Gluten-free Wine, Hangover-free Beer and 23 New Molecules Discovered in Wine

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Winemakers Adam and Dianna Lee of Siduri Wines have announced the implementation of gluten testing on their Siduri Pinot Noirs beginning with the 2012 vintage. The winery will disclose this information via the winery’s Web site and QR codes found on the wine labels, allowing customers to review ingredients, additives and winemaking processes affecting each wine. The 2012 Siduri Sonoma County Pinot Noir will be the first wine bearing the new QR code.

Vintage Wine Estates announced its purchase of Napa Valley’s Clos Pegase Winery and Vineyards on Wednesday.  The acquisition of the estate includes the Calistoga vineyards and a lease of the 450-acre Los Carneros vineyards. Clos Pegase Winery was founded in 1984 by Jan Shrem. Santa Rosa-based Vintage Wine Estates’s portfolio includes Girard Winery, Cosentino Winery, Windsor Vineyards, Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Cartlidge & Browne Winery, and Ray's Station. The company plans to increase Clos Pegase’s distribution and invest in its facilities. 

Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. and Folonari brand are teaming up for September’s National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to “Turn the Towns Teal.” For every bottle of Folonari sold throughout the month, a donation of $.50 will be used to raise cancer awareness in communities across the country. The campaign will feature teal ribbons distributed by volunteers, while special events targeted at women’s groups are planned starting in September.

Australian scientists have created a hangover-free beer, or so they claim. To achieve this feat, a team at Queensland-based Griffith Health Institute manipulated electrolytes in two commercially available beers (one light, one “regular”) and gave them to research subjects who had lost a significant amount of water through sweating and exertion. Electrolytes are known to fight dehydration, so researchers studied participants’ fluid recovery and found that the lighter beer aided in water-retention, which could result in less likelihood of hangovers. Researchers do not recommend drinking the enhanced beer after exercise in lieu of other electrolyte-driven drinks, though, citing risk related to drinking alcohol while already dehydrated.

Beam Inc. is launching Red Stag Hardcore Cider, an expansion of its Red Stag flavored Bourbon label. Available nationwide, the Hardcore Cider is an 80-proof whiskey infused with apple cider flavors and sells for $18 per 750-ml bottle. It is the fourth flavor of Beam’s Red Stag.

After launching exclusively in Oregon in April, Craft Brew Alliance’s gluten-free Omission IPA is now available in 11 more states, including New York, California and Washington. Brewed by CBA’s Widmer Brothers Brewing, Omission IPA (6.7% abv) is priced at $10 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research raised a record $9.2 million at its 15th Annual Wine Celebration event in Napa Valley. With wine tastings, seminars and auctions held on August 1–3, the Wine Celebration’s total donations include nearly $1.2 million in “fund-a-need” donations honoring Good Morning America cohost Robin Roberts and her fight against cancer.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus and Australia’s University of Adelaide have discovered 23 previously undetected stilbenoids in red wine. The molecules, which are believed to have health benefits, are related to resveratrol, an antioxidant that may impact aging-related diseases. 

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