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The Low Down on The Slow Down by BCAE Wine Sponsor 90+ Cellars

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Mon, Jan 12, 2015

90+ Cellars wine sponsor

Celebrity Chef Class wine sponsor 90+ Cellars is sharing some more of their wine knowledge to help you start your New Year off right!

The Low Down on the Slow Down

As we embrace the start of the New Year, we are all thinking of ways to lead happier, healthier lives.

We love a great glass of wine as much as anybody, and we started 90+ Cellars as a way to share great wine with all of you. For us, wine brings people together, makes food taste better, and simply makes life more enjoyable. Moderate consumption of wine by adults can also have health benefits. Did you know that red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful anti-oxidant that can reduce heart disease? However, as with anything we put in our bodies, alcohol or not, all of us need to be aware of the risks of overdoing it.   

Here a few tips on ways to drink moderately and make wine part of your healthy lifestyle this New Year.

1. Think While you Drink

To be sure, there is a definite difference between drinking and tasting. Drinking seems to come naturally. Pausing to taste seems slower to catch on.  Given the sheer amount of sub-par tasting food and beverages available for purchase, it appears many folks would benefit by stopping to think about what they just put in their mouths. Slowing down to taste not only makes you appreciate better food and drink, but it lengthens the experience without you having to consume more. Try prolonging the enjoyment of every sip, and you’ll be surprised the hidden flavors and textures you’ll discover.

2. Share

Wine comes in a larger bottle for a reason. You’re supposed to share it.  Invite your friend, neighbor, or spouse to share a glass combined with a little conversation.  The act of talking will naturally slow down the amount your drink. Furthermore, conversing leads to better relationships and studies have shown the more relationships we have the happier we are.

3. Enjoy with Food

Think of wine as a part of your meal and treat it like an ingredient, the goal of which is to enhance one’s dining pleasure. Consuming alcohol by itself results in us drinking more, or at least relatively more. When we pair it with food, we can alternate between food and wine consumption slowing the rate of each.  Plus, we have the added benefit of experiencing new flavor combinations and added levels of enjoyment.

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4. Save Some for Later

You don’t have to finish a bottle of wine the same day that it is opened.  Most wine, especially red wines with texture (i.e. tannins) will keep for more than one evening.  In fact, some will even improve overnight.  Red Bordeaux, Piedmont reds like Nebbiolo & Barbera, and heavy duty California Cabernets will even improve on the second day. We’ve enjoyed our 90+ Cellars Barolos better after the bottle was open for 3 or 4 days. Don’t feel pressure to drain the bottle—save some for the next day.

Take this all into account when you open your next bottle of wine, and you’re on the road to a healthy and happy 2015.  I’ll drink (a glass) to that!

Cheers,
Brett

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Keep an eye out for the 90+ Cellars team pouring their wines at celebrity chef classes and the BCAE annual fundraiser Chew on This! Kicked Up Classics on March 12th!

DON'T FORGET! Get 20% off 3 or more bottles of wine in the 90+ Cellars online store! Just enter BCAEWINE at checkout.* Click here to read more about our partnership with 90+ Cellars.

*Restrictions: Only valid for purchases within 90+ Cellars online store. Discount will be applied to product only. Tax and shipping is not discounted. Shipping is $9 flat rate, or free with purchase of 2 or more cases. Discount excludes Wine Club and special gift packs. Cannot be combined with case or Wine Club member discounts - this coupon overrides them. Other restrictions may apply.  Discount expires 9/2/15.

Topics: BCAE, BCAE classes, wine, wine advice, wine education, 90+ Cellars, 2015

Make the BCAE Your Resolution Solution

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Mon, Dec 29, 2014

It's that time of year again, when you're feeling gluttinous, and your wallets are feeling light. If we can find a few spare minutes amongst the holiday madness, we make that list of new year's resolutions: In 2015, I will...

We all make them in one way or another, whether we painstakingly write each and every item down in detail, or simply tell them to ourselves, but keeping them is a whole other ball game. And that's where we come in. No matter the sizes or types of resolutions you have, here at the BCAE, we have classes to help you out.

YOUR FITNESS GOALS

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BCAE January/February Fitness Drop-In Pass
This might just be the best fitness deal in Boston. For only $96, you'll gain access to all 33 sessions of our fitness classes held at the BCAE in January and February. BUT you have to purchase by January 6th! Even if the pass isn't for you, we have lots of options to keep you fit. Browse all of our fitness classes here.

 

YOUR HEALTHY EATING GOALS

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Eating Clean: Tricks to Keep You On Track - Tuesday, February 3rd
Sticking to a plan and staying motivated to cook good dinners is not easy. Having a few tricks up your sleeve and some new recipes to get excited about may very well be the difference that you need.

5 Desserts: 200 Calories or Less - Thursday, February 19th
Start your diet off right in 2015, but no need to sacrifice ALL the good stuff! Learn to make some treats to fit the sweet into your diet.

YOUR OVERALL WELLNESS GOALS

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Your Best Year Yet with Rebecca Pacheco - Sunday, January 25th
The beginning of the year is an ideal time to lay the groundwork for the year ahead. This inspiring course is about settling intentions and pinpointing practical skills to create happiness and success in 2015. It's about understanding the most powerful tool you have for creating the life you want: your mind.

Health & Balance in the New Year - Dates & Times Vary
8 weeks of nutrition and lifestyle coaching, along with weekly group training sessions to truly kickstart your year.

YOUR CAREER AND FINANCIAL GOALS

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The Novel: From Second Draft to Publication - starts Monday, January 12th
Revive the pages that have been sitting there gathering dust. Don't be afraid to take the leap. Join us for the assistance you need.

Twitter 101: Twitter Basics - Wednesday, February 11th
Great for personal use, and even better for your business! There's no better time to start tweeting. All you need to get started in this one session class.

Fundamentals of Investing - starts Tuesday, February 3rd
Don't let your fear of the unknown prevent you from investing in your financial future! Get a broad understanding of financial basics, and learn some simple approaches to investing that can help you reach your long term goals.

Career Crossroads: How to Navigate What's Next - Tuesday, January 13th
Stop procrastinating. You know you need to make a change. Make 2015 the time to do it.

AND MORE TO GET YOU LEARNING AND TRYING NEW THINGS IN 2015:

How to Build a Home Bar - Saturday, January 31st

Learn to Read Music - starts Monday, January 12th

Repurpose Your Old Jewelry at Hidden Jewel - Saturday, January 31st

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Get more resolution guidance here!
And browse the full January/February course catalog here.



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