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/pôr/ wine house has filled a nitch in Louisville that so desperately needed to be filled by providing an environment in which you can enjoy a glass of wine and feel like you have been transported to another place. Our wine house is situated just steps off main street, but somehow feel miles away from the bustle of cars and people. Often times our guests will tell us that they feel like it reminds them of a place they visited while on vacation in Europe, and that is what we enjoy most; that people feel like they are on vacation while dinning at /pôr/ wine house. What's more, we have an exceptional offering of wines on tap, with 14 different wines by the glass to choice from, we have something for everyone. /pôr/ wine house also prides itself on always having at least one Sommelier on staff to help develop our wine list, as well as guide our guest thought their wine drinking experience. All told, /pôr/ wine house is as unique as Louisville, CO itself, and will continue to delight those that wonder down our little brick path. 

Health & Wine: Alcohol, Fertility and Inside Sommeliers' Brains

In one study, scientists examine how drinking can impact fertility; in another, they find proof that being a sommelier shapes your mind

Scientists found evidence that spending your day smelling wine will reshape your brain.

Emma Balter
Posted: September 13, 2016

Alcohol and pregnancy has long been a sensitive topic. While some studies have found that light drinking has no negative impact on developing fetuses, most doctors and national health groups urge women to avoid alcohol completely while pregnant. But what about women trying to conceive?

Few studies have looked at alcohol's impact on fertility, and they've offered limited, contradictory conclusions. But a new study by researchers from the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, the Boston University School of Public Health, and RTI Health Solutions in North Carolina, published in the BMJ in August, tried to find an answer to that question. And their findings suggest moderate consumption before you're expecting is just fine.

"When you look at the literature, first of all, you don't have many studies of real good quality in a big size, and then the results were unclear so far," said Ellen Mikkelsen, the project's senior researcher and an Aarhus University Department of Epidemiology lecturer. To remedy that, Mikkelsen and her team followed 6,120 Danish women, ages 21 to 45, who were attempting to conceive. 

Subjects filled out an initial questionnaire on their socio-demographic background, medical and reproductive history, and behavioral and lifestyle patterns. Over the next 12 months (or until they became pregnant), they filled out followup questionnaires asking for information on their pregnancy status, date of last menstrual period, frequency of intercourse and their alcohol use over time. The women self-reported alcohol consumption by type—beer, red or white wine, dessert wine, and spirits—and their weekly intake, checking off servings of none, one to three, four to seven, eight to 13, or 14 or more.

By the end of the study, 69 percent of participants had become pregnant. The median alcohol intake was 2.0 servings a week, with 59 percent of subjects consuming wine, 38 percent consuming beer and 24 percent consuming spirits. 

The data showed that consumption of less than 14 servings of alcohol a week had no discernible effect on a woman's ability to conceive, and there was no evidence that moderate drinking—one to seven servings a week—had any effect whatsoever. The researchers did find, however, that 14 servings or more decreased the likelihood of becoming pregnant by 18 percent compared to no alcohol consumption at all.

There were some limitations to the study. By recording drinks per week, the data does not differentiate regular drinking from binge drinking. And the study did not record information on the alcohol consumption of the prospective fathers—heavy drinking can impact sperm quality and therefore affect conception rates. Mikkelsen says they are planning future studies. "We want to look into male alcohol consumption in relation to fecundability as well," she said.

Master Sommeliers: My brain is thicker than yours

It's no secret that sommeliers and other wine professionals have a heightened sense of smell, but new research shows their work might have an impact on their brain matter.

A pilot study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and spearheaded by Sarah Banks, the head of Neuropsychology at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and Jay James, director of Napa's Chappellet winery and a Master Sommelier, assessed structural and functional brain differences between experts and non-experts.

They subjected 13 Master Sommeliers and 13 controls—mostly college students who had limited knowledge and experience with wine—to a variety of olfactory and visual tests, including MRI scans. As expected, the parts of the brain associated with olfactory processing and memory were more active in the sommeliers' brains during the tasks, but the researchers also found that parts of the somms' entorhinal cortexes, a part of the brain that plays a major role in smells and memories, were larger and thicker than those of the control group. 

