Archive for the ‘Red Wine’ category

Tip of the day…

April 9, 2013

red wine


Wine art inspired by red wine…

March 18, 2013

Do you like it?

Glass Wine Art

Wine Art

March 4, 2013

Robert Mondavi said: ‘Making good wine is a skill. Fine wine is an art.’

Then every bottle of ALTO is a piece of art, cheers!


What a great image…

October 17, 2012

‘Pairing’ red wine and meat.

Red Wine for Strong Bones

July 25, 2012

A recent Australian study found that red wine consumption in men over 50, helps decrease bone loss.

Milk builds strong bones, but apparently wine helps keep them. According to an Australian study recently published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, red wine contributes to stronger bone health in older men. The researchers found links between improved bone mineral density (BMD) and red wine consumption in men aged 50 to 80.

Bone mineral density refers to the concentration of minerals, like calcium, in bones and is a measure of bone strength. As BMD goes down, the risk for developing osteoporosis goes up. According to the Surgeon General’s last major study on bone health, 44 million Americans currently suffer from osteoporosis and half of all Americans over 50 will have weak bones by the year 2020.

There is a long-established connection between excessive drinking and increased bone fractures due to osteoporosis and falls, but research on moderate drinking has found mixed results. The new study, which followed nearly 900 men and women over a two-year period, considered the benefits and detriments of beer, red wine and spirits on men and women.

The researchers measured the bone mineral density of participants with an x-ray at the beginning of the project and then again two years later. Subjects completed questionnaires regarding drinking habits and types of alcoholic beverages consumed. Although the team concluded that red wine may help prevent bone loss in men, it found no such influence on women. Instead, the results suggest women may gain similar benefits from indulging in low-alcohol beer. Spirits and liquor decreased bone density in men but offered no noticeable effect on women.

Graeme Jones, the study’s senior author and department head of the Musculoskeletal Unit at the Menzies Research Institute in Australia, noted the results were difficult to explain as there is little data that compares different types of alcoholic beverages. “These somewhat contrasting results suggest it is not the alcohol per se but other factors in the beverages,” said Jones.

Several studies focused on skeletal research in the last 10 years found evidence that phytochemicals, such as the polyphenols found in grape skins, contribute to healthy bones. Jones and his team hypothesize that silicon in beer might promote healthy bone formation.

More long-term research will be needed to solidify the links between bone health and certain types of alcoholic drinks. Jones feels confident the work will continue and said, “A few of my colleagues have volunteered.”

Source: winespectator

The Grape King- Cabernet Sauvignon

June 26, 2012

With so many different grape varieties and one’s own subjectivity, is it possible to say which one is best? An American winelover’s survey found that Cabernet Sauvignon is deemed to be the king of grape varieties.

The reason for this accolade can be found in the ability of this variety to be cultivated in many world wine regions, producing wines of similar class, elegance and quality as in Bordeaux.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most popular red wine grape varieties. It is the product of a crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc during the 17th century in France.

This truly global variety has a rich wine tradition within the South African wine industry. The Alto Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of how the class and elegance of this wine variety is also produced outside of Bordeaux.

The wine is made from the grapes of unirrigated, north-facing vines in the Stellenbosch Winelands that are between 8 and 19 years’ old at the time of harvesting.

These vines grow in decomposed granite soils and a clay subsoil at altitudes of 135 metres and 475 metres above sea level, with those at the higher levels cooled by False Bay breezes. They are trellised on a five-wire hedge system and yield four to five tons the hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand at the end of March at 24-25° Balling and after destalking and crushing, the mash is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25-27°C. The juice is then separated from the skins after 10 days and then racked into first-, second- and third-fill French oak barrels and matured for 18 months.


Wine is bottled poetry

February 7, 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson famously said:

“Wine is bottled poetry”… In that case, The  Alto Cabernet Sauvignon is probably perfectly the balanced Shakespearian Sonnet.