Monday, March 26, 2018

Wine's Effect On Your Teeth

Have you ever taken a sip of a deep red wine and it left a purple tint to your teeth? It's pretty common, and unattractive. Luckily we have some tips to help you avoid this and some insight as to what effect wine has on your teeth.

Susceptible to erosion due to acids, the enamel on your teeth is the part that is most effected by wine since wine is high in acids. In addition to the short-term staining of your teeth caused by wine, long-term dullness of your teeth is a concern. Red wine usually takes the blame for teeth staining because of the obviously darker color it has. It also causes more staining because it's high in chromogens, which can also be found in coffee and tea, other teeth staining drinks. The tannins in red wine can help the chromogens bind to teeth. We can't put all the blame on red wine, though. White wine is very high in acidity which breaks down tooth enamel. When the enamel is broken down it allows food and drinks to penetrate the teeth, thus staining them.

All of this may sound a bit overwhelming for wine drinkers, but there's no reason to stop enjoying your favorite bottle. Dr. John Aylmer, a Weston, FL dentist, says "If a patient tells me they drink a lot of wine, it doesn't raise any great concerns for me, as long as they're sticking to an effective oral-hygiene regimen." Brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent the effects of wine staining your teeth, just like any other foods (sugar, coffee, etc.).

One way to prevent wine from staining your teeth is to brush your teeth beforehand. This will scrub away plaque that wine can stick to. Then wait at least 30 minutes after drinking wine before brushing again to prevent from moving all the acid from wine throughout your mouth.

An even easier trick to prevent staining is to swish water around your mouth periodically while drinking wine to wash away the staining components. Since water is a neutral substance, it restores normal pH levels in your mouth, aiding in the reduction of cavity causing bacteria. It can also help your mouth produce more saliva which fights off bacteria.

Wine does have a lot of positive effects on your teeth, too!
"A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that red-wine antioxidants prevented plaque-causing bacteria from sticking to gum tissue.

In 2014, another study published in that journal showed that wine might help prevent periodontal disease and teeth loss. In the study, wine with added grapeseed extract was effective in fighting three out of five mouth disease–causing bacterial strains.

In 2007, research from Italy's University of Pavia showed that both white and red wine may help prevent the proliferation of streptococci, a type of bacteria associated with cavities, tooth decay and sore throats. Furthermore, another study from the same year found that polyphenols in grape pomace may help inhibit Streptococcus mutans, the dental pathogen that produces tooth-decaying acid and sugary substances called glucans, which can cause plaque. 

Among these polyphenols, resveratrol might play a key role. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that resveratrol reduced the amount of gingivitis-related bacteria by up to 60 percent in lab tests on mice, performing better than synthetic alternatives."
- Wine Spectator

So don't hold back from having that glass (or two) of wine because you're afraid of it staining your teeth. Drink up!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Napa Valley Restaurants the Locals Visit

Living in one of the most popular tourist locations does make for higher prices and busy seating areas if you're looking to grab a bite to eat. Of course Napa Valley locals know all the best places to eat in the area. Places that are more low-key, comfortable, and affordable. Here are some of the best places that locals eat at:

• Angele - 540 Main (at Fifth St.) Street Napa, California - www.angelerestaurant.com

"We are a French country restaurant and bar offering refined bistro fare, wine and cocktails on the Napa riverfront in the heart of downtown Napa. Our dining room, located in the historic 1890's ship chandlery now known as the Hatt Building, evokes the simple romance of the classic French brasserie, while our riverfront patio celebrates the region's temperate climate and relaxed atmosphere."

• Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch - 738 Main Street St. Helena, California - www.longmeadowranch.com/eat-drink/restaurant

"At our restaurant, our connection to rugged mountain terrain, mineral-rich riverbed benchland, and the cool coastal air is tangible through the dishes and ambiance carefully curated by the Halls and our artisans. The talents of chefs, farmers, cattle ranchers, winemakers, and restaurant managers create a Napa Valley experience like no other."

• La Luna Market & Taqueria - 1153 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, California - www.lalunamarket.com

Featuring a menu full of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and other delicious items, this spicy restaurant is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat! Sit outside and look at the beautiful vineyards in the area while having an affordable lunch.

• Goose and Gander - 1245 Spring St, St Helena, California - www.goosegander.com

"Goose & Gander is a wine country public house- a gathering place for locals and visitors to celebrate Napa Valley’s abundant bounty (or embarrassment of riches). Chef Nic Jones creates amazing rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites served in our pub-like dining room, cherished basement bar or lush patio. The seasonally  driven menu perfectly complements Scott Beattie’s retro-fresh libations or a bottle of  wine from our unique and exciting wine list."

For more restaurants located in the Napa Valley area, visit our website!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hiking in Napa Valley

A lot of people head to Napa Valley to see the amazing vineyards and to taste the delicious wines. While this is a great way to experience the area, there are also other wonderful things to do. Hiking is prevalent in Napa Valley and there are a variety of locations to go and things to see such as the awe-inspiring redwoods and the stunning vistas.

Here are some of the best hikes you can take in Napa Valley:

1. Ritchey Canyon Trail, Calistoga - 8 miles out-and-back, moderate, strenuous
The canyons of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park are home to some of the most majestic redwoods you can imagine. Following Ritchey Creek, the Ritchey Canyon Trail also has trilliums and orchids which are amazing.

2. Dryfoot Trail, St. Helena - 6.4 miles out-and-back, moderate
Moore Creek Park used to be a cattle ranch. Above St. Helena, it runs next to the northeastern shore of Lake Hennessey. Rolling hills offer a great place to hike or bike and the new Dryfoot Trail leads to a swimming hole.

3. Lower Oat Hill Mine Trail, Calistoga - 9 miles out-and-back, strenuous
A beautiful view is offered from the Lower Oat Hill Mine Trail which leads up the hills above Calistoga. The trail follows an old road that used to lead to former cinnabar (mercury) mines. You can view beautiful spring wildflowers on your way up the rocky trail.

4. Buchli Station Road Trail, Napa - 4.75-mile loop, moderate
Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area is on the north shore of San Pablo Bay and offers 15,200 acres of birds, fish, and other beautiful things to see. 

5. Napa River Ecological Reserve, Yountville - 0.5-mile loop, easy
The short loop on this 73 acre preserve is the perfect place to relax and stroll. You can walk underneath tall oaks on this trail that hugs the river.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Our Brand New Magazine!

We've started a brand new wine magazine and we've just published our first issue! H. Montanile's Winery Reviews magazine is a monthly publication that you can download for FREE! The issues will contain topics such as what's trending in wine, monthly featured wines and wineries, our On The Road articles, and much more. 

"As we embark on our e-magazine adventure we will take you with us on our lifetime journey of love, everyday life, family, travel, food & wine. We will share with you daily life tidbits from inside our home and our adventures on the road while bringing you upcoming trends, treasured moments, human interest stories, relevant world events, our recipes, winery experiences, travel information and 
more." - Leslie & Joe Montanile

Our first issue contains some informative articles, including:
• 5 Helpful Tips in Planning Your Wine Country Adventure
• Our Chicken Parmesan Pizza, Stuffed Peppers with Sriracha Kick, and other recipes
• A Little Something About H. Montanile...
• Sonoma County and Napa Maps
• And so much more!

You can download and subscribe to our FREE magazine from the homepage of our website AWineryReview.com today! Or, click here.