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Stark Wines: Sharing Profits for a Cause

Stark Wines: Sharing Profits for a Cause

Stark Wine was first brought to my attention last year by a friend of a friend who was making wine, and the inevitable "could I try it"? It's not a terribly uncommon occurrence, and one fraught with implications that require careful calculation before tasting. After all, friendships are at stake here.

I was happily surprised by the Stark Thirst Chardonnay, and even more happily surprised to see that 10 percent of the profits are donated to WaterAid. In case you're not familiar with WaterAid, it's a nonprofit dedicated to bringing safe drinking water to people around the world. Just $25 allows WaterAid to supply a person with a lasting supply of safe drinking water. So as we're enjoying a bottle of wine, someone else gets access to safe drinking water.

Founders Kerstin Krall Walz and winemaker Christian Stark have been making wine since 2003. The portfolio of wines they offer, first under the Stark Wine and now also under the Stark Thirst brand, have slowly grown over the years, but their commitment to doing something good with their work has been unwavering. Between their generous donations to WaterAid and their insistence on using recycled and recyclable materials for their packaging and affordable pricing, they are truly producing a wine that fits in today's marketplace.

If you are or plan to be in New York City this March, you can be part of the Stark movement by taking advantage of a grand tasting of oysters, tapas, and Stark wines at City Winery on World Water Day, March 22! $75 will get you oysters and tastes of six Stark wines; click here for more details.

If you can't join Kerstin in person, celebrate by picking up some Stark Wine and helping to share those profits. For the month of March, Chelsea Wine Vault in NYC will be donating an additional dollar for every bottle of Stark Wine purchased. Remember while you’re sharing and enjoying your wine that this money is going to help someone get access to clean drinking water. Sometimes we take for granted the simple luxuries of our lives, and sometimes we need to be reminded of them.

2011 Stark Thirst Chardonnay Sonoma County 13.5 percent

Fairly high toned and fruity on the nose with penetrating apple, citrus, and lightly salty aromas supported by smoky, chalky earthy base notes. Smooth on entry and a touch rounded, the acidity quickly pops on the palate, adding freshness and zest to the apple and lime pith flavors. There's a slightly creamy edge to the wine which extends on to the finish before the crisp acid spine washes the palate, leaving one with a lingering tart apricot finale. 87pts

NV Stark Wild California Red Blend 14 percent

38 percent zinfandel, 37 percent grenache, 25 percent petite sirah

Fruity and dark on the nose with some toasty spice notes, a hint of vanilla, dark blackberry fruit with a sour plum accent, and hints of black pepper and bitter chocolate. Smooth with soft tannins and mouthwatering acidity in the mouth, this shows more red fruit on the palate than the nose, with hints of cherries and raspberries in a medium-bodied style. The finish shows a hint of pleasant rusticity with nice red fruit and lingering spice notes. 86pts

These two wines come from the basic Stark portfolio. Stark Wine also produces a set of varietal wines from some of California's finest appellations under the Stark label. They’re worth checking out.

— Gregory Del Piaz, Snooth


A Dilemma for Humanity: Stark Inequality or Total War

Is there nothing to be done about galloping inequality?

Last year the typical American family experienced the fastest income gains since the government started measuring them in the 1960s. But the top 1 percent did even better, raising their share of income higher than it was when President Obama took office.

Mr. Obama has led the most progressive administration since Lyndon B. Johnson’s half a century ago, raising taxes on the rich to expand the safety net for the less fortunate. Still, by the White House’s own account, eight years of trench warfare in Washington trimmed the top 1-percenters’ share, after taxes and transfers, to only 15.4 percent, from 16.6 percent of the nation’s income. It increased the slice going to the poorest fifth of families by 0.6 percentage point, to a grand total of 4 percent.

The policies also helped push the Republican Party even further to the right, leading to the Tea Party — whose rabid opposition to government redistribution still shakes American politics. They did nothing to salve — and perhaps even added to — the stewing resentment of white working-class Americans who feel left out of the nation’s advancements, producing the electoral victory for Donald J. Trump, who has proposed a tax plan that amounts to a lavish giveaway to the rich.

The point is not that President Obama should have done better. He probably did the best he could under the circumstances. The point is that delivering deep and lasting reductions in inequality may be impossible absent catastrophic events beyond anything any of us would wish for.

