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Uncork Some Antioxidants: New Wines and Tasting Tips!

Written on August 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm , by

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern

The Cabernet Sauvignon is described as "perfect for backyard barbeques." (Photo courtesy of Wente Vineyards)

Food Network recently teamed up with family-owned Wente Vineyards, in Livermore, CA, to create entwine, a wine portfolio combining their mutual zeal for the alcoholic beverage and cuisine. Hitting the shelves of major retailers this month, the power partnership’s main objective has been to create a line that not only accompanies your menu but enhances the overall dining experience. And besides being delicious, wine (especially red) is high in heart-healthy antioxidants!

“We want food and wine lovers to enjoy the natural relationship between wine and food, so we created entwine,” said Sergei Kuharsky, General Manager of New Enterprises, Food Network.The name represents the easy way family, friends and of course the flavors of food and wine all come together to make any meal a more delicious experience.”

Each of the four entwine varietals—Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon—provide specific food suggestions right on the label for easy pairing. The brand’s Chardonnay, “entwines with: salami, pizza, mac and cheese, meatloaf, tomato sauce, grilled pork, wild salmon & weeknight dinners.” What’s not to love about that?

At the affordable price of $12.99 a bottle, entwine offers fresh flavors, like crisp, green apples and mid-summer plums, for the pleasure of wine-connoisseurs and inquiring enthusiasts alike.

“The wines were accessible but far from generic,” said FITNESS’ Creative Director, John Herr, after an office-wide tasting in June.

Our Digital Director, Christie Griffin, was particularly fond of the Cabernet Sauvignon and said, “It tastes like a romantic wine to me. I picture the holidays with my boyfriend.” Other staffers described this type of red as, “happiness in a glass” for its bold, full-bodied flavor.

Interested in becoming a wine expert? Follow these three easy steps we learned during our tasting (rough workday, right?) and you will be an experienced critic in no time.

  1. Swirl your glass. It draws oxygen into the wine for both taste and aroma purposes.
  2. Sniff. Yep, you heard me. Get your nose right down in there and take a big whiff!
  3. Assess the Color. Finally, before taking a swig, of course, hold your glass over a piece of white paper to evaluate the deepness in hues.

For more information about entwine, visit www.foodnetwork.com/wine or www.entwine-wines.com.

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The One Food A Healthy Diet Should Include (It’s Not What You Think!)

Written on July 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm , by

Doctor's orders! Give your sweet tooth a treat. (Photo courtesy of Westgate Communications, Inc.)

With the recent heat wave that’s spreading across the country, we’ve been turning to all things cool when it comes to food (fruit, please!). But when we chatted with nutrition expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, he told us about the one food we should be grabbing off the shelves this summer…chocolate! You don’t have to tell us twice.

Chocolate is that good for you? Really?

Oh, yes. Chocolate should be an almost daily addition to your diet. It lowers blood pressure, your risk of heart disease and it’s just an amazingly healthy food.

So are you saying I should go grab the next Hershey bar I see?

No! Milk chocolate has none of the things that we’re looking for; neither does white chocolate or those beloved Hershey bars.

What type of chocolate is a smart choice then?

Dark chocolate that has a cacao content of at least 60 percent. You’ll have to pay attention to your taste buds though: the higher the cacao content, the more bitter the chocolate tastes. When it gets up to 80 percent, it’s a little bit tough to take. But if you get some that’s right between 60 and 70 percent, you’re buying something that’s loaded with good stuff. Plus it tastes really good.

How much of it should we eat?

You don’t need that much, actually—only about two squares a day.

To find out why chocolate is one of Dr. Bowden’s diet must-haves and for a delicious recipe, Read more