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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Which Red Wine Is For You?

November 13th, 2019

Who doesn’t love a good glass of sparkling, red wine? Reds are the life of any wine tasting party, and all the more so if they are rich, smooth, and full-bodied. But not everyone may have the same taste in reds, just like we have preferences with our whites. This then begs the question: which red wine is for you? Let’s delve into this interesting topic a little bit more!

Which red wine is best for you?

Choosing your scarlet poison…

The list would most likely go on and on if we actually talked about the wide assortment of reds out there. So we’ll narrow things down a bit by discussing about the types of reds that are good for you. Red wine in general carries a complex mix of phytonutrients, or plant chemicals, that can help your body function better. One of these compounds is popularly know as “antioxidants.” With red wine, antioxidants’ free-radical fighting capabilities are enhanced even more. “Flavanoids” is another compound, essentially, the largest type of antioxidant found in red wines. The healthiest red wines have high amounts of the antioxidant flavonoid resveratrol. Lastly, you have the “polyphenols.” Polyphenols are flavanoids containing cancer-fighting and inflammation-reducing components. But let’s list down the health benefits of red wine in less scientific terms. Research has proven that red wine improves cardiovascular health, balances blood sugars, decreases cognitive impairment, and prevents particular types of cancers, among others. It also helps with weight control by fighting against obesity.

Now what may be considered as the healthiest bottles of reds you can pop open? First off, we have the Malbec. It contains about four times the antioxidants as Merlots and about two times as much as Cabernet Sauvignons. The taste is nothing to sneer at either. Malbecs are known to have a smooth, black cherry and blackberry flavor. This is combined with a delectable, silky pour and darker, mocha-like finish. Next up is the ever famous Pinot Noir. A staple in almost any wine tasting affair, Pinot Noir is a heavenly concotion of plums, berries and almonds. The sweetness is balanced out by a flavorful, bright acidity. Healthwise, Pinot Noirs contain a healthy dose of the antioxidants anthocyanins and procyanidins. These two are popular bad cholesterol-reducing agents that make room for more HDL absorption. HDL is known as the “good cholesterol” which the body needs.

Third on the list but definitely not the least, we have the Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignons carry with them a particular flavonoid combination that offer all the same cardiovascular and artery relief other blends do. But one advantage of this red wine is that its compounds aid in stimulating the production of a protein called the “amyloid precursor.” This protein is an essential factor of neural cell health. And of course, Cabernet Sauvignon is also known to be easy on the teeth – a definite plus over the rest! So have you decided which red wine is for you? Let us know in the comments below! ^_^

*For more info on benefits of red wine, check out this resource page.

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