Wine Down and Chill is Burning Up

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on November 8, 2019

Ready to wine down and chill? Oh, I know that you are! It’s been a long week. We changed the clocks back but all that did was wake you earlier. And you’re still in the dark.

Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Return here each Friday to find food, movie, wine and music recommendations that are paired in a theme. Read on for an easy, no-recipe-required fabulous dinner paired with an affordable wine, and a viewing suggestion. We’re here to help you sit back, wine down and chill.


You’re probably looking at the subtitle, brandewijn, and thinking, “that doesn’t look like an English word I know.” And, if you were thinking that Captain Obvious, then yes, you’d be correct. To be honest, I didn’t know the word either until I started researching for my column.

The word is Dutch. Translated, it means “burnt wine.” And now the lightbulb turns on, right?!

Brandy is distilled from grapes (occasionally some other fruits but we’ll cover that in a moment) and has a long and rather surprising history. Around 1313, brandy appeared in France. At that time, it was considered as medicine.

Believe it or not, it was an elixir touted for its sanitary and strengthening powers and peddled as “l’eau de vie” which translates to “the water of life.” I could go there and say that if brandy is good for you, ergo wine is good for you … but this is a fun little wine down and chill column and we’re not going to make any crazy claims!

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Dr. Loralyn Mears is a Columnist at Grit Daily and a podcast host (The Grit Files, which aims to shine the spotlight on female founders). She is a content marketer, founder of the WORKtech startup, STEERus, specializing in personal and professional development to address gaps in soft skills - communication in particular. In her consultancy practice, she helps clients with content and strategy. Loralyn spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back. Along the way, she’s wined and dined her way around the globe. She's authored two books, including the 2018 Gold Medal Indie Book award-winning, One Sip At a Time: a Memoir and the hard science thriller, "The Battle for Humanity: How Science Saved Us." 

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