History — from Ancient Rome through the Gilded Age from the Russian Revolution to the Great Compression of incomes across the West in the middle of the 20th century — suggests that reversing the trend toward greater concentrations of income, in the United States and across the world, might be, in fact, nearly impossible.

That’s the bleak argument of Walter Scheidel, a professor of history at Stanford, whose new book, “The Great Leveler” (Princeton University Press), is due out next month. He goes so far as to state that “only all-out thermonuclear war might fundamentally reset the existing distribution of resources.” If history is anything to go by, he writes, “peaceful policy reform may well prove unequal to the growing challenges ahead.”

Professor Scheidel does not offer a grand unified theory of inequality. But scouring through the historical record, he detects a pattern: From the Stone Age to the present, ever since humankind produced a surplus to hoard, economic development has almost always led to greater inequality. There is one big thing with the power to stop this dynamic, but it’s not pretty: violence.

The big equalizing moments in history may not have always have the same cause, he writes, “but they shared one common root: massive and violent disruptions of the established order.”

The collapse of the Roman Empire in the second half of the fifth century, reinforced by a bubonic plague pandemic, brought about Western Europe’s first great leveling. Productivity collapsed and the aristocracy’s far-flung assets were expropriated, while Rome’s trade networks and fiscal structures were destroyed.

Inequality bounced back, of course. By 1300 the richest 5 percent of people had amassed nearly half the wealth in the cities of Italy’s Piedmont. But another bubonic plague known in history as the Black Death changed all that, killing a quarter of Europe’s population in the 14th century and cutting the share of wealth of Piedmont’s rich to under 35 percent.

Mr. Scheidel’s depressing view is bound to upset liberal politicians and social scientists, who quite naturally might prefer to live in a world in which events might move political and social systems to figure out a more equitable way to distribute the fruits of growth without the plague, the guillotine or state collapse.

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The standard understanding of inequality’s dynamics, at least until recently, was tamer. Posited in the 1950s by the Russian-born American economist Simon Kuznets, it held that disparities would grow in early stages of industrialization, as the successful few took advantage of new opportunities, but stabilize and decline as things like mass education, rising wages and social insurance naturally — and peacefully — raised incomes at the bottom.

Professor Scheidel’s analysis “omits benign forces,” said Branko Milanovic, a professor of economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His book “Global Inequality” (Harvard University Press), published this year, takes a more sympathetic view of Kuznets’s analysis.


Initial Planning and Research for Wine Tasting Fundraisers

The first step in organizing a charity wine tasting event is establishing fundraising goals. Determine how much money you need to raise and estimate costs as these will certainly influence your planning, Create a fundraising event budget and project plan that spells out your financial goals and outlines roles and responsibilities.

Decide on an initial format for your wine tasting event. Will it be part of a larger charity gala event or is it a stand-alone fundraiser? Will the wine tasting be an educational event, a blind tasting or a judged show? Will you have a theme and specialize in red wines for Valentine’s Day, summer white wines or champagnes? How will participating vineyards or wine shops have an opportunity to promote their products?

Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to find out if other charity events are taking place in your area on your proposed dates. Oversaturation of too many fundraisers could lead to low attendance and unattainable financial goals. You’ll want to avoid competing against another charity wine tasting event or large community charity events if at all possible.


Four wines to show you care

2019 Hills Appeal Syrah Meunier [Adelaide Hills]

The barrel room at Adelaide Hills Wine. Funds from its sales are supporting fire-affected wineries.

After terrible bushfires ripped through the Adelaide Hills over Christmas, 21 winemakers from across the region – and some from other regions who buy Adelaide Hills grapes – contributed parcels of wine to be blended together to make this delicious blend of shiraz and pinot meunier. It’s a lovely, medium-bodied, highly gluggable wine, the black fruit and gamey spice of the shiraz complemented by the silky, juicy, undergrowthy character of the meunier. Just the kind of red you want on hand as the weather warms and thoughts turn to eating outdoors.

Funds raised from the sale of the wine go to aid the recovery of wineries and vineyards affected by the fires. The wine is available as a box of six bottles for $150 plus delivery. fire.adelaidehillswine.com.au

2020 Nikkal Rosé [Yarra Valley]
In 2017 winemaker Kate Goodman was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. A year later, and well on the road back to health, she was named Winemaker of the Year at the Australian Women in Wine Awards. This year, to support the Breast Cancer Network of Australia, whose help and resources Goodman found invaluable during her treatment, and to acknowledge the help she received from friends and family during her recovery, the winemaker has launched a crisp, fresh, pale, dry rosé under her Nikkal label to raise funds and awareness.

