Moderate Alcohol Consumption: Glass of Wine Eases Stroke Risk in Women

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Study finds that low to moderate alcohol consumption reduces risk of stroke in women. Another reason to purchase the Mr. Picky Moderation Wine Glass:

By Chris Kaiser
Cardiology Editor, MedPage Today

Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner

A study of more than 80,000 women found that low to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with a 17% to 21% reduction in risk of stroke.

Action Points

  • Explain that a study of more than 80,000 women found that low to moderate alcohol consumption (a half glass to a glass and a half) was associated with a 17% to 21% reduction in risk of stroke.
  • Note that the benefit of low to moderate alcohol consumption on reduced stroke risk was the same for ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke.

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Arch Rock Fish: No Corkage Fee for our 2008 Dierberg Santa Maria Pinot Noir

Dierberg wine label: Dierberg is in all caps, Pinot Noir is italic.By Mr. Picky
Entertaining friends from out of town is always fun especially when they’ve got that wine-tasting glow from a day spent up in Santa Ynez Valley. We wanted to take our friends, Sue & Brian, somewhere fun with good food and a decent wine list. We had heard that Arch Rock Fish was just the place.

Scanning their website, I noticed there was no corkage fee for wines not on their wine list. The bloated cost of wine at restaurants is one of the main impediments to dining out, so this was a huge incentive to select Arch Rock Fish.

We brought a 2008 Dierberg Santa Maria Pinot Noir that was unusually robust for a Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, and had a beautiful, sweet, earthy nose and a soft, luscious, round, spicy finish. It paired well with our seafood.

Sue ordered the crab, complete with bucket, wooden mallet, and pliers. Mrs. Picky ordered the Grilled Salmon, and Brian and I picked the Wild Bass. Sue, who is the epitome of style and grace, had suddenly transformed into a culinary version of Rosie the Riveter, cracking crab shells with the pliers and bludgeoning the bottom dwellers into oblivion with the wooden mallet. Brian, a victim of crab flak (at one point a shard of crab shrapnel just missed his left eye), stared on in amused disbelief. Read More

Lompoc Wine Ghetto Holding 2nd Annual Locals Day Featuring 18 Top Notch Wineries

Wine barrels lined up in a cellarIf you haven’t discovered the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, now is your chance. The Lompoc Wine Ghetto possibly has highest concentration of top-notch wineries (18) in a small area anywhere. And if you love Pinot Noir, this is your event, although the Wine Ghetto features a variety of varietals from Bordeaux to Italian. And on Sunday, March 25, wine tasting “passports” are available for $40. Lompoc locals will only be charged $30.

On Sunday, March 25, the tasting rooms of the Sobhani Industrial Park, better known as the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, will host its second annual “Locals’ Day” with music, food vendors, discounted taxis, and reduced rates for wine tasting.

The Wine Ghetto’s Locals’ Day was begun in 2011 to honor local residents and the Lompoc community.

Wine Tasting “passports” will be available for $30 to Lompoc/Village/VAFB Residents. Each passport entitles its bearer to a souvenir glass and special Locals’ Day tastings between noon and 4 pm at all of the tasting rooms in the Wine Ghetto: Ampelos, Arcadian, Black Sheep Finds, Bratcher, Evening Land, Fiddlehead, Flying Goat, Jalama Wines, Joseph Blair, La Vie, Longoria, Loring Wine Co., Piedrasassi, Palmina, Samsara, Stolpman, Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, and Zotovich. Read More

90 Point French Rhone Red Wine for Under $10

Label is a red square with the letter P on it.The 2009 Chateau Pesquie Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a rich blend of  70% Grenache and 30% Syrah tastes more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a Cotes du Ventoux, and is a steal for under $10.

Winemaker’s notes: Dark red color, with a nose blossoming into jammy berry aromas set off by a touch of spice. The well-structured, powerful mouthfeel with elegant tannins is enhanced by slightly woody licorice notes. Long finish.
Alcohol by volume: 14.0%


The Wine Advocate, 90 points:
Another of my favorite estates in the up-and-coming Cotes du Ventoux appellation, Pesquie’s inexpensive 2009 Terrasses is a custom cuvee put together by American importer Eric Solomon. Composed of 70% Grenache (from 60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (from 30-year-old vines), aged in neutral oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this 10,000-case cuvee hits every sweet spot on the palate. This dense ruby/purple-colored wine offers up scents of licorice, black cherries, raspberries, pepper, and meat juices. Medium to full-bodied with a structured, well-delineated mouthfeel, good freshness, a heady finish, and firm, but well-balanced tannins, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years.

