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Wine-Fed Beef: Even Better Than Grass-Fed Beef?

Has grass-fed beef fallen out of favor? The new rage among cattlemen and chefs in Canada is wine-fed beef. That's right: apparently, humans aren't the only ones who could benefit from a glass or two of wine. According to the Vancouver Sun, the practice of feeding wine to cows began with Janice Ravndahl of Sezmu Meats in Kelowna, British Columbia. The rancher witnessed Gordon Ramsay feed pigs beer while watching The F Word over a glass of wine. Ravndahl now feeds her free-range, hormone-free Angus cows a liter of local wine daily for their last 90 days.

Not only did Ravndahl notice a difference in the cows' behavior ("they moo more and seem to 'talk to each other,'" she said), but she also saw positive results in the flavor of her beef. The meat's become a hit among well-known restaurateurs, and commands over 15 percent more than ordinary free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef.

I have a hard time with the concept of cows living better than me, but I'd be interested in trying this meat, which allegedly has a flavor similar to that of marinade. What are your thoughts on wine-fed beef?

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prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
i'd be willing to try it !
Food Food 7 years
lveenia, fuzzles is the punniest person out there!
Iveenia Iveenia 7 years
True - i did not get that blog, Fuzzles - and yes - Wackdoodle is right - the Kobe beef is fed with beer... and massaged with a kind of spirit - do not remember; maybe Sake??? This wine-thingy must be a new direction - we have a specialty here in Switzerland sausages - "Treberwürste" when the harvesting starts - they use the rest of the grapes and do steam the sausages in that steam till done - this tradition was dead for years in our area - now it is on again - maybe the owner of the cows was so intelligent to feed them before that you do not hv to add any wine to the sausages ;) besides the cows show more communication skills - ;) Fuzzles - you really are a word player of "highest talent" thank you for sharing :ROTFL:
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Me either. Especially if it is Two Buck Chuck (roast).
Food Food 7 years
Thank goodness I don't have any beef with a daily dose of wine!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Awww, Yum. You're ticking my prime ribs!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
wackdoodle-- I think I read something about that. For some reason, it is (nose) ringing a (cow) bell.
Food Food 7 years
Fuzzles, you're too funny. I'm still chewing on a good response.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
I often see cows in the pastures along the 5 drinking wine with their cud. Those wine drinking cows look down on the beer drinking Kobe cows.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I'm still laughing my rump roast off!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Now that's just udderly ridiculous, I say!
Food Food 7 years
Your wit, I must say, is a rare thing...
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Well done!
Food Food 7 years
Whoa fuz, you are really raising the steaks!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
:rotfl: Hey, I had to milk it a little.
Food Food 7 years
Fuzzles: Don't have a cow about it!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
That sounds like a moooooving violation to me.
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