Louis Pasteur, the father of vinification, declared wine to be “the healthiest and noblest of all drinks”, and I.C. Teodorescu and his collaborators (1966) presented wine as “a fine drink, to which man has remained faithful and which, when used moderately, can be a good companion who helps, stimulates and inspires, indulges, enlivens and elates, and equally harmful and degrading when moderation lacks, as even the healthy water can be harmful when too much of it is ingested”. Wine, used moderately during meals, is a food complement, a medicine and an energy booster.
Wine is used in gastronomy; the wide range of wines can be associated with countless foods, from appetizers to deserts, not as a food per se, but as a meal companion. Associating wines with various foods is a genuine science, which has created specialists, called sommeliers. The chemical composition of wine, which is extremely complex, has positive effects on the human body. Ethyl alcohol, in moderate quantities, has an energizing effect upon the body. Wine polyphenols have an antiviral and antibacterial action, protect against atherosclerosis and favor the biochemical reactions that protect the cardiovascular system. Recent studies have demonstrated that procyanidins, besides their antioxidant effect and enhancing the action of vitamin C, accelerate the elimination of cholesterol, while the resveratrol has the capacity of preventing cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body and thus from forming metastases.
Vinex Odobești bottles selected A.O.C.-late harvest and premium wines under the “Blazon Domnesc” brand, the geographically identified wines under the “Dinastie” brand and the wine of the house in 3-litre, 5-litre and 10-litre BIBs.
“Blazon Domnesc” are the wines consumed by the Royal House of Romania; they bear on the back label the signature of Prince Dimitrie Sturdza, which reinforces the fact that “The descendants keep the tradition”.
Prince Mihai Dimitrie Sturdza was born in 1934 in Bucharest and is the descendant of a large boyar family from Moldova. Also belonging to this family were two rulers of Moldavia, Ioniţă Sandu Sturdza (ruler between 1822-1828) and Mihail Sturdza (ruler between 1834-1849) and a prime minister of Romania, D.A. Sturdza (president of the Romanian Academy, president of the National Liberal Party), but also other illustrious governors, scholars, ministers, military, artists.