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Health Benefits of Wine

February 27, 2014
Wine has a rich history in the world from being given in religious ceremonies, to toasts at celebrations, to being sipped to relax and unwind. Wine making and drinking can be dated back to 4,000 BC in Mesopotamia where those who were royalty or members of clergy drank wine, while peasants drank beer.  It was not until ancient Greece where wine was enjoyed by all and became infused in many aspects of society such as religion, mythology, literature, medicine, and entertainment. While wine has been quite popular through the ages, did you know that there are health benefits of wine? Take a look at all the great reasons to pour yourself a glass!

Like anything in life, too much of a good thing, is not a good thing. Drinking wine in moderation, allows people to gain the health benefits of wine. What exactly is moderation? According to "Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010", published by the US Department of Agriculture, "If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation - up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men". Since women metabolize alcohol differently than men, the amount that women should drink or call “moderation” is different.

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One health benefit of wine is that wine has anti-aging properties. For thousands of years people have noted wine's anti-aging properties. Monks in Europe were convinced they were able to live longer life spans, in comparison to others, due to their ability to drink wine. But it was not until recently that researchers from Harvard Medical School concluded that red wine possessed anti-aging properties. Resveratrol, a compound found in the skins of red grapes, is a known anti-aging compound. 

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Another health benefit of wine is that is can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, helps improve the body's sensitivity to insulin. This is important because having an insulin resistance can help prevent your risk for Type 2 Diabetes. 

Preventing Dementia
According to the Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, “moderate red wine drinkers had a 23% lower risk of developing dementia” compared to people who rarely or never consumed the alcoholic beverage. This is a major health benefit of wine, because resveratrol found in wine reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, enabling blood supply to get to the brain easy. Both white and red wines contain resveratrol, which happens during the manufacturing process of wine. Red wine has more, due to the color of grapes used to produce this wine. 

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Preventing Cancer
While in some cases, scientists have found links to cancer and alcohol consumption, wine has been found to have just the opposite effect. Another health benefit of wine is that it has been found to prevent several different types of cancer. According to the Harvard Men's Health Watch (2007), “male moderate red wine drinkers were 52% as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer” compared to men who never drink wine. In another study, the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention found that red wine consumption may reduce lung cancer risk, due to an antioxidant found in the grapes.

The health benefits of wine are plentiful! Not only is wine tasty, but all of the different health benefits of wine, make drinking wine in moderation a great choice! Our Rapid City restaurant, Shooters Wood Fire Grill, will be rolling out a new wine menu to meet all of your wine needs! This Rapid City restaurant, is filled with only the best wines and will even help you pair different wines with your meal. So stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill, the Rapid City restaurant with wine and try the new additions to our wine menu!

Black Hills Dining: Homemade Valentine's Day Desserts

February 13, 2014
Valentine's Day is just a few days away, and do you already have your plans? After finishing your romantic dinner at the premiere place for Black Hills Dining, Shooters Wood Fire Grill, why not wow your Valentine with a homemade dessert? Cooking your own meal, can not only show your significant other love, but you get to have all the leftovers! Check out some of these easy Valentine's Day desserts that will quickly become fan favorites. 

Valentine's Day Dessert #1

Lemon Pie
Want to show your love with a special treat, but your Valentine doesn't like chocolate? That's okay, this lemon pie is the perfect Valentine's Day dessert for you! It is not only easy to make, but this Valentine's Day dessert is delicious as well!


1 and 1/4 cups white sugar
3 large eggs
3 and 3/4 fluid ounces of lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 (9 inch) pastry shell, unbaked


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Blend sugar, eggs, and lemon juice in a blender for about 3 minutes or until smooth.
3. Pour melted butter into the blender and blend 30 seconds longer.
4. Put lemon filling to the pastry shell.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is just set for about 30 to 35 minutes.  You must allow the pie to rest until completely set before serving (15 more minutes).

Valentine's Day Desserts| Black Hills Dining

Valentine's Day Dessert #2
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Cool down this Valentine's Day, with our next easy Valentine's Day dessert: homemade vanilla ice cream! Making this Valentine's Day dessert only requires two steps, and will be the perfect addition to any meal on Valentine's Day!


2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups half-and-half cream
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions.

Note: For raspberry or strawberry ice cream, substitute 2 cups fresh or frozen berries for 1 cup of half-and-half. Puree berries in a blender or food processor; stir into the other ingredients before freezing.


Valentine's Day Dessert #3
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Just because something is an old favorite, doesn't make it any less delicious! This Valentine's Day sink your teeth into the perfect chocolate chip cookie! This favorite of Valentine's Day desserts are so tasty, it will be hard to only have one.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Grease the cookie sheet
3. Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
4. In a different bowl mix together the melted butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until it is evenly blended. 
5. Beat the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla into this until the mixture is creamy.
6. Add the other ingredients and blend.
7. Stir in the chocolate chips.
8. Place cookie dough on greased cookie sheet (cookies should be about 3 inches apart).
9. Bake for 15-17 minutes in oven, until edges are toasted. Let cookies cool before eating.


These great Valentine's Day desserts will leave you and your love wanting more! Show your significant other you care, by putting time and effort in your Valentine's Day celebration by making Valentine's Day desserts.

Black Hills dining, is more fun at Shooters Wood Fire grill! There is something for everyone whether you are wanting a wrap, wood fire grilled steak, or a scrumptious pasta dish! Shooters Wood Fire Grill, as a top venue for Black Hills dining, also offers a dessert menu and a full bar! For more information on Shooters Wood Fire Grill contact us today at 605-348-3348. 


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