Grape Smarts

A study conducted by researchers from the Danish Epidemiology Science Center in Copenhagen has found that wine consumption may be associated with higher IQs. Not only that, but the Danes found that higher education levels, an elevated socioeconomic status and optimal functioning on personality scales and health-related behaviors were also correlated with wine consumption. "Our data demonstrate that wine drinking is a general indicator of optimal social, cognitive and personality development in Denmark," say the researchers. Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the study examined some 700 men and women aged 29-34 years. This means wine lists and related programs could now conceivably be classified as continuing education, income enhancement or self-improvement programs. A trip to the bar could be a bona fide brainteaser--a glass of cab, a full-blown cognitive workout. Think of the good study habits this would develop among the age bracket and the funny answers IQ tests would generate after a night of cramming.

David Brawley, the one-time Salve! pastry chef who vacated that Italian restaurant launched by Phil and Janet Cobb, has turned up slinging dough with Mico Rodriguez's M Crowd Restaurant Group. Brawley will start at The Mercury restaurant that recently opened at the Shops at Willow Bend. "We're trying each other out for a month or two," Brawley adds. "And, hopefully, that will lead to a long association."...Ferre, Patrick Colombo's Tuscan restaurant with California fringe, opened recently in the West Village at Lemmon and McKinney. For dinner only, that is. Lunch won't be served in the swank Cal-Ital outlet until September 19. Maybe. The reason? Colombo says construction keeps noise levels up during the day, putting a cramp in lunchtime digestion. Cru, Colombo's new wine bar, should open in mid- to late October, Colombo says. Construction on the theater, which sits on top of Cru, is keeping the bung hole on that operation plugged...Timpano Italian Chophouse, with "swank design elements" defined as deep leather banquettes, large chandeliers and oversized wine closets, will open Monday, September 17, in Stonebriar Centre in Frisco. Timpano is flush with steaks, chops and pastas and will feature a 14-ounce bone-in filet mignon. The restaurant is an offshoot of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide's Emerging Brands division (Samba Room and Mignon). Emerging Brands currently operates five Timpanos in cities such as Chicago, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Washington D.C.

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