Goodman’s Nikkal wines are made from grapes grown in the Yarra Valley, where she lived and worked for many years before moving to South Australia in 2019 to take the reins as winemaker at Penley Estate in Coonawarra.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Goodman wasn’t able to cross back over the border to take part in every stage of this year’s vintage in the Yarra, so the Nikkal Rosé was – appropriately, perhaps – made with the help of an industry mentor in the region whose daughter had breast cancer.

Kate Goodman's wine are supporting the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.

One hundred per cent of the profits from the sale of the wine go to the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. The wine is available as a box of six bottles for $150 plus delivery. goodmanwines.com

2018 Sinapius Close Planted Chardonnay [Tasmania]
In 2005, Vaughn Dell and Linda Morice, then in their 20s, bought a vineyard in the Pipers Brook region of northeastern Tasmania and established a wine label, Sinapius. Over the next decade and a half, the couple planted more vines, built a great reputation for their uncompromising approach to quality, and had two daughters, Clementine and Esme.

In May this year, just after vintage, Vaughn Dell died in his sleep of a heart attack. The wine community immediately came to the aid of Linda and the girls. A close group of local winemakers stepped in to provide practical and emotional support. A fundraising auction in July raised tens of thousands of dollars. And a fundraising dinner is being planned – restrictions permitting – for Hobart later this year.

Linda Morice and the late Vaughn Dell at Sinapius. The community stepped in to support his family.

I can wholeheartedly recommend all the currently available Sinapius wines, including the wonderfully textural 2019 Clem Field Blend ($32), which I reviewed earlier this year in The Australian Financial Review Magazine, the sinewy, vibrant 2019 Esmé Gamay ($38), and this truly outstanding 2018 chardonnay, made from vines planted – at Vaughn’s insistence – much closer together than is the norm in Australia.

The low yields and concentrated flavours in the grapes that result from such close planting bring an amazing minerality and commanding length of flavour to the wine. It’s a chardonnay that will age beautifully over a decade or more. $55 sinapius.com.au

2020 Silver Lining Sauvignon Blanc [Adelaide Hills]
Marty Edwards has been living with Parkinson’s disease since 2012. When he was diagnosed, at just 41, the former navy diver was general manager of one of the Adelaide Hills region’s most popular wineries, The Lane, and the father of a three-month-old daughter.

Now, thanks to his determination and discipline, and with the help of cutting-edge, deep-brain stimulation to help him manage the disease, Edwards has responded to the challenge that life has thrown him by establishing a new wine brand.

Marty Edwards in the vineyards at Silver Lining. Sales of his wine help support those with Parkinson’s disease.

In July, Edwards launched Silver Lining Wines, which will raise awareness and funds to support Parkinson’s research. Of the first two 2020 vintage wines to be released (the third, a shiraz, is due out next year), my pick is the sauvignon blanc: super-zesty, vibrant and crisp, crying out for a plate of freshly shucked oysters.


ONEHOPE Wine Review Summary

Name: ONEHOPE Wine

Business Type: MLM

Investment: $198

  • ONEHOPE Wine is a social mlm company offering you an opportunity to make money selling wine while raising funds to support charitable organizations and social causes.
  • As an ONEHOPE Wine consultant, you make money by hosting in-home wine parties, online retail, and recruiting new consultants.
  • However, we are unable to confirm the company claimed on consultants’ annual income, because ONEHOPE Wine doesn’t release the income disclosure statement (IDS). This should be a warning to all investors.
  • When an mlm company doesn’t publish the IDS report. It’s usually an indication that consultants are not doing well.
  • To become a successful ONEHOPE Wine consultant, you must have exceptional people and sales skills, especially Face-To-Face recruiting.
  • I would not recommend this mlm to people who do not enjoy sales or recruiting.

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What Is ONEHOPE Wine?

ONEHOPE Wine is a social mlm company that distributes and sells premium wine, coffee, and other products and services. The company sets a goal of giving half its profits to charity.

ONEHOPE Wine was launched by Jake Kloberdanz and seven of his coworkers who had left Gallo to start this social enterprise in 2007.

At the time of writing this review, ONEHOPE Wine estimated sales revenue is $20 Million, which is considered to be a small and risky investment.

Being a small mlm company, ONEHOPE Wine has room to grow and expand.

