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On a slightly more serious note, there is some evidence that moderate consumption of wine may have significant health benefits. , much of the interest in wine and red wine in particular has to do with antioxidants. Known as polyphenols, they are thought to protect your body's cells and tissues against damage that can lead to the development of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.  

The French Paradox refers to the fact that, despite having one of the highest fat diets in the world, the French have an incredible 42% lower occurrence of heart disease than their American counterparts do. This strange phenomenon baffled researchers for a long time; they worked feverishly to figure out how the French Paradox occurred scientifically.
Researchers discovered that the antioxidant resveratrol - so abundant in red wines - seemed to be responsible. Indeed, the French are known for their high consumption of red wine and their high fat diet seems to be counteracted by large doses of resveratrol. As more people around the world begin taking advantage of the discoveries behind the French Paradox, heart health around the globe may increase significantly.

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While the news about red wine might sound great if you enjoy a glass of red wine with your evening meal, doctors are wary of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol. That's because too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.

Still, many doctors agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart. It's possible that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol, have heart-healthy benefits.

Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) and prevents blood clots



Stolichnaya Vodka’s Stoli Doli Recipe


History of Stolichnaya & The Stoli Doli

Stole Doli made with Stolichnaya more commonly known as Stoli,  a vodka made of wheat and rye grain and in addition to cocktails such as the "Stoli Doli", it is also known for the "Moscow Mule" and a host of other cocktails.  There is a handy recipe card available to print located at the bottom of this page.  The story behind some of our most well known alcoholic beverage brands is something that people tend to ignore.  Many of the most famous brands have a history that should be taught in the curriculumn our schools.  In the case of Stolichnaya, it should be taught as part of an MBA program.  A well-known Soviet brand, the ownership of Stolichnaya is disputed since the fall of the Soviet Union between Russian state-owned company FKP Sojuzplodoimport and SPI Group.   SPI Group is a private company chartered in Luxembourg, founded and owned by Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler, that distributes a wide variety of Russian spirits, having purchased a number of former Soviet brands and operations.

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Stoli doli vodka cocktail served in martini glass
Stoli Doli served in a martini glass

While FKP produces in Kaliningrad, Russia (for the Russian market and the Benelux market), SGI Group distributes and produces from Latvia.  Hence, the Stolichnaya (Stoli) that you are drinking outside of Russia is most likely produced in Latvia and not Russia.  It should be noted that Shefler was the former head of Sojuzplodoimport and sold the brands to himself.  Shefler is ranked #1105 on Forbes list of the world's billionaires with an estimated net worth of $1.77 Billion,

In a recent update, a district court in Rotterdam (Netherlands) has ruled that Shefler's Dutch company, Spirits International (SPI Group), should hand over the trademark rights to Russia or pay a penalty of $109,700 plus an additional daily fine of $52,000.

Up until recently, Mr. Shefler was known as the owner of the Super Yacht, Serene, which like a scene out of Robin Leach's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", has had some of the most famous people in the world aboard during his ownership.

In 1953, Stolichnaya was introduced at the international trade show in Bern (Switzerland) and received a gold medal.  Before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, bottles were made in Ukraine for export.

In 1972, the PepsiCo company struck a barter agreement with the government of the Soviet Union, in which PepsiCo was granted exportation and Western marketing rights to Stolichnaya vodka, in exchange for importation and Soviet marketing of Pepsi-Cola.

Now that you have had your history lesson, take a break and make up a batch of Stoli Dolis and as you are enjoying your beverage, consider it "research"!

Stoli Doli Recipe
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Stoli Doli


3 -4 
fresh pineapple
.750 liter Stolichnaya vodka per pineapple
Slice the pineapple into chunks and place into a large container, preferably one with a spigot, such as an ice tea jug.
You may not need all the pineapple, just enough to fill the jug.
Pour the vodka over the pineapple using more if needed to cover pineapple.
Cover, and allow to sit for 3 to 4 days, or longer, to infuse the Vodka with the pineapple juice.
To serve, pour into a shaker filled with crushed ice.
Shake well to chill and pour into martini glassesVery good with true pineapple flavor.
add a pineapple chunk or slice for garnish

I used a 750 ml bottle of Stoli and 1 1/2 pineapples. When I made the martinis, I added a bit of citrus flavored vodka to round out the flavor. I also added a few of the infused pineapple chunks to the martini for garnish. I wasn't sure if the leftovers would be good if it continued to sit out, so I froze the leftovers. I haven't tried the frozen stuff yet. I think I'll whirl some (including the pineapple chunks) in the blender for an adult slushie.


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