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Good evening!

Thanks to everyone that came to the shop for the wine tasting last Saturday.  Many of you had read last week’s email and came by to offer condolences and wishes for success.  A couple of you even expressed interest in working in the shop.  I have always felt that things happen for a reason.  There is a plan for each of us and all we can do is just go with the flow.  Let nature takes its course.

Wayne and I have worked hard to develop the shop and every once in a while we’ve gone in on a Sunday to shake things up a little.  That’s the case last weekend and the next time you come into the shop you might notice a few changes.  More is down the pike. 

Like the Mini-Wine Festival on Saturday, November 15th 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.   It will feature at least four distributors - Brian Fairtile from Siema and Sean Tarallo from International Cellars have signed on to be there and Matt Leader from Country Vintner and Rana Buchanan from Service Distributing are checking their schedules. 

They will be tasting wines that would complement the Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres will be available so you can sample the wine with the food.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  Wine Club members get in free!  Last week we tasted a rose, Williamsburg’s Plantation Blush, which would go great with turkey.

As you know, I enjoy reading Wine Enthusiast for information to pass along and was intrigued by an article this month about the benefits of wine to our health.  My doctor told me last year that it would be beneficial for my health if I cut out wine.  My reply was “do you know what you’re asking me to do!  I own a wine shop!” I compromised and drink wine with my meals.  Denny Watkins wrote an article in Wine Enthusiast about how the antioxidants, resveratrol in red wines and caftaric acid in white wines, are beneficial for the body.  I have offered a condensed version ~ it’s not just good for the heart.

·         Heart – red wine contains quercetin, a blood-pressure lowering flavonoid. A little wine every day lowers blood pressure by several points.

·         Bones – too much wine prevents your body from absorbing Calcium and Vitamin D.  Studies showed that bone density increased in men who drink wine and yet if women stop drinking wine, the risk of osteoporosis increases.

·         Cholesterol – wine lowers your risk of heart attack because it increases your good cholesterol which devours bad cholesterol before it clogs your arteries.

·         Brain – those who drink wine in moderation score better on cognitive function tests.

·         Belly – Piceatannol, a compound in wine that’s almost identical to the antioxidant resveratrol, slows fat cell growth by 20 percent.

·         Libido – regular red wine drinkers have higher levels of testosterone, which revs the libido in both men and women.

·         Liver – Excess alcohol of any kind will destroy the liver but red wine in moderation protects it.  The antioxidant resveratrol helps fight fat buildup that is a reason for liver failure.

·         Plumbing – tannins aid good bacteria in the digestive system and can help prevent colon cancer.

·         Skin – phenols and flavonoids found in red and white wines can bolster collagen which will help delay wrinkles.

Friday, October 17th Beer Tasting ~ 5:00 – 7:00 pm ~ Wayne will be in the shop tasting some beers and ciders.

Saturday, October 18th Wine Tasting ~ 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. ~ Last week we compared two Virginia chardonnay’s and two Virginia merlots.  One of the chardonnay wines had been fermented in oak and the other in stainless steel.  This gave our customers an opportunity to distinguish between the two and I guess it was a matter of which you liked.  It was a split vote.  The same could be said for the merlots.  One had been fermented a little longer in oak barrels and so it was a question of whether you appreciated a bolder merlot with character or a more fruity merlot.  Again, it was a split vote.  This week we will be sampling another assortment of Virginia wines.

Upcoming Wine Tastings ~ Ingleside Winery will be in the shop on October 25th.

Replenished Soups ~ Tiffany Andrews with Colonial Thymes brought more soups in the shop last week.  We now have Broccoli Cheese; Hearty County Vegetable & Whole Grain; Bacon Cheddar Potato and Heirloom Garden Tomato.

Next week we plan to replenish the chocolates and chips.

Upcoming Community Events

  • Saturday, October 18 ~ 25th Annual Bowling Green Harvest Festival, 10 – 5.  Visit:  
  • TuesdayOctober 21 ~ Caroline County Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. at Wright's Chapel United Methodist Church in Ladysmith Virginia. Karen Henderson, owner of the Wright Touch Holistic Wellness Practice and Herb Farm in  Caroline County, will speak on the many benefits of herbal medicine. October is bulb, seed, and plant exchange month; please bring and share! Business meeting at eleven, followed by lunch and presentation. Contact: 804-366-1750.
  • FridaySaturday, October 24 and 25 ~ Creepy Crawly Halloween Activities at Caroline Family YMCA
  • Saturday, October 25 ~ Frog Level Parade
  • Saturday, November 8 ~ St. Asaph’s Annual Fall Pork Roast, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Bowling Green
  • Saturday, November 15 ~ 6th Annual Bowling Green Art Show at Town Hall Events Room. 9:00 to 3:00Caroline Co. School artwork will also be on display
  • Saturday, November 15 ~ St. Asaph’s “Elegant Evening” Fundraiser for the Church.

If you have a community event you would like us to advertise shoot us an email and we will be glad to add you to the schedule!


Kay and Wayne

If you have an event you would like us to help promote, please shoot me an email and
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Taste of Grapes Wine Shop ~ Kay Brooks, Owner
18196 Jefferson Davis Highway ~ Ladysmith, Virginia ~ Phone: 804.448.8008
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