A big warning to all investors, ONEHOPE Wine doesn’t release the income disclosure statement (IDS). This document provides important financial information regarding the profits and losses of operating a ONEHOPE Wine business.

You must carefully evaluate and compare ONEHOPE Wine business with other home-based opportunities before joining.

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How To Become A ONEHOPE Wine Consultant

ONEHOPE consultants are called “Cause Entrepreneur or CEO”. You will need a mentor to become a ONEHOPE Wine consultant.

However, if you don’t know a consultant, ONEHOPE Wine can assign you a mentor during the registration process.

To launch a business and make money with ONEHOPE Wine, you are required to purchase a starter kit, remain active, and qualified for commissions. I’ll discuss these requirements in the next sections of this ONEHOPE Wine review.

The Cost To Become A ONEHOPE Wine Consultant?

The cost to become a ONEHOPE Wine consultant is $198, $248 or $298, depending on the starter kit you purchased.

Both packages, the $248 and $298, come with wine and marketing materials for you to promote your ONEHOPE Wine business.

Besides the cost of the starter kit, you must maintain an active and qualified status to make money with ONEHOPE Wine.

All ONEHOPE Wine consultants must pay an annual renewal fee of $99 to remain as a consultant.

Consultants are also required to submit at least 300 PCV (Personal Commissionable Volume), approximately $555, each month to remain active and qualified for team commissions. The PCV will increase according to your leadership rank.

There are other qualifications required according to your leadership rank, which I’ll discuss in the compensation plan section of this ONEHOPE Wine review.

As you can see, the cost to join ONEHOPE Wine is more than the business building package. You must purchase products every month to maintain an active and qualified status.

ONEHOPE Wine business is a Pay and Play opportunity. If you want to earn, you have to pay.

Any consultant who fails to maintain an active and qualified status is not allowed to receive the bonuses and commissions.

The expenses above do not include your time, the marketing costs, travel expenses, and gas.

Purchasing wines to meet the monthly active and qualified status can destroy your business profits if you cannot resell them. They become business losses.

Other home-based businesses, such as Affiliate Marketing, you earn the commission on every sale, no need to be active and qualified.

To learn why mlm opportunities, such as ONEHOPE Wine, require consultants to maintain active and qualified status, you should read our discussion on the FTC MLM Guideline.

ONEHOPE Wine Compensation Plan

It’s very difficult to calculate the exact commission under the ONEHOPE Wine compensation plan because the company uses Commissionable Volume (CV) to determine the commission, not dollars.

The CV is points assigned to each product by ONEHOPE Wine.

So, to determine your commissions on each order, you must first look for the total CV.

Let say you sold half-case of wine for $150. However, the CV for this order is only 120 CV. You at the 20% commission level. For this order, you earn $24 (120 CV x 20%), not $30.

OK, Let’s discuss briefly the ONEHOPE Wine compensation plan. To see the full version, just download a copy to read later.

You have two ways to make money with ONEHOPE Wine: selling wine and/or building a team.

Make Money Selling Wine

As a ONEHOPE Wine consultant, you earn the retail commission by making sales at in-home wine parties and through your own ONEHOPE Wine replicated website.

Your based commission starts at 20%. When your monthly sales volume is more than 1,500 CV, the retail commission increases to 25%.

The retail commission is very competitive. But, can you sell ONEHOPE Wine products on the market?

I visited the ONEHOPE Wine website and found the wine prices were very competitive. Price starts at $25.00 a bottle.

If you are a wine drinker, you know that it’s not easy to decide the wine price by looking at the bottle.

Make Money Recruiting Others

As long as you remain active and qualified for the Lead Cause Entrepreneur (LCE) rank, you have an option to earn downline commissions.

Downline Commission

ONEHOPE Wine offers from 3% to 5% downline commissions up to 4 levels.

But to earn downline commissions on all 4 levels, you must achieve the Director rank with $2,700 PCV, $6,300 GV (Group Volume), and $9,000 OV (Organization Volume) each month.

Generation Commission

As your personal recruits qualify for the Lead Director rank, you earn a generation commission from 1% to 3% up to 3 generations.

However, you must maintain a Lead Director rank to receive this commission.

There are other leadership bonuses and incentives which require even more personal sales volume and wine sales each month to qualify. You should refer to the compensation plan for more information.

