8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

Every year, there is a flurry of headlines about the health benefits of wine. But can drinking wine really make a difference? Here, the news—very good news, indeed—from the latest studies.  

Note: The health benefits come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day.


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  • The Benefit: Promotes Longevity

The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.

Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

  • The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers.

Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

  • The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines.

Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

  • The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes.

Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

  • The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke

The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol.

Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

  • The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer.

Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

  • The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent.

Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

  • The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline

The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers.

Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

No qualm now, please enjoy these 3 excellent red wines.

1. 7 Fuentes by Suertes del Marques 2016

7 Fuentes by Suertes del Marques 2016

This is some of the most interesting, (and sought after), wine in the world. Absolutely fabulous.

It takes dedication to make wine this good. We would say this is wine geek wine, but the wine is so approachable and delicious that it has gone from wine geek wine to cult wine. 35 vineyard sites, volcanic soils, rare grape varietals. This is not your everyday wine.

If these wines were not so darn easy delicious, they would be wine geek wines as there is just so much interesting lore around the wines and the producer. As someone that sees a lot of vines, I have never seen any that look like this.

2. Santenay Les Charmes by Bachelet-Monnot 2016

Santenay Les Charmes by Bachelet-Monnot 2016

There is no debate as to whether 2016 was one of the greatest vintages in Burgundy over the last few decades and now there is no debate as to whether Bachelet-Monnot should now be considered one of the top producers in Burgundy.

This wine is nothing short of extraordinary.

“The 2016 is excellent, wafting from the glass in a classy aromatic blend of red and black cherries, gamebird, chalky soil tones, woodsmoke and a nice touch of spice.” 

90 points – John Gilman, View from the Cellar.

3. Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Domaine La Roquete 2007

Nothing to add, just read these following comment:

The finest tradition cuvee yet made, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre aged in foudre and concrete tanks) possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a bouquet of black currants, black cherries, garrigue, pepper, and lavender. It is a full-bodied, ripe, exceptionally elegant, pure wine to drink now or cellar for 12-15 years.

93 Robert Parker – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“This has gorgeously silky mouthfeel, with layers of blackberry, black cherry and dark plum fruit seamlessly woven with black tea and perfumy pepper and spice notes. The long finish lets the fruit and minerality drip. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre Drink now through 2020. 7,500 cases made.”

92 Points – Wine Spectator

Health content retrieved from: https://www.foodandwine.com/articles/8-health-benefits-of-drinking-wine.

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