September 21, 2014

I Love Wine

A glass of dry, red, wineDo I love wine? You bet. Even though I was raised in a family that didn’t drink, when I was older I discovered a love for wine. Although I’m responsible and don’t get drunk, I have to admit that wine is important to me. It’s not just wine, but wineries, wine tasting, and wine making too.

1. I Love Wine Because It’s Good for Heart Health

Wine, especially red wine, is high in antioxidants, which promote good cholesterol and help prevent artery damage (1). Of course, you’re not doing your heart (or liver) any favors if you drink too much.

2. I Love Wine Because It Helps Me Live Longer

Ever wonder why the French, with their high fat diets and indulgent lifestyle live longer than others? It’ could be the wine. Wine contains Resveratrol, a substance that has been shown in several studies to slow down the aging process. (2). Resveratrol is found in wine, especially red wine.

3. I Love Wine Because It Lowers Stress

Alcohol, when used in moderation, is a mild sedative, which means it can calm us down. After a long day at work or in high stress situations a glass of wine can create a calming, relaxing effect. After a long day of working, I love to slide into a comfy chair and have a glass of Merlot, my favorite variety.

4. I Love Wine Because of the Rich History and Diversity

Wine making has been around for thousands of years. The Bible and other ancient documents mention wine making. Not only that, but the wine lover can experience many different types of wine, including white wine, red wine, fruit wine, vegetable wine, etc.

Grape wines are named for the variety of grape used. White wines are wines  like Chardonnay, Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.  Red wines are wines like Merlot, Shiraz (Syrah) Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chianti. Depending on the fermentation process,  dry wines and sweet wines are possible. Wine coolers are wine mixed with fruit juice and sometimes carbonation.

5. I Love Wine Because of the Socializing

Let’s face it. If done responsibly and in moderation, wine drinking is fun. Even though I’m not a big drinker, I enjoy wine tastings, where there’s no danger of getting drunk. It’s fun to visit local wineries and sample the local culture along with regional wines.

Although wine should always be consumed in moderation, responsible, social drinking can be fun and a great way to meet new people.

Do you love wine too? Tell us why you love wine in the comments below. Make sure to check “post to Facebook” to share why you love wine (and your favorite varieties) with all your friends too!




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