Fruit Of The Vine-Let Me Tell You About Wine

Kicking back and enjoying a glass of vino started way, way back. Approximately seven thousand years ago, in the mountains of what is now northern Iran, they were fermenting up an alcoholic storm. Archeologists discovered remains of aged grapes and a wine preservative from tree sap on some jug shreds. Wonder if they kept their neighbors up late at night howling at the moon?

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There is a reason why the French have the seventh longest life expectancy in the world.

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Researchers call it the “French Paradox”. The people of France love their butters, cheeses, eggs and flaky croissants. Even with all this saturated fat in their diet, they have extremely low rates of heart disease. Its attributed, at least partially, to their wine, mainly red wine. The French have been wine making since the 6th century BC. Today, they are the second largest wine-producing country after Italy. Many people in countries throughout Europe originally started drinking wine, because their water was unfit for human consumption. They even served it to their children in place of other fluids.

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Wine lowers tension and anxiety. In moderation, it raises good cholesterol, helping to possibly lower risk of coronary artery disease, reduces blood clots and slows aging.

There are more antioxidants in red than white wine. Many protective components are in the grape skins left in during the fermentation process for red wine. One of the most popular antioxidants is resveratrol. This polyphenol (antioxidant) has been shown to do miraculous things, but only proven in animals. There is a very small amount in wine but the possibility exists that the interaction of alcohol and other antioxidants boosts resveratrol’s positive effects.

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As red wines age, they usually lighten in color whereas white wines start to develop a golden brown hue. Many reds will soften in taste with time. Whites wines become less fruity. Tannins in wine are responsible for causing these changes to occur, because of their interactions with hundreds of compounds in the aging bottles. There are also the blush wines. They are wines that pour in the middle of the road, with some red and white qualities.

The top wine-producing states in the U.S. are California, Washington, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

There are 100 calories in a 5 ounce glass of wine compared to an average of 150 calories in a 12 ounce beer.

Final Words For Thought:

Moderation is the key to positive benefits from enjoying wine. Males may consume up to 2 glasses of wine and females 1 glass of wine daily. A glass of wine is 5 oz.

Full benefit of resveratrol can be achieved by slowly sipping your red wine. Most of this antioxidant is absorbed in the mouth. After the wine goes down the esophagus, the majority of resveratrol is destroyed by the stomach and liver. Blood levels can be increased by 100 times from absorption in the mucous membranes of your mouth. No gargling!

There are some great organic wines out in the marketplace. They don’t contain any herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and artificial fertilizers. Their taste is different from conventional wines and in my opinion quite good tasting.

SALUTE!

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Clinking Is The Start Of Something Good!

Cheers till next time.



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