I’ve heard that drinking wine, especially red wine, is good for me. Is this true?
Wine is full of healthful compounds that range from tannins and polyphenols to alcohol and that so-called magic bullet: resveratrol.
Studies have shown that moderate wine consumption -- that’s a glass or two a day -- can lower the risk of heart attack for middle-aged people by some 30% to 50%. Other studies have shown that red wine can raise your good cholesterol while lowering the bad. Some of these benefits are attributed to the resveratrol found in wine. Wines with the highest levels of resveratrol include Tannat and Pinot Noir, especially Pinot Noir grown in cooler climates. It seems that resveratrol, much like acid, can easily be cooked out of grapes. Good news for those lovers of Oregon, Austrian, and German Pinot Noir!