Uncorkings 1.9.12

News and notes from the world of wine.

According to new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, drinking red wine in moderation may reduce estrogen levels, debunking the belief that consuming alcohol increases the body’s estrogen levels—a risk factor associated with breast cancer in women. The study found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes proved to slightly decrease estrogen levels among premenopausal women who consumed eight ounces of red wine nightly for about a month. White wine, which lacks the beneficial chemicals found in red wine, did not show the same remedial effects.

Napa Valley’s Clos Du Val has announced the promotion of Kristy Melton from assistant winemaker to winemaker. Melton is in charge of the brand’s overall stylistic evolution as well as the production of any exclusive small lot and luxury cuvées.

Due to unseasonably warm temperatures this winter, the ice wine harvest from Michigan to Eastern Canada was delayed. Many grape pickers were forced to postpone grape selection into January, resulting in producers having to label their wines as a 2012 vintage rather than 2011.

Western Australian Environment Minister Bill Marmion rejected an application to develop coal mining in the Margaret River wine region. He feared that coal mining would threaten the Margaret River, a local water resource located less than 10 miles from where the mining was proposed to occur. 

According to the Washington Post, the number of United States craft breweries producing beer in aluminum cans has tripled since 2009. Aluminum cans have become a favorite container due to lower shipping costs, superior portability and aluminum’s ability to keep out oxygen.

Published on January 10, 2012