Mark Bixler, Founder of Kistler Vineyards Dies Bixler partnered with Steve Kistler to found
Kistler Vineyards in 1978. He played an instrumental role in the success of the winery, serving as business
manager, directing sales and marketing and acting as the winery’s enologist.
Deleting Sulfites from Wine There has been increased interest in developing ways to remove sulfite
preservatives from wine for people who have an intolerance to sulfites. Symptoms of chest tightness, hives,
stomach cramps, diarrhea and breathing problems have been reported according to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. The specific mechanisms causing sulfite intolerance are unclear, but in some individuals, the
sensitivity to sulfites appears to be an allergic response. People with asthma are at an increased risk of having
asthma symptoms following exposure to sulfites. Research at the University of Kansas School of Engineering
has led to the design and marketing of a low-cost, easy-to-use device that would filter up to 99 percent of
sulfites from wine when it is poured from the bottle. The device is applied to the top of the bottle, and like an
aerator, as a glass of wine is poured, the device removes sulfites. Many current products on the market for
removing sulfites have shortcomings due to cost and failure to remove all sulfites. The device developed at
Kansas University, which is projected to cost only 99 cents, from is not yet commercially available.
January Wine Events January 12-21, British Columbia, Canada, Okanagan Winter Wine Festival,
www.thewinefestivals.com; January 13-14, Sonoma Winter Wineland, www.wineroad.com; and January 19-28,
Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, www.visitmendocino.com.
Residents of Sardinia, Italy, Attribute Longevity to Wine A report in USA Today (November
15, 2017) on the people of Sardinia, who are the oldest people in the world, attribute their longevity to a daily
intake of red wine. The residents of this island in the Mediterranean also are physical active, eat healthy, and
have a small, isolated gene pool. One of the residents interviewed said, “Go live your life, work hard and be
active - and a little wine. It’s one of the secrets, but just a little. Don’t abuse it.”
Weight Watchers Debuts Lower Calorie Wine A line of white diet wines have been developed called
Cense that have 85 calories a glass compared to 120 calories for standard white wines. A Rosé is also
planned. A Weight Watches approval is on the back label and can be removed if the consumer does not want
others to know they are dieting.The wines are priced at $13-$15 and are made by Truett-Hurst Winery in
Healdsburg. My comment would be that 35 calories mikes little difference when one consumes a glass of wine
and seems silly to drink a wine with compromised taste just to save 35 calories.
Brooks Winery Celebrates 20 Years in 2018 The cornerstone of the winery’s celebration in 2018
is to return the gratitude of of those in the wine community that made this celebration possible. Each
winemaker who collaborated to allow the winery to carry on upon the passing of Jimi Brooks in 2004 will be
celebrated for one month in 2018. Brooks will feature one of these 12 wineries each month throughout the year,
with one of their white and red wines included in the flights poured in the Brooks tasting room. Each winemaker
will also spend a Saturday at Brooks during the month they are featured, pouring their wines and sharing
stories. Each of the 12 winemakers will be interviewed for the Linfield College Oregon Wine History Archies and
will be featured in a follow-up film to the American Wine Story, directed by David Baker. One of the
winemakers, Patricia Green, recently passed away but the winery will be represented. Brooks will also produce
the Red Letter Pinot Noir, a limited-release wine last made for the 10th anniversary and will include grapes from
three vineyards Jimi farmed: Brooks Estate, Momtazi Vineyard and WillaKenzie. Visit www.brookswine.com, for
a schedule of participating winemakers.
MIXT Studio Reusable Wine Bags These festive wine bags feature ethnic-inspired prints and a
metallic gold interior. They are adorned with a tassel and a unique “traveling tag,” so that each bottle bag
shares the story of where it has been as it gets gifted forward. The tag features five write-in slots, meaning
each new recipient can see the bag’s journey as it gets reused. The eco-friendly, heavy-duty Tyvek® bags are
recyclable and water resistant. The bags, a thoughtful holiday hostess gift, can now be found in over 300 stores
nationwide and online at www.mixtstudio.com.