Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Great news for white lovers!

A white wine which is as beneficial to health as red wine has been developed by scientists.

The Israeli wine contains enhanced levels of plant chemicals which are believed to fight heart disease.

Researchers from Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology, found that they were able to fortify white wine with health-giving polyphenol compounds.

Red wine is naturally fortified with the compounds, which are concentrated in grape skins.

The fermentation process releases the polyphenols, giving red wine its colour and its antioxidant properties.

So how do you solve the moral dilemma - is it a glass of white or a glass of red the doctor ordered??

Monday, 2 June 2008

The all blacks are coming

There's trouble brewing in the New World!

Australian wine makers have been warned to expect a lot more competition from neighbours New Zealand over the next year. New Zealand has just recorded its biggest ever vintage, with yields up almost 40 per cent on last season.

Philip Gregan, from the New Zealand Wine Growers, says more pinot noir, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc will be exported to Australia.

"We think we're in for quite a challenging marketing year, because the vintage came in that much bigger than we expected," he says.

"Having said that, we are seeing very strong demand in Australia, in the United Kingdom, the United States and a number of other markets as well, so I think we can say it's going to be a very interesting year, we'll just see how strong that demand is."