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Skinnygirl to Release Low-Calorie Skinnygirl Wine

Sexy skinny girl with glass of Champagne

Skinnygirl, the company that made it big with its Skinnygirl Margarita, is branching out into the world of wine with Skinnygirl Rosé, Skinnygirl Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio, and Skinnygirl Syrah. A 5-ounce serving of Skinnygirl wine is 100 calories. It looks like the Mr. Picky Moderation Glass would be a great tool to help the Skinnygirl followers measure their wine:

Skinnygirl logo is a black and red drawing of a skinny girl with a shaker in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Here top is red. The rest of her outfit is black.

Skinnygirl logo

By Lucy Shaw,
Ready-to-drink low-calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl, one of the biggest US drinks industry success stories of 2011, is to expand into wine next month.

Skinnygirl will launch three low-calorie California wines – a Syrah blend, a Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio blend and a Grenache/Syrah rosé blend, priced at US $15.

Each of the wines will check in at 12% alcohol and 100 calories per 5-ounce serving (148ml).

Skinnygirl wine creator Bethenny Frankel.

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Skinnygirl is the brainchild of entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel (left), who appeared in American reality TV show Real Housewives of New York City, then went on to launch a reality spin-off series on Bravo, three books and a career focused on healthy living.

Skinnygirl became one of the fastest-growing brands in the spirits industry on the strength of its flagship low-calorie ready-to-drink margarita, introduced in 2009.

The Skinnygirl margarita sold 90,000 cases in 2010, according to Impact Databank, leading to Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc.’s purchase of the brand in March 2011. Read More

Mr. Picky’s Wine of the Week: Temecula Sauvignon Blanc Damn Good for Under $5

Bottle of chilled, frosty 2010 Callaway Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection

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The Mr. Picky Wine of the Week is 2010 Callaway Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection for $4.99. This isn’t the kind of wine in which you savor every sip, but it’s clean, crisp, refreshing, and damn good for the price. It’s a Weekday Wine. If I had my druthers, as an old news-hound friend of mine used to say, I would be tipping the finest wine nightly. But I don’t have my druthers, so Callaway Sauvignon Blanc it is.


This Sauvignon Blanc was harvested to maximize the freshness and fruit of the grape. The wine was slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks at an average temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit to create a tantalizing nose and a fresh clean finish. Read More

The New Sonoma Diet Touts Red Wine Benefits, Endorses Mr. Picky Moderation Glass

On the day the groundhog saw his shadow you may have seen your shadow and thought, “Time to get bathing suit ready, spring is coming!” Just the thought of going on yet another diet is stressful. The sacrifices, the avoidance of social situations, and let’s face it — the hunger! If you’re a wine lover your first thought is “I am NOT giving up my wine!” Many people stop right there or turn to exercise, drugs and other ways to have their cake and eat it too. Well guess what? You don’t have to give up your wine. Dr. Connie Guttersen to the rescue! Her New Sonoma Diet, available for purchase at, touts the health benefits of red wine with a mediteranean-based diet.

The New Sonoma Diet includes everything you need to trim down, create glowing health with a glass of wine to boot. Portion control is one of the keys to making the New Sonoma Diet successful with the use of plate sizing, which eliminates the need to measure or count calories. You are allowed one glass of wine with dinner or lunch. I know, you want the whole bottle, but here’s the thing, you drink it slowly and enjoy every sip increasing your pleasure tremendously. But how do you know what a “glass of wine” is? How many ounces, cups, millileters? That’s where the Mr. Picky Moderation Wine Glass comes in. The cleverly designed glass has discrete markings for 4, 6 and 8 ounces making it a cinch to have your cake and eat it too! Here is what Dr. Guttersen has to say about The Mr Picky® Moderation Wine Glass:

“We love the Mr. Picky® Moderation Wine Glass. What a great idea to help people enjoy their delicious wine by keeping it easy to stay mindful and aware of just how much you are actually serving yourself.  It is so interesting how easy it is to underestimate how much you really are drinking, especially for those of us who LOVE wine!  After all, balance is the best way, as we know from the healthy Sonoma Philosophy.”

