Archive for April, 2009

Madonna rejects African wine; Africa rejects Madonna’s motherhood

Madonna rejects African wine; Africa rejects Madonna’s motherhood.

Madonna’s attempt to adopt a Malawa baby was unsuccessful. South Africa’s ability to please Madonna’s wine preferences were unsuccessful. Guess it all evens out.

According to ParentDish: “She travels exclusively by private jet with a large entourage that includes Israeli bodyguards, a trainer, and her treadmill (yes, she has that flown in). She also has French wine flown to the luxury lodge she rents out – apparently the South African wines they serve are not to her liking.”

More specifically, according to the Daily Mail: “In the rural areas, women walk miles each day to collect water; back in the luxury lodge which she has hired out in its entirety for the week.

Madonna, in contrast, has been enjoying a glass of two of fine claret in the evenings. She has flown in nine bottles of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2000 – priced at a very modest $90 a bottle. The selection of South African wines available at the lodge aren’t to her very specific taste, apparently.”

— S.S.

April 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Sports fans, are you ready tooooooooo rumble, um, swirl?

Source: CNBC SportsBiz blog. Shaming Rights and Time to Wine? by Darren Rovell, Feb 12, 2007.

U.S. sports fans are ready to swirl and sniff! Baseball fans can certainly tell you – in recent years, lots of ballparks have started serving wine and other higher-end food & drink fare. This article is two years old, but the trend is continuing.

According to the article:

Nielsen found that wine consumption among U.S. sports fans was up $14.60 in 2006 to $81.40 per household. The highest spending fan, believe it or not, was in households with at least one fan of the LPGA ($125). Tennis fans came in second ($111.90) and PGA fans finished third at $109.40 — spending for them actually went down in 2006 by some 30 percent. The biggest gain was among NFL fans who spent more than 60 percent more on wine this year than last year. An NFL fan household now spends $94.30.

— S.S.

April 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm

World wine consumption falls for 1st time in years

Source: ABC News. World Wine Consumption Falls for 1st Time in Years. By GREG KELLER Associated Press Writer. PARIS April 7, 2009 (AP)

From the article:

After years of non-stop growth, global wine consumption started to retreat last year, along with the rest of the world economy, The International Organization of Vine and Wine said Tuesday.

Consumption fell in all of Europe’s major wine-producing and consuming countries, including France, Italy and Germany, Europe’s biggest wine-drinking nations. The United States, Canada and Australia saved the day by raising more and more glasses, partially offsetting the European drop.

— S.S.

April 7, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Police hot on the trail of these wine-stealing burglars!

Source: Redditch Standard, Worcestershire, England. Champagne & wine meant for wedding stolen from garage

These cops are sharp! They’ve figured out that the thieves probably used a car to haul away the 6 cases and 200 bottles! And I love how they call the person who is going to get married, the “victim.”

From the article :

Burglars broke into the garage of a house in Blakemere Close between 8pm on Friday, April 3 and 10.30am on Monday, April 6 and stole six cases of pink champagne and over 200 bottles of wine, including some Chilean wine and some Bin 65. The drink had been bought in readiness for the victim s wedding, due to take place this summer.

A police spokesman said: “We understand a car had been parked in front of the garage door each night and so it’s likely the offence took place in daylight hours. “Offenders have almost certainly used a vehicle to transport the wine and champagne and it would have taken quite a while to load up.”

— S.S.

April 7, 2009 at 11:35 am

Burglars who drink wine are SO better-behaved (than the rest).

Source: Manxradio, Isle of Man. Burglars told consequences of reoffending. 7/4/2009.

Wine drinking burglars are neat, tidy, and they don’t even actually burgle. That’s my kind of burglar. Of course, you might have to move to the Isle of Man to find this type of polite criminal.

From the article:

The court heard the defendants entered the house by an unlocked conservatory door and stole the wine and spirits, which were mostly recovered.

…there was no forced entry, the house was not ransacked and no valuables were taken. They only entered the conservatory and kitchen and the offence was a “spur of the moment” decision taken while both were drunk.

— S.S.

April 7, 2009 at 11:34 am

No wonder you talk smart after drinking – wine helps you think!

Source: the Daily Mail, London. April 6, 2009.

From the article:

Men and women did better in mental arithmetic tests after being given resveratrol, the ‘wonder ingredient’ in red wine.

It is thought that the plant chemical – said to have abilities from burning off junk food to warding off heart disease – increases blood flow to the brain.

Northumbria University researchers set 24 healthy adults a series of tests before giving them a resveratrol pill or a dummy tablet.

— S.S.

April 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Wine for breakfast? Tell your spouse there’s “historical precedent.”

Source: The Daily Telegraph (Australia). April 7, 2009 Tuesday. Ancient eating habits that went into boxes.  Troy Lennon

From the article:

IT IS often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

For the Greeks, evidence in Homer shows that bread formed the basis of the early meal and even describes one in The Odyssey, consisting of meat from the day before with bread and wine. Olives and cheese were a favourite part of the ancient Greeks’ morning dish, but they also ate bread and fruit for breakfast. Instead of beer, they drank sweet wine, or dipped their bread into wine. They also liked tea made from herbs.

Ancient Romans usually ate breakfast when they awoke or at sunrise. For the ordinary poor Roman, this was a light repast of bread and water. Wealthier Romans also ate bread but with cheese, honey and fruit, accompanied by a drink of water or wine.

From medieval times to the 19th century, Europeans often drank ale or wine as part of breakfast, primarily because water supplies were not as reliable.

— S.S.

April 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm

How to get women to like beer? In Australia, serve it in wine glasses.

Source: The Courier Mail (Australia). April 7, 2009 Tuesday. Women like chic beer in a wine glass. by Rory Gibson.

From the article:

Kirkegaard’s business Good Beer Lunches (, holds regular beer education classes, matching food and beer.

“We had a lot of ladies coming along with their husbands and partners who at first claimed to not really like beer. During the course of the lunch they suddenly discovered that there was a lot more to beer and a far wider range of flavours than they realised — and they liked them, especially when matched with food.”

“The beer classes for women have shown that if you present beers with flavour, that pair well with a whole range of foods, and you make the experience slightly more elegant by serving the beer in a wine glass, champagne flute or anything other than the large glasses that men customarily drink from, women will take to it with enthusiasm.”

— S.S.

April 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Illegal to make wine in Kuwait, but cop does it anyway

Source:  The Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 6, 2009 Monday 4:34 PM GMT

A Kuwaiti patrol sergeant was accused of making wine. That’s illegal  in Kuwait. According to the article, “He resigned from the Reserve and tried to return to his job. The police refused to put him back out on the streets as a patrol sergeant…”

— S.S.

April 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm

If it sloshes around and originates in South America, it may well contain coke (cocaine).

Book review of Escobar by Escobar. Read the Times Online article here.

One of the most successful tricks early on involved stuffing cocaine into the vaginas of mares being transported to America for racing.

But before long, the chemists of Medellin had perfected the technique of dissolving cocaine that allowed them to mix it with any liquid — wine, cooking oil, paint. If it sloshes around and originates in South America, it may well contain coke.
— S.S.

April 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm

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