The Wand™ – Drink Pure Wine

Wine headaches are the worst! I can’t tell you how many people dislike wine (especially reds) because of this annoying side effect. In my last post, I talked about why wine causes headaches, which I know probably left many wondering how to prevent them. I read that one option is to take a Claritin or an Allegra (stay away from painkillers though!!) a couple hours before drinking wine if you’re prone to getting headaches. But, who really has time for that?! Or, you could drink lots of water in-between glasses. That’s cool and all, but if you’re like me, sometimes you get caught up in the moment and forget your H20 intake. #oopsmybad Luckily, there’s this magical (ok, maybe it’s not magical) wand that can cure all your troubles. The Wand™ (by PureWine) helps alleviate side effects from drinking wine by removing sulfite preservatives and histamines. Histamines are found in wine and are the…

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Wine, Such a Pain in the….?

Why does certain wine give me a headache? I get asked this question ALL thee time! That’s one of the number one turnoffs that people have about drinking wine, especially when it comes to red. But, we can’t let that be the reason that keeps you from wine. There are so many assumptions out there, I wanted to explore the topic myself and get to the bottom of the question. Let’s see where the source of this pain really comes from! Sulfites – *insert buzzard sound* Many people seem to think that sulfites in wine cause headaches. That’s actually not the case. According to scientists and physicians, sulfites can cause allergy and asthma symptoms, but they don’t cause headaches. Sulfites are added to wine as a preservative to reduce spoilage, improve product consistency, extend shelf life, prevent rapid oxidation and ensure that the original flavors are maintained. Wine has no shelf life without sulfites. Sugar – Alcohol…

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The Orange Wine Phenom?!

Orange wine… Or is it? With so much debate around the validity of orange wine, I’m often reminded of the scenes in Mean Girls where Gretchen keeps trying to make the word “fetch”…well fetch. And, for those not familiar with the term it means cool ;) If you’re not hip to this wine phenom, there IS such a thing as orange wine. I know…it completely goes against everything we’ve been taught about wine…lol. But, just like in my favorite holiday commercial where the M&Ms discover Santa for the first time, orange wine does exist! *insert mouth drop* So, what exactly is orange wine? Well first off, I can tell you that it’s not made from fermented orange skins! In fact, orange wine is actually white wine that is produced like a red. Orange wine is made out of white-fleshed grapes and is then left in contact with the skins for days, weeks or months. The…

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Zest in the West Recap

This fall, I’m racking up my frequent wine event miles. #tistheseason   Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Zest in the West at Château Crystale. Imagine being stuck in a room filled with unlimited wines AND food from some of the best restaurants in West Houston. Sounds like paradise to me! Well that’s what Zest in West is…. a wino and foodie’s dream come true! With so many wines, it can be overwhelming trying to remember which wines you actually liked. Luckily, I have these events down to a science and have discovered a method to help me keep track of my favorites. Check out my YGOM picks below. Ty’s Takeaways… First up at the event was the Bubbles & Brews outdoor reception. Although, I’m not a big fan of the bubbly, I discovered some new contenders that will definitely help make sparkling wine great for me again ;) IL Ugo! – This was actually my favorite…

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Whole Foods Bar

I’m always looking for new places to enjoy wine. More and more, I’m discovering that you don’t have to go some fancy shmancy wine bar to have good wine! Recently, a friend pointed out that Whole Foods has an amazing bar with great wine deals, so you know I had to check it our for myself. Ty’s Takeaways… The sip and shop experience just keeps getting better and better. Earlier this summer, I blogged about Kroger’s Cork & Tap. That was my first taste at what an in-store wine bar could offer. That was until I visited the Whole Foods Bar in Montrose. The bar in Wholes Foods is on another level and even puts some of the local happy hours in the neighborhood to shame! Here’s why: Wine List: The Whole Foods Bar wine list is more extensive than Cork & Tap’s. It includes over 20 red, white, and sparkling wines. The menu often has…

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