To learn more about the Mr. Picky Moderation Wine Glass, click here.

Picky Wine of the Week: Paso Robles Rhone Blend From Thomas Alexander Winery

Label has the text "Thomas Alexander" with a tiger standing on top.We met Thomas Pitchon while wine tasting and eavesdropping in Paso Robles. We overheard him mention that he was the former associate winemaker for Rosenblum Cellars and now made his own wine. Curious, we struck up a conversation. After asking him a few questions, we learned that his winery, Thomas Alexander, specialized in small production Rhone blends. The longer we talked to him about his wine, the more animated he became, and the more excited we were to try his wine. We got the sense that this guy knew what he was doing. When we got home we ordered a bottle of 2009 Thomas Alexander Les Origines, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre.

A couple of weeks later, we opened a bottle for Grandpa Picky’s 99th b-day and it was a hit. The wine was very bright and fresh with a touch of spice, and more European in style than most Paso Robles wines. It reminded me of some of Tablas Creek Vineyard‘s Rhone blends. When I asked Thomas about my assessment, he said:

“I do, in fact, source my grapes from the vineyard adjacent to Tablas Creek’s.  But, moreso, I did very much strive to create a more European style wine, that is a nuanced wine, but also powerful as well.  I have always been a huge fan of the Rhone.  In fact, Chateauneuf du Pape dominates my wine collection. After years of making wine for Rosenblum Cellars (heavy, rich wines from all over California), I really wanted to add a deft touch to the wine. Plus, my wife is from France and I needed to keep her happy.” Read More

Mr. Picky’s Santa Barbara Wine app is Now Free!

Screen shot of Santa Barbara Wine app search pageThe Mr. Picky Santa Barbara Wine Tasting iPhone app v. 2.0 is our best wine tasting iPhone app yet and is packed with a ton of new features. There are two versions: One is FREE (!) with advertising; the other is a free upgrade for previous customers. This version has no advertising. For the FREE version, click here. For the 99 cent version, click here.

The Mr. Picky Santa Barbara Wine Tasting iPhone App is a guide to all of the wineries in Santa Barbara County (not just Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association wineries) a few tasting rooms and wine bars, and a handful of Mr. Picky-approved restaurants. The App will help guide users from the Urban Wine Trail in downtown Santa Barbara to the Wine Ghetto in Lompoc and all points in-between.

The Powerful Search Page in Mr. Picky’s Santa Barbara Wine Tasting iPhone app Version 2.0

The Search page is the most powerful addition to V2 of the App. You can now search by using any or all of the following criteria:

  1. Search Field (type in keywords like Merlot, Foxen, Santa Barbara Winery, etc.)
  2. Select a Sub-region (Los Olivos, Santa Rita Hills, etc.).
  3. Slide the Sideways button to the ON position to list wineries that were in the movie Sideways.
  4. Slide the Mr. Picky’s Favorites button to the ON position to list Mr. Picky’s Favorite wineries.
  5. Slide the My Favorites button to the ON position to view your favorite wineries.
  6. Slide the Near Me button to the ON position to view a list of wineries nearest you. Read More

Paso Port’s Violeta Causing Rifts in Picky’s Home

By Mr. Picky
One recent cold and rainy evening, I was craving something a little different than the usual glass of wine. I was eyeing the contents of the  fridge, when I spotted an opened bottle of 2007 Paso Port Violeta. Ah, the perfect drink for a cold and rainy evening.  As I started to pour a small glass, I got reprimanded by Mrs. Picky.

“That was a birthday gift from Aunt Linda.”

“But I’m just having a small taste.”

“It’s supposed to be for special occasions. I want this stuff to last.”

“But I’m just having a small taste.”

“But it was a birthday gift for me.”

Port Wine from Paso Robles CA - Paso Port Violeta LabelThis was a first. Mrs. Picky has never stopped me from opening a bottle of wine no matter how special it is. At first I thought she was being selfish, but slowly realized that she, like I, loved this port. Since I didn’t want to sleep on the couch, I decided to pour the port back into the bottle, but not before taking a sip of this heavenly juice.

It’s also important to point out that we are not big fans of port. But something about Violeta is so powerful that it is creating conflict in the Picky home. Violeta, Paso Port’s flagship port, is made exclusively from traditional Portuguese varietals and there is a delicate, sweet spiciness that has us wanting more. Read More