As you can see, there are multiple ways to earn with ONEHOPE Wine. But to get paid, you must maintain an active and qualified status.

This is how mlm works. Ways to earn is not the same as qualifying to receive the commissions.

You can potentially earn nothing with ONEHOPE Wine because the expenses to maintain an active and qualified status might exceed the commissions received.

Can You Make Money With ONEHOPE Wine?

You need the ONEHOPE Wine income disclosure statement (IDS) to evaluate your chance of making money with this mlm opportunity.

The IDS is a financial document that reports consultants’ income for the prior year.

Mlm company with high consultant failure rates rarely publishes the income disclosure statement. They don’t want the public to know. This might be the case with ONEHOPE Wine.

So, how do you get a copy of the IDS?

You can request one at the time of enrollment. The law requires ONEHOPE Wine to provide you a copy together with the compensation plan.

As a business review writer, I look to the actual incomes to evaluate a business opportunity.

If ONEHOPE Wine refuses to provide you a copy of the income disclosure statement, don’t join. This is a bad sign. It’s a scam.

But you don’t need a copy of the IDS to know that 99% of mlm businesses failed.

Because the ONEHOPE Wine compensation plan was not designed for you to make money. It was structured to distribute and sell wine.

Just go back and look at the compensation plan discussion above, why you think consultants must maintain an active and qualified status to earn commissions?

Is ONEHOPE Wine A Scam?

The main business purpose of ONEHOPE Wine mlm opportunity is to promote and sell wines, not for you to make money. But this doesn’t make ONEHOPE Wine a scam.

ONEHOPE Wine mlm is a business opportunity. Every business has risks.

You are responsible for carefully research, study, and investigate the ONEHOPE Wine business before investing.

Reading this ONEHOPE Wine Review is a good way to learn the risks and rewards associated with this home-based business.

As the owner of an Online Business Review, I have evaluated hundreds of mlm businesses to help investors identified and discover the right opportunity to invest.

ONEHOPE Wine is not a scam. It is a very competitive, risky, and unprofitable business opportunity.

Is ONEHOPE Wine A Pyramid Scheme?

ONEHOPE Wine is a legit mlm company if they follow the FTC guideline.

But it’s not wise to invest in a business opportunity just because the company follows the laws?

You need to look at the company’s compensation plan and consultants’ income when evaluating an investment.

If you look at the ONEHOPE Wine compensation plan, consultants are forced to purchase wine to earn commissions.

Consultants are essentially the customers of ONEHOPE Wine. They are not business owners. They purchase wine to maintain an active and qualified status.

Recruiting is the best option to make money with ONEHOPE Wine. The more people you recruit, the more money you make. This is how a pyramid is built.

Well, you don’t have to agree with me.

But you can’t deny that the compensation plan was designed to turn consultant into customers, not business owners.

Is ONEHOPE Wine Worth It?

ONEHOPE Wine is worth it if you enjoy drinking wine and want to support a cause.

But as a home-based business opportunity, ONEHOPE Wine is not worth the investment.

The chance of achieving your financial dream with this opportunity is near zero, impossible. It’s not easy to make good money as a ONEHOPE Wine consultant.

Today, the best home-based business is an online business, not an MLM.

Do you know why you want to start a home-based business?

To earn extra money from home, to be your own boss, or to achieve financial freedom?

And to make money, we invest in a PROFITABLE business!

There are much better and less risky home-based business opportunities .

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There’s NO traveling around town to attend late-night meetings and NO face-to-face sales or recruits with my online business.

The best part, you are working on the computer in your own home or anywhere you like.

One other business issue that you must carefully consider before joining ONEHOPE Wine is “Business Control”.

You have ZERO control over what products to sell or how to promote your business.

What happens if ONEHOPE Wine terminated your account?

You are immediately out of business! You lose everything and nothing you can do about it.

You start a business to build long-term incomes.

You want to create a system that generates money far into the future. Isn’t this the #1 reason you want to build a successful business?

ONEHOPE Wine is a good social mlm opportunity. It is not a profitable business.

MLM opportunities are no longer a lucrative option to make money from home. Everyone hates face-to-face sales and recruiting. You will have a hard time building a successful business with ONEHOPE Wine MLM.

The most profitable home-based business opportunities are online businesses. This business model doesn’t require face-to-face selling or recruiting.

I am working from the comfort of my home and on a laptop, no commute and no boss. I work whenever I want and where I like.

