Archive for the ‘wine’ Category

Aux armes, citoyens! Aux barricades!

July 14, 2014

Aux armes, citoyens! Aux barricades!

It’s July 14th, La Fête Nationale, Bastille Day, the holiday commemorating this date in 1789 when crowds stormed the Bastille Saint-Antoine prison, an event leading to the founding of the French Republic. Today La République faces a greater, more insidious threat than the monarchy of Louis XVI.

Last summer French hypermarchés began hyping a new beverage to innocent jeunes: A wine that tastes like Coca-Cola. The icebox wine cooler called Rouge Sucette (Red Lollipop), produced by Haussmann Famille/Châteaux en Bordeaux, is 75 per cent wine with sugar, water, and cola flavoring added. Quelle horreur!


Flu Flight Fear!

April 29, 2009

Flu Flight Fear!

AirTran Flight 85 from Cancun radioed BWI airport last night. Two passengers were nauseous and feverish. Sick people returning from Mexico!

The flight landed and was met by emergency personnel, who whisked the men into isolation pending medical examination.

It was not Swine flu.

Diagnosis: drunk.

Our hypothesis: booze prevents Swine Flu.

Prescription: Ethanol (C2H5OH). Consult an adult beverage professional for details.

To your health! ¡Salud! A Votre Sante!  Lechyd da! Na zdrav! Egé szé gé re! Alla Salute!


Disclaimer:This blog post is not intended to substitute for the advice of qualified physicians, sommeliers, pharmacists, cocktail waitresses, or licensed health-care and hospitality professionals. Intoxicating beverages may have warning information and instructions on the packaging, which you should carefully read and follow. Contact your health care provider if you suspect you have a medical problem, and inform your host about spoiled fermented fluids or badly-mixed cocktails. The use of intoxicating beverages may not have been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and their use is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition.

Use of the term “hypothesis” does not apply to actual American healthcare practice, which is firmly anecdotal and non-scientific. U.S. medical and pharmaceutical decision making presupposes that pain and disease are primarily profit centers (official motto: “Everybody dies; above all, do no harm to stockholders”).

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Meltdown Limits Medical Resources

April 6, 2009

Meltdown Limits Medical Resources

For the first time in years, hospital employment has declined. Medical facilities are laying off employees in New York City, Philadelphia, and Ohio; Milwaukee-area hospitals lost $45 million in the last five months; over 45 million Americans lack health insurance; public hospitals deny cancer patients chemotherapy; U.S. hospitals are going bankrupt and closing.

Troubled times call for great sacrifices. The School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco has imposed drastic new financial limits. From this date forward, UCSF doctors and administrators will have to limit expense account wine purchases to $75 per bottle or less.


Happy Hour Health Risk

February 27, 2009

Hapy Hour Health Risk

Sobering news for the ladies: a study of over a million women found that just one alcoholic drink a day increases your risk of cancer.  Wine, beer, or liquor, the risk is the same. The more drinks, the greater the risk.

Results of the British study will be published next week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, but here is a tasting menu (acidic, bitter; hints of pharynx, esophageal, larynx, rectum, breast, and liver tumors):

 “Study Links Alcohol, Cancer Risk in Women,” PBS Online News Hour

“A Drink a Day Raises Women’s Risk of Cancer, Study Indicates,” Rob Stein, Washington Post