Wine & Cheese, the Perfect Pair

Wine and cheese are a common and delicious combination, but in addition to taste, there is another reason to pair these two. To avoid the typical staining of your teeth that occurs when consuming red wine, have some cheese before you start sipping. This way the calcium from the cheese creates a film over your teeth and protects them from the staining of red wine (and the acid found in all wines). Good to know, right?

Photo Credit: Alena Hrbkova

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

Wine = a stain lifter?

Well if it’s white wine then the answer is ‘yes’! White wine has been said to attack red wine stains better than anything else. Just carefully pour some white wine on a red wine stain, cover with enough salt to absorb the liquid, shake off the salt, blot with some club soda, and throw it in the washer. (A good reason for frequent red wine drinkers to keep some white in the house!)

Organic Wine – differences are on the label (& in the bottle)

There are a few different labels that organic wines can carry and I recently found out what means what!


In 2001, the USDA issued the following guidelines for wines that are labeled as organic:

  • “Made with Organic Grapes”– these wines are made up of at least 70% organic grapes and have added sulfites*.
  • “Organic”– no added sulfites and at least 95% of the grapes are organically grown.
  • “100% Organic”– 100% organic grapes and no added sulfites.

*Sulfites are a natural by-product of the wine making process and are present in all wines to different degrees. Very often, sulfites are added to wine to make it more stable and to extend its shelf life. Unfortunately, some people don’t do well with these additional sulfites and have reactions such as skin redness or headaches. For people who have these troubles, organic wines are a great and more pleasant option!