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The Pinotage Association has asked FIFA to designate Pinotage as the official wine for the 2010 Football World Cup, which will take place in South Africa in June and July 2010. This is the first time the World Cup has been held in Africa.

Cobus Dowry, Minister of Agriculture for Western Cape, came out in strong support and has undertaken to present the request to the World Cup Committee. "The Department of Agriculture Western Cape wholeheartedly supports the initiative and agrees that 2010 Soccer World Cup is the ideal opportunity to present a truly unique South African wine. Pinotage wine at the official functions during the World Cup celebrations will assist to strengthen the image and value of Pinotage," he said.
 
Beyers Truter, Pinotage Association Chairman, said that South Africa has practical and patriotic reasons for promoting Pinotage as a grape variety that provides wines of superior quality. He said "If the request is accepted, we will donate a sufficient quantity of wood-matured Pinotage wine for official functions and for participants and winners of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. We do not want to become involved in the commercial opportunities, as there are enough cellars and other instances that are structured to do this."

The 2010 World Cup Pinotage wines will be selected by a panel of experts and will be bottled under a generic Pinotage label.. 
 
Although Pinotage grapes became part of the SA national vineyards at a much later stage than the classic European red wine cultivars, it produces nearly 15% of the total tonnage of red wine grapes harvested in South Africa. The international demand for Pinotage wines is thus clearly illustrated by the fact that it comprises about 11% of all these natural wines exported from South Africa.
 
The Pinotage Association also requested South African Airways to name one of their aeroplanes ʽPinotageʼ on the route between London and Cape Town in order to increase the awareness of the variety.

 

                                                     The Hidden Poison in Your Wineglass                                                              

You've heard quite a bit about the health benefits of red wine. Not long ago, Dr. Sears told you about its anti-aging benefits, and I wrote about its ability to protect against two health-harming byproducts of fat digestion.
But if you're a wine drinker, there's something you should know: You may be exposing yourself to high levels of fluoride. This dangerous chemical has negative effects on the brain, thyroid, pineal gland, kidneys, and reproductive organs.
So how does fluoride get into wine? Via cryolite - a fluoridated pesticide predominantly used on California grapes.
Researchers from California State University conducted a five-year study of vineyards throughout the San Joaquin Valley. They found fluoride levels between 3 and 6 ppm (parts per million) in Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Thompson seedless, Barbera, Muscat Candi, and Ruby Cabernet grapes. Fluoride levels were between 6 and 9 ppm in French Colombard and Zinfandel grapes.
At 6 ppm, one glass of wine (175 ml) would deliver as much fluoride as about a liter of "optimally fluoridated" water!
The solution? Choose organic wine grown without pesticides to reduce your exposure to fluoride and other compounds that promote disease. 

Wine prevents macular degeneration

You already know drinking red wine keeps your heart healthy. 
 
 But there's more good news -- it can also save your eyesight!graphic
Food scientists at Ohio State University believe it's the resveratrol in red wine that helps stave off age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly. However, men and women should drink differing amounts, as Dr. Steven Pratt explains.

 


 

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