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I hope this ONEHOPE Wine review answers your question, is ONEHOPE Wine a scam or legit?


Keep it cool

For common distilled spirits, such as whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and tequila, the general rule of thumb is to store them at room temperature. Though some experts say the ideal range is slightly lower, between 55 and 60 degrees. Keeping them in a relatively cool place preserves them longer. As temperatures rise, the alcohol begins to expand and can evaporate more quickly. While it won’t hurt you healthwise to consume, storing in a warm place can cause the liquor to oxidize more quickly and change flavors over time.


Managing Your Atrial Fibrillation: What to Eat (and Avoid)

You’re enjoying a second cup of coffee or glass of wine when — wham — your heart starts racing. You remember your doctor saying that atrial fibrillation puts you at greater risk for a stroke, or worse. Is that what’s happening? Should you call 911?

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Probably not, says cardiac dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, LD. You’ve likely just crossed the threshold for one of your triggers.

“We know that caffeine, alcohol and certain foods can often trigger AFib symptoms,” Ms. Zumpano says. Here, she offers suggestions on steps you can take to help keep your symptoms in check.

Find your threshold for triggers

That pounding heartbeat is your body letting you know that something has set off your AFib symptoms.

But you don’t necessarily have to ban alcohol or caffeine (which, aside from coffee, is also found in teas, energy drinks, colas and some over-the-counter medications) completely from your diet. You just need to learn your threshold — how much your body can tolerate before your AFib symptoms kick in, Ms. Zumpano explains.

Take these steps to find your threshold:

  1. Cut the trigger food or drink (caffeine, for example) from your diet for a few days.
  2. Reintroduce a small amount (maybe half a cup of coffee).
  3. If your symptoms return, consider switching to decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea.
  4. If you have no symptoms at first, try a second cup and see what happens.

There’s no pat answer on what will work best for you, she says. You’ll just need to experiment a bit.

What about following a special diet?

What you eat also certainly plays a role in managing your racing heartbeat.

Ms. Zumpano encourages her patients to follow a Mediterranean-style diet, which puts the focus on plant-based foods. This means building meals and snacks that are rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, nuts and olive oil.

Specific nutritious foods that are a great addition to your diet include:

  • Fish rich in omega-3s such as salmon, sardines, herring, tuna and mackerel
  • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and other fresh fruits
  • Oats, barley, quinoa, brown rice and other whole grains
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts

On the flip side, foods you should limit include:

  • Red meat
  • Processed foods (such as lunch meats, fast food and chips)
  • Baked goods and other sugary foods and drinks (including most fruit juices)

“You should minimize the junk, for lack of a better word,” Ms. Zumpano says. Processed foods, fast foods, fried foods and convenience foods are all high in salt and can all be classified as “junk.”

A high-sodium diet can also be a trigger — not to mention that it can lead to high blood pressure, which also increases your risk of stroke.

Tips for including favorite foods in your diet

Following a healthy diet to help control your AFib doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorites. Some small adjustments can help.

For instance, instead of buying macaroni and cheese in a box or frozen, make your own using whole-grain pasta, low-fat cheese and skim milk.

Plus, practice portion control. Treat yourself to a donut hole rather than a couple of donuts.

“Portion control gives you the ability to have unacceptable foods in small amounts,” Ms. Zumpano says.

If you are overweight, taking a blood thinner, or have diabetes other health issues, talk to your doctor about other ways to modify your diet to help control your AFib symptoms.

The bottom line? You can help minimize your symptoms by finding your threshold for common triggers like alcohol and caffeine and following a plant-based diet.

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You can also do a shoe drive, collecting gently used or new shoes. Send them to funds2orgs.com — they’ll send you a check, and pass along the shoes to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Everyone has some old ink cartridges, cell phones, or other electronic detritus laying around. You can get store credit for empty ink cartridges at major office supply retailers, and look into selling old electronics on eBay for Charity or other websites to raise funds.


Greater Stark Over 40 Social Group

Nestled on the shores of the Portage Lakes, Nauti Vine offers the ultimate in wine tasting experience. Enjoy a variety of our vintage wines in a relaxing atmosphere with scenic views of the lakes.

Nauti Vine offers a variety of wines, as well as Wine Slushies and Sangria. (Beer from Mucky Duck Brewery is also available. )

The food menu features Brick Oven Artisan flatbreads, which are excellent! They also offer a variety of meat / cheese / fruit / veggie trays.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will be outside by the lake! But they do have room inside if necessary.

