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Light Drinking During Pregnancy: What Recent Studies Do — and Do Not — Tell Us

The media has, in general, done a poor job of reporting on studies regarding alcohol intake during pregnancy. When the media over-interprets some studies it sends an unwarranted message that "drinking during pregnancy might be beneficial." When the media over-interprets other studies it sends an unwarranted bit of hyperbole - some might say fear-mongering - that can lead pregnant women to consider abortion. More research can only help our understanding. No amount of research is likely to ever discover a "safe threshold", and therefore women looking for a green light to drink during pregnancy will not - and should not - receive one from the medical community.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2005 Kilikanoon Cabernet Sauvignon “Blocks Road”

A nice offering from Down Under. Nose is stubbornly tight at first, but then yields notes of cassis, cedar, and green pepper. Generous fruit on the palate, with restrained tannins and overtones of juicy blackberries and chocolate with oak floating throughout. Finish is clean, albeit not languorous. Have it with steak with a red wine mushroom sauce. Recommended. GT
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2005 Kilikanoon Cabernet Sauvignon “Blocks Road”

A nice offering from Down Under. Nose is stubbornly tight at first, but then yields notes of cassis, cedar, and green pepper. Generous fruit on the palate, with restrained tannins and overtones of juicy blackberries and chocolate with oak floating throughout. Finish is clean, albeit not languorous. Have it with steak with a red wine mushroom sauce. Recommended. GT
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2009 Wedgetail Estate Single Vineyard Chardonnay

Citrus and a touch of caramel, a bit of toast and a nice, open aromatic profile characterize this barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It is immediately pleasant but could round out nicely over a few years in the cellar. Québec-born Guy Lamothe has been making wine in Australia since the 1980s, first as a home project and, since 1994, on some remarkable slopes in Yarra Valley, planted mostly to pinot noir, shiraz and chardonnay. Right now, Wedgetail Estate wines are available in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Time for the U.S. market to catch up. Recommended.