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Raymond Vineyards Loves Raymonds

Plus, great news for wine-loving couch potatoes, and no end in sight for the summer of wine crime

Posted: July 7, 2011

• Nielsen ratings have been telling us for years that everyone does indeed love Raymond. Now Raymond Vineyards is taking that knowledge to the tasting room. The winery has created an "I Love Raymond Club," inviting anyone named Raymond (first name, middle name, last name—all Rays are welcome) to join the free club and receive some very lovable perks: complimentary tastings for life at Raymond Vineyards, a $1 half-bottle of Raymond Cabernet, invitation to the annual Raymond-only barbecue at the winery (the first of which will be held this Sept. 10) and various Ray-related accoutrements. Napa Valley's Raymond Vineyards was founded in 1971 by Roy Raymond and his sons, Roy, Jr. and Walter, and Raymonds can join the club by visiting www.raymondvineyards.com. According to the U.S. census, there are more than 700,000 Rays here in the States—Unfiltered hopes Raymond Vineyards has made plans for an extension on that tasting room.

• The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal published a study observing the effects of resveratrol on muscle mass, bone strength and insulin resistance for sedentary creatures, re: Dungeons & Dragons junkies and astronauts. The creatures in this case, however, were rats hung by their back legs (to simulate the weightlessness experienced in space) and orally fed resveratrol, a compound found in several foods, most notably red wine. The rats given resveratrol did not experience any of the negative side effects those in the control group suffered—decreased muscle mass, decreased bone-mineral density and an increased insulin resistance (a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes). Perhaps science is telling us that red wine pairs perfectly with couch potato.

• The Summer of Wine Crime rages on with the sad news that Terroir Al Límit, a premium winery in Spain’s Priorat region owned by Eben Sadie (of South Africa’s Sadie Family), Dominik Huber and Jaumé Sabate, has been severely vandalized. Last month, an unknown perpetrator broke into the winery’s cellar, opened taps on some tanks of wine to spill it and pumped others with bleach. Once all the contaminated wine is destroyed, about 25 percent of the production will have been lost. It’s a puzzling and seemingly senseless crime: No one has taken credit and no motive is known. Elsewhere in Spain, in the Galician region of Ribeira Sacra, 150-year-old vines belonging to Bodegas Guímaro were ripped out by vandals. However, America has stepped up to make Spain’s wine crimes look civilized by comparison. In South Carolina, a man was arrested and charged with murder after beating another man to death with a wine bottle in a robbery attempt. Stay safe out there, Unfiltered readers.

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