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Join us at Cana Valley Winery for a joint event with the North East Ohio (NEO) 45 yrs & Over Social Singles. The event starts at 5:00, but feel free to arrive earlier to get a head start drinking. (If everyone arrives at the same time, there will be a long line to purchase wine). Please be patient, this is an awesome but small winery.

Cana Valley has a large outdoor area with picnic tables. Please bring your own lawn chair! Also feel free to bring lawn games.

They do not sell food, so bring food to share. (If you are not comfortable sharing, feel free to bring food for yourself.)

I will build a bonfire. It will likely be cool. We can make s'mores if someone wants to bring the ingredients.

If the weather does not cooperate, we will be inside. The winery has a rule that all customers occupying a seat inside must be drinking wine. (We won't cancel, but if our outdoor adventure is spoiled, we will reschedule.)

Cana Valley Winery has a good selection of classic style wines as well as creative fruit infused and ice wines. The best way to show our appreciation is purchasing their wines so please consider purchasing an extra bottle or 2 (or a case!) to take home with you.

Please remember:
* It is a violation of Ohio Revised Code to bring your own alcoholic beverages of any type onto the property. Violations will cause the winery to lose their license.
* The establishment reserves the right to inspect any beverage or coolers and will ask any violators to leave the premises immediately.

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The bus is still not running due to covid restrictions. We will continue to postpone until we are able to make the trip. The new date of August 14, 2021 is tentative and depends on what is going on at the time.

Please don't get overly concerned about accurate RSVPs at this time. If you are interested in going, keep your RSVP. When I can confirm a definite date I will communicate with the people that are interested.

No refunds are available at this time. I have put down a deposit on the bus trip and am rolling the deposit forward to the new date.

Join us on an all day bus tour of Coshocton County area wineries.

We will meet at 10:00 in the parking lot of Sentry Security at 4720 Everhard Rd *behind* Foxy Golf & Laser Quest. Look for the bus! The bus only holds 25 people so space is limited.

Feel free to bring snacks on the bus, for yourself or to share. There will be a lunch stop, but you can pack your lunch if you prefer. There is 'some' room under the seats and in overhead bins, but there is NOT room for medium or large coolers.

Glenna offered to provide mimosa for breakfast on the bus. Do we have any volunteers to bring bagels, or other finger food, for breakfast? So we have something in our stomach before the first winery.

Tentative Itinerary:
* Yellow Butterfly Winery
* Rainbow Hills Winery
* Ravens Glenn Winery
* Wooly Pig Farm Brewery
* Heritage Vineyards Winery
* Indian Bear Winery

We plan to be back by 8PM. Some of us will probably go to dinner someplace nearby.

The cost of the trip is $40. When you sign up, please pay me as soon as possible - - Your seat is not guaranteed until I receive your money.

I strongly prefer PayPal (or other electronic payment options such as Messenger or Venmo). Cash or check will be $50.

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If unable to use PayPal, Messenger, or Venmo please contact me to make payment arrangements. Non Electronic payments methods will be $50.

Please bring a little extra cash to tip the bus driver! Chip did an excellent job last year.

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Goodwill Wines: A Toast To Australian Native Wildlife

Goodwill Wines is showing enormous support and generosity for Native Australian Wildlife by giving us half of the profits from all sales of wine made in support of LAOKO.

Help us win $2,500, and you can win a year’s worth of wine!

Yes, you read that right. The good folk at Goodwill Wine are giving away a YEAR’S worth of wine!

They’re also giving away $2,500 to one lucky charity. If you enter via our link, we’ll get an extra 20 entries into the draw.

The Age describes Goodwill Wine as “seriously good” and Gourmet Traveller Wine says it’s “quality boutique wine”. But best of all, for every bottle you buy, we receive 50% of the profits. That’s a case of awesome wine for you, and much-needed funds for us. All backed by a money-back guarantee.

David Laity, the founder of Goodwill Wines is doing his part to “pay it forward” after he suffered great loss during the Victorian bushfires of Black Saturday, and was humbled by the donations and support from the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal along with the generosity of the Australian public.

He created Goodwill Wines as a platform to not only sell amazing wine but to also raise awareness and support for many Australian Charities.

Goodwill wines are a great gift for yourself or for someone else – and the best part is that you are supporting Native Wildlife whilst sharing a beautiful bottle of wine.