regulated by the NF-kappaB. They concluded that anacardic acid has a role in preventing and treating cancer through modulation of these signaling pathways.

Many studies have documented the benefits of nuts

The 1990’s Adventist Health Study of a large population of California Seventh Day Adventists found that in addition to reducing the risk of heart attack by up to 60%, eating nuts was one of the four top factors for extending longevity. The beneficial effects were found for men, women, vegetarians, meat-eaters, fatter people, thinner people, the old, the young, those who exercise and those who don’t.Four other large studies have since confirmed that eating nuts confers cardiac benefits and reduces risks of developing diabetes, dementia, advanced macular degeneration, gallstones and stroke. Calculations suggest that daily nut eaters gain an extra five to six years of life free of coronary disease, and an overall longevity increase of two years.The more frequently nuts are eaten the better, as benefits appear to increase with increased consumption. The risk of fatal coronary disease and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes both appear to decrease steadily as nut consumption increases to once or more per day.Nuts contain lots of fat, and many people are still operating under the food industry induced belief that fat makes you fat, so nuts are often shunned. But research does not support this conclusion. In the Nurses’ Health Study, the frequent nut consumers were actually a little thinner on average than those who almost never consumed nuts, and daily supplements of almonds or peanuts for six months resulted in little or no increase in body weight. Nuts apparently satisfy hunger and provide a wealth of nutrients, creating a feeling of satiety and comfort. This results in an overall lessening of food consumption.

Nuts are nutrient

Recent study shows that nuts have a fatty acid profile that favorably affects blood lipids and lipoproteins. They are low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fatty acids in the form of the monounsaturates oleic and palmitoleic acids.Nuts also contain polyphenols, a type of antioxidant containing a polyphenolic substructure. These compounds are thought to be instrumental in oxidative stress, a causative factor for neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.Nuts provide a good amount of magnesium, boron and zinc, so essential for bone health. They are an excellent source of the antioxidant mineral manganese. All nuts are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, folic acid, copper, and the amino acid arginine which is a precursor of human growth hormone. Some nuts contain tryptophan, a stimulator of serotonin in the brain that alleviates depression and boosts relaxation. Nuts are high in fiber and phytochemicals that protect against cancer and other chronic diseases.

Which nuts are best?

In the Adventist Study about 32 percent of the nuts eaten were peanuts, 29 percent were almonds, 16 percent walnuts, and 23 percent other types. The Nurses’ Study found that peanuts, which are really legumes, appeared to be just as effective in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease as tree nuts. Experiments where volunteers were fed nuts as part of their diet for several weeks have found that walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachio nuts, and macadamia nuts all alter the composition of the blood in ways that would be expected to reduce coronary risk. Some nuts confer additional health benefits. Walnuts are high in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds are particularly nutritious, with 100 grams yielding 16.9 grams of protein. They also contain a good amount of vitamin B-17, known as laetrile, that many believe is nature’s most effective cancer cure. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, and only three of them a day will provide you with an amount in excess of the recommended daily allowance in a highly bio-available form.

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First Growth Bordeaux like Chateau Margaux Margaux 1st, Cheval Blanc 1st Growth, Chateau Haut Brion 1st Growth.

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Some great Rhone Wines include Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape, Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape, Clos de Papes Chateauneuf du Pape, Milliere Chateauneuf du Pape, Vieux Donjon, Grand Veneur, Domaine Pegau Cuvee Laurence and Reserve

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Pinot Noir!!

2005 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad...$55.99
"Lithe in texture, with a distinctive range of red cherry, black cherry, cinnamon and mocha flavors that ride smoothly over a graceful frame, lingering nicely on the clear, expressive finish. Drink now through 2015. 6,500 cases made. —H.S."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Bird Big Barrel Pinot Noir...$24.99

"Fermented and matured in a 900-liter barrel, the aptly entitled 2006 Big Barrel Pinot Noir is impressive with a beautifully defined, very natural red cherry, earth-tinged nose that you might find in Pommard, the palate light but very well-balanced with great poise and precision with raspberry leaf and wild strawberry on the supple finish. Drink over the next 5-6 years. Roseworthy-trained Steve Bird aka “Birdman” founded Thornbury Vineyards with his wife Caroline before setting out on his own adventure after buying the “Old Schoolhouse Vineyard” in Omaka Springs. This is a source of very natural, well-crafted wines from an experienced hand and certainly a name to watch out for in the future."
---Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
(currently only at Forsyth)

New Beers in stock!

