We’re constantly looking for ways to help shed those unwanted pounds and keep them off – while exercise is obviously the best solution, most of us don’t go often enough – and thanks to new research it seems Chardonnay grapes could hold the key. This is because Chardonnay grape seeds were recently found to contain the highest amount of flavonoids and antioxidants of any grape, compounds that are known to help with weight loss, cholesterol and even controlling diabetes.
In the most recent study, according to the USDA, researchers ground Chardonnay seeds into a fine flour and fed the flour to mice.
Chemist Wally Yokoyama and his colleagues at the USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center (WRRC) in Albany, California, discovered that blood cholesterol, hepatic steatosis — known as “fatty liver” — and weight gain were reduced in laboratory hamsters fed rations mixed with flour milled from Chardonnay wine grape seeds, as compared with hamsters fed rations containing Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah grape seed flour.
In a separate study, they added Chardonnay grape seed flour to rations of mice to determine if the flour changes the kinds and amounts of bacteria dwelling in the animals’ gut. “This is important because some gut bacteria may play a beneficial role in controlling obesity or reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes,” Yokoyama says. “Our research showed a dramatic decrease in the numbers of gut bacteria, and we were able to relate some species to changes in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and weight gain.”
It’s important to note that researchers have reported that the best way to take in Chardonnay’s beneficial properties is by grinding the seeds into a flour. However if the Chardonnay you’re drinking happens to have had its juice macerating with the grape seeds for any amount of time – most oaked Chardonnays do – these properties will also be in the wine, though in lesser quantities. Perhaps fans of rich, vanilla soaked Chardonnay have known something the rest of us didn’t all along.
2008 Château Batailley – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
We stood upright the previous day, opened and let her breathe for 3 hours before sipping and then enjoyed over 3+ hours. No doubt still barely legal, but rapidly achieving full bloom quite early. We were Continue reading 2008 Château Batailley
1990 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon – France, Champagne (12/26/2015)
One of the guests brought to our friends’ Boxing Day lunch. Wow, good to have such friends!!!
Light, brown-amber gold on the eye. Her flowing, amber robes enchanted the entire room within seconds…stunning! Aromas of burnt caramel candy, caramlized apples and pears, honey and peach nectar. The gown was enticing, the nose was intoxicating. Palate os silky, smooth, elegant honey and caramel nectar. If the gown and nose were more than sufficient to compel us to be better people, then her taste sealed the deal. Privileged, pleased and thankful everyday for that which we sip and snack. The feeling will linger for, well, ever!. (96 points)
2013 Gusbourne Estate Chardonnay Guinevere – England, Kent, Appledore
We first tried Gusbourne Estate wines in 2014 when on a UK Sipping ‘n Snacking Tour. Our tastings were pre-Aim / Lord Ashcroft Continue reading 2013 Gusbourne Estate Chardonnay Guinevere
We were barely recovering from our Yankee Doodle Dandy Saturday Sipping ’n Snacking at home when a friend decided to visit with his kids for some holiday cheer. Since he brought two red Burgundies, we decided to match him, albeit we thought a white would allow for some breathing time fro the reds.
Et voila, the lineup: Continue reading Burgundy Sunday Sipping ’n Snacking at home
We were debating how to enjoy an otherwise cold, dreary, do not leave the house day when we stumbled upon the idea of a Yankee Doodle Dandy Saturday Sipping ’n Snacking at home day.
Fortunately, we have more than a lot of USA wines – mostly California – in the cellar so the difficult question was which bottles!? Equally, we encountered a similar difficult question as to which music to play that would compliment the wine? Finally, we turned to the question what food to cook and consume over the 9+ hours event?
We started with wine as we are oft to do! Et voila, the lineup with notes and photo…with, of course, the matching socks:
2011 Sea Smoke Sea Spray. We are, self-admittedly and unashamed, fans of Sea Smoke. We like their style, people, vision and, most importantly, their wines. We equally understand why quite a few CTers do not reach deep in their pockets for Sea Smoke’s Chardonnays, Bubbles and Pinot Noirs. 100% Pinot Noir. 8.5 g/litre dosage. 6 months in French oak barrels. Tasting Note: Fairly Rosé-like visual…given our lack of interest in Rosé, we are not seduced. The aromas changed all that as you feel the big-bone structure (Nicole Kidman), slightly yeasty-rotten-eggs with a hint of brioche. Nice. Fresh, vibrant, bubbled-Pinot Noir with a tangy finish. A bit too much bubbly bubble for us to consider a “meal”, but a most excellent aperitif…sadly at nearly 2x the price of comparables. No problem…we do not sip every day! Continue reading Yankee Doodle Dandy Saturday Sipping ’n Snacking at home
2009 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro C.V. (“Curriculum Vitae”) – Portugal, Douro
With the in-laws still in situ, we decided (earlier in the day so properly breathed) a second bottle would be useful. Perhaps we should invite them over more often ;-). The Curriculum Vitae of this Continue reading 2009 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro C.V. (“Curriculum Vitae”)