Furthermore, somms who had been Master Sommeliers longer had the thickest areas of the cortex, suggesting that experience was a key correlation. Why is that key? Banks is exploring how brains change over time. The somms' cortexes suggest that increased use of their olfactory senses led to these structural differences, rather than them being born with the differences.

Banks hopes the study will lead to better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. "Knowing that the olfactory and memory areas of the brain are the first to be impacted by diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, we were interested to see if some people can train these brain regions to be stronger, and potentially healthier," said Banks. "Master Sommeliers were a great option since they have a documented level of expertise."

More research is needed, but make sure to take a deep whiff from your wineglass. It could help your mind.

Premier Cru Owner Pleads Guilty, Detailing Ponzi Scheme to Defraud Customers

John Fox admits he took money for wines he didn’t own, spending some on fancy cars and women he met online

John Fox cuts the ribbon at the opening of Premier Cru's new location a few years ago.

ohn Fox, once a leading wine merchant, was escorted into an Oakland, Calif., courtroom by federal marshals last week, shackled hand and foot. In a low voice, Fox, 66, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud in connection with a massive Ponzi scheme he operated at Premier Cru, the Berkeley shop he cofounded with warehouse manager Hector Ortega in 1980.

Fox had faced up to 20 years in prison, but as a result of his plea agreement, his maximum possible sentence has been reduced to six years and six months. A probation department will now begin preparing a sentencing report, which the judge will consult when he makes his decision.

Fox has also agreed to provide restitution of at least $45 million to Premier Cru customers who pre-ordered wine they will never receive, as well as to other creditors. As part of his plea agreement, Fox provided the court with a detailed recital of his misdeeds at Premier Cru and also in his personal life. (A copy of his plea was obtained by Wine Spectator.) It detailed a scheme to take money from customers for wines he didn’t have yet, sometimes diverting that money to fancy cars, a multimillion dollar home and even women he met online.

Fox explained that most of his wine sales were "based on the premise that Premier Cru would contract to buy wine from Europe … and then sell it to customers before it arrived in the United States." Delivery was promised within two years. 

But Fox admitted scamming these customers in two ways. The first was to "falsif[y] purchase orders for wine that I had not contracted to purchase and enter them into Premier Cru's inventory for sale." Fox could then offer the wine on Premier Cru's website below market price. This practice began in 1993 or 1994, according to Fox. From 2010 to 2015, customers paid approximately $20 million for these "phantom wines." In his second scam, Fox said he "diverted money coming in from current customers to obtain wine for prior customers who had never received their wine."

Fox also admitted to using his company business accounts and credit card to pay personal expenses. These included home mortgage payments, his wife's credit-card bills, his daughter's college tuition, membership fees at two private golf clubs, and the "purchase or lease [of] expensive cars (including Corvettes, Ferraris, a Maserati and various Mercedes-Benzes)." 

Fox also admitted to spending "more than $900,000 on women that I met online." He paid them via PayPal.

Sometimes, when customers complained "repeatedly or forcefully," Fox said that he arranged to deliver wine that they had ordered by taking it from stock being held for other customers or else by purchasing it from rival retailers, "usually at prices much higher than those for which I had sold the wine in the first place." This was all done, Fox said, "to conceal my ongoing fraud, to lull customers into a false sense that Premier Cru was a legitimate business, to cause these customers to continue to purchase wines from Premier Cru, and to prevent them from complaining to law-enforcement authorities."

The inevitable end, resulting in Premier Cru's bankruptcy in Januaryand Fox's personal bankruptcy one month later, was hastened by a spate of lawsuits filed by disgruntled customers in state and federal courts last year. At the time of Premier Cru's bankruptcy filing, Fox estimated that 4,500 customers had paid at least $45 million for pre-arrival wines they had not received. From 2010 onward, he admitted, he pocketed about $5 million from his scheme, and "made additional money in the years prior to 2010."

Attention in the Premier Cru debacle will now turn to the bulk sale of the 78,000 bottles in the warehouse behind the shuttered shop in Berkeley, scheduled for Aug. 30.

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