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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Health E Books Ltd; European ed edition (7 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957131852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957131859
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KS on 8 May 2012
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Wonderful book! Not only does it explain the nutritional benefits of wine but also an interesting analysis of wine consumers. We read many articles on the nutritional benefits of wine but this explains comprehensively what this actually means. Excellently researched.
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Everyone needs to know this about wine. 3 Mar. 2012
By Tuulikki - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading this book I will definitely savor the wine and my life more. The book's advise "See Swirl Smell Taste & Savor" is good in all areas of life:) A truly interesting and well presented book. It is written in very entertaining way, which makes it pleasure to read. Also a lot of interesting and important research has been done to produce this book. And in the end you see that you have learned so much more than just what is wine and its health benefits.
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Nutriwine 21 Dec. 2011
By Regina - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
When there is such a case to be made between moderate wine consumption and health, Why is the European Commission according to this book spending only 3 million per year on marketing wines in the EU while outside the EU is spending over 120 million?

In his book Nutriwine, Ralph Quinlan Forde makes the case that drinking wine benefits health. Ralph demonstrates that wine can be treated as a "superfood" and explains that drinking one glass of wine a day can prevent diabetes, cancer, weak bones and even depression.

With over 500 million citizens in the EU, through his book on Nutriwine, Ralph makes a great contribution to preventative healthcare and also acknowledges the centuries of European lifestyle with wine culture. He explains the wine component of the French paradox of eating high fat diet while staying slim.

As Europeans we not only need to take a leaf out of the Russian and Chinese book on switching from other alcohol to wine for health purposes, that is clear. Additionally, the opportunity for further investment into wine production, research and marketing, we are giving back to European citizens and farmers the opportunity for jobs, creativity and economic success all the while benefitting European Citizens' health and reducing the overall healthcare bill of billions of euro.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Soil to the glass--wine as art and medicine 21 May 2012
By Joanna Daneman - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book gives you insight into the craft and chemistry of wine making, as well as the health benefits, plus a bit about "green" wine manufacturing. Not only health benefits, but climate change is discussed.

I was rather interested to read "NutriWine" because I had, over the years, spent some time in Europe and was fortunate to learn a bit about wine from an expert who worked with us. We had tastings in Beaune, France (heart of the Burgundy region), in Bordeaux, and a neighbor in our village in Germany was an expert in the Rhine wines from our particular region of the Rhine (Hoch Schwarzwald in particular) I also spent some time doing tasting over the years in Sonoma, Napa and the Moselle region--for some time, I worked at a firm that made instruments that were used by wineries to analyze the product. I actually don't collect wine, nor do I drink it that often, but I appreciate the art of winemaking and the health benefits it can produce. I did learn some new things from this book, so that's very exciting.

Here's what I learned: how do you get those essences of "asparagus, oak, berry, cherry, almonds, roses" etc that you can detect when you inhale the aroma of a glass of wine--which is a step that is essential in any tasting after examining color and the "legs" in a glass. It turns out that the essences you detect are actually essential oils identical to those in the very scents you can smell.

I had been told by wine makers in Burgundy that the grapes pick up the pollens and scents from the flowers and plants growing in the region. Not only that, but the fermentation method and the barreling also provide essential oils that flavor the wine (in particular, the oak used and yes, French oak tastes completely different than Californian.) In addition, the vanilla essence comes from wood (and in actuality, this is not surprising, as synthetic vanilla --vanillin, is derived from the lignin wastes of wood.) The author lists the essential oils that are found in the wine, and it's not your imagination--you really are smelling lavender or roses, in chemical form. Those essential oils are right there, stimulating your olfactory nerve.

There is also a discussion of climate change, devastating to wine making whether from a natural cycle in the weather or from industrial effects, and a discussion of "green" wine bottling (for example, in Germany, almost all the bottles used for wine are recycled) and about cork substitutes and their effectiveness. For my money, all wine could all be screw capped, because screw caps are proven to be excellent to preserve wine. I've had my share of bad corks--tragic, so why destroy a tree, the plastic plugs are annoying,and though screw caps have a negative connotation, they work well and are ecologically sound.

What about the health benefits? These are varied. As you may know, your stomach is well-provided with nerves as is your tongue, palate and even esophagus. The effect of acids, bitter elements and sweet flavors works on your nervous system; the bitter components stimulate the vagus nerve (one of the ten cranial nerves) and assists the stomach in digestion, which is why bitters have been, for centuries, used as digestive aids. The acid can assist the stomach in balancing digestion as well, as a sort of feedback to the body to say that enough acid has been produced. The author proposes that wine can help with osteoporosis by creating a better pH environment to allow calcium to be absorbed (more acid in the stomach is helpful.)

A few things missing that I think are important to a discussion of wine and health: I did not see a mention that a low-acid stomach (the problem highlighted in menopausal women) can also lead to gastric reflux disease (GERD) and in fact, alcohol, especially in the evening when the stomach's diurnal rhythm slows down, can provoke acid reflux. Personally, I cannot drink wine in the evening without a problem. So while the health benefits listed here may well be true, you yourself have to find out what you can tolerate or not. For me, if I drink wine, I limit it to four to six ounces at most, and earlier in the evening, the better. And not often.

I would have appreciated a mention that not everyone can tolerate alcohol. If you are Asian, you may find it hard to metabolize, if you are older, especially women, you may also find it hard to metabolize alcohol, and it can sneak up on you. As we age, we lose the ability to process alcohol, so you must be careful and never EVER drink and drive, even one drink. At the 0.08 legal limit common in most places, it is very easy to be over the limit if you don't process your wine quickly enough. Women have smaller livers, and can tolerate far less, so healthwise, this is quite important and fatty liver disease (associated with obesity) is not helped by drinking. And finally, if you cannot tolerate alcohol for various reasons, there are sources of reversatrol, the element that is an antioxidant in wine, in supplement form. In short, there are health benefits to wine, but there are also detrimental effects and you must be aware of your own biochemistry.
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The Conscious Consumer 1 May 2012
By Maeve Dublin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Prior to reading this book, I was a fairly regular and enthusiastic wine consumer. Having lived in Italy for a few years and experienced their wine culture, I had definitely come to appreciate wine as part of daily life to be savoured and enjoyed. Having read Ralph's book, I realise that I had already started on the right path in terms of wine consumption, however now I will commit to it far more consciously. I would recommend the book to anyone who already drinks wine and to those who don't. It is insightful in conveying an understanding of how wine evolves from grape through to supermarket shelves and how factors, like climate change, are having an impact on viticulture and the product which we ultimately consume. It will certainly make me think more closely and take a greater interest in the wine I purchase and it's origins. I had never really sought out organic wines before, now I will. I am happy to learn that moderate wine consumption is actually beneficial for my health and I definitely need no more encouragement than that to keep enjoying a glass a day. Please read this book, if you would like to come to an appreciation of the global wine industry and how it really truly affects you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Read 12 April 2012
By Luke - Published on
Format: Paperback
I very much enjoyed this hugely informative book. I admire the time and effort that had gone into researching and writing this book. i greatly appreciated the connection Ralph made between the wine industry and the climate. This wouuld also make an excellent birthday, Christmas or other gift for someone special. Well worth the read. Thank you.
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