Mikkeller Jackie Brown...$9.49 / pint
"A brown ale brewed with: water, malt (pilsner, munich, crystal, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), flaked oats, hops and ale yeast. Had it been Quentin Tarantinos heroine Jackie Brown, she would probably have said, »Shut your raggedy ass up,« and that would have been that. But this is Mikkellers Jackie Brown and it’s somewhat more mildly mannered. In fact this beautiful, brown beer’s characteristically, roasted malt taste nearly ends like chocolate on the tongue. And then it wouldn’t be a Mikkeller beer if it wasn’t well hopped. Here the green gold makes an otherwise dark beer surprisingly fresh and easy to drink." -- importer

Shmaltz Coney Island Albino Python...$4.69 / 22oz
"Lager Freaks and Beer Geeks. Reveals a most charming attraction: the sensual dance of provocative hops and spices entwined with a sumptuous and elegant malt body. Taste the rapture. Surrender to temptation. Seduce and be seduced." -- Shmaltz Brewing

Shmaltz Coney Island Sword Swallower...$4.69 / 22oz
"Lager Freaks and Beer Geeks. Unveils a stunning spectacle: the delicate balance of 8 hops gracefully thrust into the inner sanctum of 4 luscious malts astonishing in depth, dazzling in mouthfeel. A scintillating brewing performance." -- Shmaltz Brewing

Unibroue Sampler Pack...$16.99 / 8 pack

Includes 1 bottle each
Trois Pistole
Don de Dieu
Blanche de Chambly
Chambly Noir
and 2 bottles of La Fin du Monde

Coming soon from Unibroue!!
We will receive some of the very limited and one time brew--
Unibroue's Quatre-Centième-- this beer will be brewed only once to Celebrate Québec City's 400th anniversary. It will be very limited!
Reserve your bottles -- call 314-727-8788

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Beer Department

New Beer Selection
We have remodeled the store at Rock Hill. We now stock over 460 beers with room to grow.

"I was over in the Rock Hill Wine and Cheese Place on Friday and was pleasantly surprised to see a whole new expanded beer selection now available. I emailed Paul to find out the details and he informed me that they added about 150 beers at Rock Hill to bring the total up to around 460. Not too shabby for a friendly neighborhood wine store. (Paul also let me know Clayton W&C is up to 720 beers in stock!)"
-- Mike Sweeney,

check out the pictures on this great beer blog

Sunday, June 22, 2008



Many people travel to Europe and they notice that the wine bottles do not say "contain sulfites". They assume that the wines in Europe are different from the wines that are imported here or produced here. This is completely false, it is required by law in the United States to have on the label "contains sulfites". It is the exact same bottle of wine you see in Europe, but the labeling laws are different.

Even though some people are allergic to sulfites and get headaches when exposed to wine, we have found that more people are allergic to some aspect of the oak treatment. European wines tend to use less new oak and as a result will give you less chance of a headache. We have many customers that have switched to unoaked wines and have not had a problem with headaches.
(This is just an observation, so consult your doctor if you are allergic to sulfites.)

Sulfite facts:

Organic wines are not sulfite free, they have no added sulfites.
ALL wines have sulfites - French, California, Italian, Spanish....
Sufites occur naturally in wine, some will add sulfites as a preservative.
Almost all fruit has natural sulfites
Your body produces 1000 mg of sulfites everyday. **
There are about 10 mg of sulfites in a glass of wine **
** Taken from UC Davis.

Feel free to comment if you have noticed that unoaked wines do not give you a headache.