heartResearchers from the Public Assistance Hospitals in Paris concluded that those who enjoyed low or moderate intake of alcohol tended to exercise more, have higher social status and suffer from less stress compared to people who never touched a drop or drank to excess.

The nearly 150,000 volunteers - more than 97,000 men and 52,000 women – were split into five groups that consisted of no alcohol consumption, low alcohol consumption, moderate drinkers, heavy drinkers and former drinkers.

The results showed those who drank moderately were more likely to have lower cardiovascular disease risk, heart rate, stress, depression and body mass index (BMI), according to the report.

“Importantly, the findings showed moderate alcohol consumption is a powerful general indicator of optimal social status, and this could be a key reason for improved health in these subjects,” study author, Dr. Boris Hansel said. Moderate drinkers also scored higher on health measures such as respiratory function and physical activity. http://www.foxnews.com

Visitors to Paris, France can now experience exclusive wine tastings from O Château at the Montmartre Vineyard at a discount, with the Paris Pass.

In addition to a 20 Euro discount on all tastings or a free ticket to its introductory tasting, visitors to O Château will benefit from all of the savings that the Paris Pass gives its holders. 

 Paris Pass also includes a metro ticket for travel within the city centre and includes a 128-page multi-lingual guidebook complete with some exclusive special offers in selected shops and restaurants. You can also use the interactive maps available online to see and plan out your days in the City of Lights.

To find out more about the Paris Pass, the  vineyards in Paris and the attractions included or to buy a pass, visit www.parispass.com   

What is an enviable annual salary for most was a bar tab for six on a recent evening at Mayfair's five-star Westbury Hotel’s Polo Bar (www.westburymayfair.com ), a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, when a mystery "Russian billionaire" plunked down $53,000 for a Methuselah of Dom Perignon Rosé Gold 1996 and then rewarded the barman for the bubbly with a $16,000 tip, on top of the obligatory service charge of more than $6600!

The total tab paid by credit card was in excess of $76,000, more than $2,375 per glass (a Methuselah is the equivalent of 8 regular bottles of Champagne). The entire bottle was drunk by ''six friends'' - in less than 45 minutes said Bar manager Elias Yiallouris who refused to reveal the buyer's identity.

The Methuselah, a large bottle dipped in rose gold and worth more than the champagne itself, holds 6 liters (1.59 gallons). The purchase took place during an afterparty for the screening of the new movie "Boogie Woogie" – an art-based comedy by Danny Moynihan set in London -at the Westbury Hotel and according to witness reports within minutes of delivery 3 glasses of the pricey champagne had been spilled.

While some other rare bottles of Champagne have sold at auction for higher amounts, the $53,000 bottle of Dom is the most expensive ever sold in a British bar. The posh Polo Bar is one of only three in Britain that carries the pricey item, known as the "King of Champagnes," housed in a pink gold plated metal casing. Only 35 bottles are produced annually, made with grapes from specially selected vineyards from the best Grand Crus and stored for 12 years before being bottled.

According to its makers, the blend is ''characterized by the vivacious interplay between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes'' and is ''copper pink with shades of amber and gold'' in colour and it has a fragrance of mature fruits and an after-taste marked by a slightly vanilla note. It is divine.”

 Wine industry veteran Robert Bath, M.S., will now teach classes at the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program (AWBP), Greystone Campus,  Napa Valley’s.  A third-generation Californian, Mr. Bath passed the Master Sommelier exam in 1993 and is one of 105 Master Sommeliers in the United States and 170 in the world. He has spent more than 30 years in the wine and food industry, managing high-profile, wine-oriented restaurants, working with high-profile California wineries, and teaching thousands around the world about wine.

"The Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program signals a significant new step in front-of-the-house education by the CIA, and Bob's credentials and extensive experience in the industry will play a key role in the launch of this program and its credibility in the marketplace" said Paul Dray, associate director of the CIA's Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies. Robert Bath joined The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone as an adjunct professor in 2003 to teach advanced wine programs. He writes for Santé magazine and the Sommelier Journal and is a frequent speaker at wine festivals around the world.

In partnership with Cork ReHarvest, which has led the cork recycling movement in North America, helping collect and recycle some of the 13 billion natural corks that are produced each year,  Whole Foods Market is the first national retailer to launch a cork recycling program and will accept natural wine corks at all of its 292 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
  “We often forget that cork is a renewable, recyclable material that does not belong in our landfills, said Erez Klein, wine and beer buyer for Whole Foods Market’s Pacific Northwest Region, which first launched the program.
Through Cork ReHarvest, there is virtually zero increase in carbon footprint. Corks make their entire journey from stores to recycling centers on trucks that already are en route to each destination.
 West of the Rockies, corks will be delivered to Western Pulp, where they will be turned into recyclable wine shippers containing 10 percent cork. In the Midwest, corks will be sent to Yemm & Hart, which produces cork floor tiles. And on the East Coast and in the UK, corks will be transported to Jelinek Cork Group, one of the oldest cork manufacturers in North America, where old corks will be made into post-consumer products.
“Our winery was the first to use cork certified by the Rainforest Alliance to Forest Stewardship Council standards so Cork ReHarvest was a logical evolution in our commitment to the sustainability of the cork forests,” said Jim Bernau, Founder/President of Willamette Valley Vineyards. “As stewards of the land, the health of our planet comes first.  Additionally, wine made from naturally grown grapes tastes better.”
For more information on the program, visit www.corkreharvest.org    .


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