A Toast to Knowledge: Fun Facts About California Wine

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Modern Americans have little in common with ancient Egyptians and Romans — except, perhaps, their love affair with wine.

Wine shows up in religious texts and hieroglyphics, not to mention at any decent dinner party. Most American wines come from California, though all 50 states now have wineries.

The next time you pour a glass, impress your guests with these facts about California wine provided by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers:

Fact #1 — California makes about 90 percent of all American wine. The state’s size and diverse climate and soils allow over 100 winegrape varieties to grow in the state, covering 526,600 vineyard acres.

Fact #2 — The church brought wine to California. Specifically, a Franciscan missionary named Father Junipero Serra started planting grapes at Mission San Diego de Alcala in 1769.

Fact #3 — California wine is earth-friendly. California vintners and growers have the most widely adopted green winegrowing and winemaking program in the world, one that has won Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s top environmental award.

Fact #4 — Many celebrities own or co-own wineries. Some names you might recognize? Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Peggy Fleming, racecar driver Randy Lewis and “The Bachelor” reality star Andrew Firestone all own or co-own wineries.

Fact #5 — Movies love wine. Sales of Pinot Noir skyrocketed after 2004’s hit movie Sideways, which took place in Santa Barbara County. 2008’s Bottle Shock tells the story of the 1976 “Judgment of Paris,” where California wines beat French wines in a blind taste test, giving California international recognition.

Fact #6 — Wine label term explained. “Appellation” means where the grapes were grown — wineries are required to put that information on the label. A wine’s appellation can be as broad as a country or as narrow as a couple hundred acres.

Fact #7 — Winegrapes were still grown during Prohibition. California winegrowers shipped grapes to home winemakers, who could legally make up to 200 gallons of wine for home use. Some wineries made sacramental wines as well.

For more information, visit www.discovercaliforniawine.com.

Un brindis por el conocimiento: Datos divertidos sobre el vino de California

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Los estadounidenses modernos tienen poco en común con los antiguos egipcios y romanos -; excepto, talvez, su amor por el vino.

El vino aparece en textos religiosos y en jeroglíficos, sin mencionar alguna cena decente. La mayoría de los vinos estadounidenses provienen de California, ahora existen viñedos a través de los 50 estados.

La próxima vez que usted se sirva una copa, impresione a sus invitados con estos datos sobre el vino de California proporcionados por el Wine Institute y la Asociation of Winegrape Growers:

Dato # 1 -; California hace cerca del 90 por ciento de todo el vino estadounidense. El tamaño del estado y su diversidad de clima y suelos permite crecer a más de 100 variedades de uvas, cubriendo 526,600 hectáreas de viñedos.

Dato # 2 -; La iglesia trajo el vino a California. Específicamente, un misionero franciscano llamado Padre Junipero Sierra empezó a sembrar uvas en la Misión San Diego de Alcalá en 1769.

Dato # 3 -; El vino californiano está a favor del medio ambiente. Los viticultores y productores de California han adoptado el programa de viticultura y enología a favor del medio ambiente más amplio del mundo, uno que ha hecho ganador del premio más importante sobre el medio ambiente al gobernador Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Dato # 4 -; Muchas celebridades son propietarios o co-propietarios de viñedos. ¿Quizás pueda reconocer algunos nombres? La ganadora de la medalla de oro en patinaje sobre hielo Peggy Fleming, piloto de carreras Randy Lewis y la estrella del programa de la vida real “The Bachelor” Andrew Firestone todos son propietarios o co-propietarios de viñedos.

Dato # 5 -; Las películas aman el vino. Las ventas del vino Pinot Noir se dispararon en el 2004 después de la exitosa película Sideways, la cual tuvo lugar en el condado de Santa Bárbara. En el 2008 Bottle Shock cuenta la historia de “Jurado de Paris” de 1976, donde los vinos de California les ganaron a los vinos franceses en una prueba de sabor a ciegas, dándole el reconocimiento internacional a California.

Dato #6 -; Se explica la etiqueta del vino. La denominación significa donde el vino fue cultivado -; se les exige a los viñedos poner esta información en la etiqueta. Una denominación del vino puede ser tan amplia como un país o tan estrecha como un par de cientos de hectáreas.

Dato # 7 -; Los viñedos seguían creciendo durante la Prohibición. Los viticultores embarcaban uvas a las casas de los enólogos, quienes podrían hacer legalmente hasta 200 galones de vino para uso doméstico. Algunos productores hacían también vino sacramentado.

Para más información, visite www.discovercaliforniawine.com.

Honoring Nurses Who Make a Difference in the Lives of Cancer Patients

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – A diagnosis of cancer brings a variety of unwelcome struggles and emotional pitfalls. Throughout a patient’s treatment journey, oncology nurses are consistently on the front lines, readily available to be the important link between patients and their team of medical professionals.

CURE magazine’s 2009 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing, sponsored by Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., showcases the differences that nurses have made in the lives of cancer patients. The award provides special recognition to nurses for their unwavering expertise and dedication.

More than 150 cancer patients and caregivers submitted essays nominating oncology nurses who exemplify these characteristics.

This year’s winner, Christine Wilson, RN, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio), was presented with this special award by mistress of ceremonies Peggy Fleming, a former ice skater, Olympic gold medalist and breast cancer survivor, during a reception at the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) 34th Annual Congress.

Christine was recognized by her former patient, Delaney Diggs, who was six years old at the time of treatment, and Delaney’s mother, Renée La Forest. Christine was described in the essay as “inspirational” with “boundless energy and enthusiasm” who “remained a consummate professional while bringing a positive spirit of hope and encouragement.”

In addition, the two finalists, Nadeen Robinson, RN, BSN, OCN, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (New York), and Marianne Sacks, RN, CCM, Aetna Patient Management (Blue Bell, Pa.), were recognized at the ceremony.

“The Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing provides patients the opportunity to thank their nurses for their devotion and exemplary work, and for making a difference in their lives,” said Kathy LaTour, Editor-at-Large, CURE magazine. “It is heartwarming to see so many patients recognize the commitment of their nurses.”

An excerpt from the winning essay demonstrates the difference that these nurses make in a patient’s journey to healing, and how much cancer patients value their nurses’ extraordinary skills and caring attitude:

“Chrissy embodies all that an oncology nurse should be …. The care that she provided exceeded the bounds of what is required by a health professional. My daughter, Delaney, talks of her to this day, and I believe Chrissy’s footprint on both our hearts will never be forgotten. She reminded us about the positive, of what there is to live for amidst all we endured, and she instilled a spirit in my daughter that pushed her through treatment — on to the next wonderful thing she could find that would remind her of life outside the hospital.” — Essayist Renée La Forest, mother of Delaney Diggs, describing Nurse Christine Wilson, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio).

“We are pleased to continue our support of such a unique program to honor well-deserving oncology nurses,” said Kim Taylor, president, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. “Centocor Ortho Biotech is committed to helping patients throughout their cancer journey and is proud to sponsor an award that recognizes the meaningful impact that oncology nurses have on their patients.”

The winning and finalist essays can be read and heard online at www.curetoday.com/healeraward.