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    Will A Glass Of Red Wine A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

    Red Wine

    Silky, robust, powerful, and well-rounded. These are common descriptors that illustrate red wine’s unending expansion of flavors. However, the word healthy is an indefinite adjective on the list of descriptive words dedicated to vin rouge.

    In the Middle Ages, the longevity of monks was attributed to the regular (albeit moderate) red wine consumption. For years, multiple theories have been supported in medical studies, highlighting red wine’s health benefits.

    Before we discuss the perks of red wine consumption, let’s observe the factors that have eliminated white wine from this equation.

    Red Versus White

    When people talk about health benefits and wine, they often focus on reds, which contain high levels of antioxidants. White wines lose a lot of their antioxidant properties when the skins and seeds of their grapes fall off before the fermentation process begins.

    Drinking copious amounts of chardonnay, for instance, may cause ‘flu-like’ symptoms due to sulfites that keep the wine from spoiling. While most organic options do not contain any sulfites, it’s widely known that the acidity levels of white grape varieties often have some effect on gastro-esophageal reflux that leads to indigestion.

    Why Does Red Wine Improve Your Health?

    A polyphenol that is known to inhibit cholesterol plaque in blood vessels, otherwise known as tannin, is beneficial to heart health and monk-like longevity.  

    If you’re still not entirely convinced that the moderate consumption of red wine presents a variety of health benefits, allow the wonders of science to help you out.

    • Red Wine Protects Your Heart: Studies have shown that drinking red wine lowers the risk of developing heart disease with the help of a natural antioxidant called resveratrol
    • Better Mood, Better Mind: The flavonoids found in red wine protect the cells responsible for guarding your healthy blood vessels. If the blood flow to your brain can be improved, age-related memory decline can be avoided
    • Long Live The Wine Drinker: Maybe it’s because you’re chilled out, but moderate servings of red wine are linked to a longer life. Test the theory, but work in a nutrient-dense diet packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals

    How Is Red Wine Red Wine Supportive Of Heart Health?

    The antioxidants found in wine may help prevent coronary artery disease, a serious condition that could lead to heart attacks. Studies have also shown that red wine may increase our levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is essential in the prevention of ‘bad’ cholesterol buildup. If your cholesterol is top-notch, your heart will thank you for it.

    If you like to enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner, go for it, especially since it’s the key to a healthy heart and a relaxed mindset.

    Is Red Wine Good For Your Gut?

    The National Library Of Medicine kicked things up a notch when they reported that polyphenols found in red wine grapes could improve gut health. 

    The NLM found that red wine compounds also serve as a prebiotic, a very helpful tool in boosting healthy gut bacteria. The study also found that people who drank red wine had increased gut microbiota diversity, a sign of impressive gut health. 

    Can Red Wine Reduce Blood Pressure?

    If the blood vessels in our bodies are healthy, we can expect reduced blood pressure and an increase in levels of HDL (good cholesterol). 

    The compound in red wine called procyanidin is what keeps the blood vessels in shape. A study conducted by the American Heart Association suggested that resveratrol might also be beneficial in protection against artery damage.

    How Will Red Wine Affect Diabetics?

    In 2015, the American College of Physicians interestingly noted in their studies that a glass of red wine at dinner “modestly decreases cardiometabolic risk” in individuals with a confirmed diagnosis of type-2 diabetes.  

    When this risk is reduced, the risks of heart disease in people with well-controlled type-2 diabetes is lessened exponentially. 

    What Other Health Benefits Does Red Wine Have?

    Resveratrol’s glucoside is a key player in preventing vision loss by reducing inflammation, as well as oxidative stress.

    Moreover, the BMJ (a leading general medical journal) found that moderate red wine consumption might be good for the brain too. The study mostly focused on the elderly and reviewed cases that would suggest an increased risk of dementia in people who abstained from drinking wine thanks to a very interesting neuroprotective effect of polyphenols.

    Bottom Line

    Not only is a nice bottle of red packed with health benefits, but it’s also brimming with history and fascinating flavors. Quite humorously, it was Professor Janne Tolstrup, from the National Institute of Public Health of the University of Southern Denmark who suggested, “It’s better to drink wine in four portions rather than all at once.”

    Going Vintage: The Art Of Buying In Bulk

    Buying vintage in bulk could be beneficial if you’re looking to resell or expand your cellar with top-notch wine. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

    Research Your Wine And Its Value

    Establish that your box of vintage is authentic and in good condition, but also make sure that you’re not paying an extortionate amount of money. Having some knowledge of what to expect can help you gain greater access to market information.

    Determine Provenance

    Wherever you choose to purchase your vintage case from, you’ll want to verify your purchase. This means that the bottle condition, authenticity, and provenance are clearly stated. If you wish to resell your vintage later then an unbroken chain of ownership from the winery to the current owner is crucial when purchasing in bulk. 

    Insure Your Bottles

    When traveling to its final destination, your wines will need to be insured against any potential damage. You’ll also want to make sure the insurance applies to storage. Stored vintages may be subjected to damage caused by natural disasters, break-ins, and extreme temperatures. 

    Buying Cases Of Mixed Wines

    The joy of joining a wine club is one way to ensure that you have a beautiful variety of wines at your disposal. There are retailers that offer mixed-case purchases of six or 12 bottles of the same vintage and label.

    If you’re an oenophile that sticks to familiar flavors, then you can customize your box from scratch. When building a mixed selection, keep the following in mind: 

    • The one issue with mixed cases: They don’t always contain only popular wines. There are instances where you might end up with three or four valuable wines, while the rest act as a filler of sorts
    • Optimize for your taste range: Opting for a mixed selection eliminates the risk of having a case delivered that isn’t in your taste range. This is because you’re able to select wine based on your personal preferences 
    • Mystery bottle: Some retailers and wine clubs will offer a mystery case option. However, if you’re not fond of surprises then you may want to choose your own instead 

    Conclusion

    Perhaps you’re looking to expand your high-end collection or hoping to experience the benefits of bulk buying. Cases of wine can offer you convenience, personalization, and practicality. If you end up with a fine box of vintage, make sure you know how to store it and properly age it.