Drinking your favorite glass of red wine may give a healthful boost to your body!

Written by Elaine and Scott Harris

The antioxidants in red wine—polyphenols—may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Resveratrol, a particular type of polyphenol, is one substance in red wine that has caught the attention of wine drinkers and health professionals alike.

10114958_l_300Many believe that resveratrol might be the key ingredient in red wine which helps prevent damage to blood vessels and reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. The resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than is white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol than raw grapes or grape juice. Although most health practitioners would probably not equate drinking alcohol with being healthy, research has shown that drinking in moderation—perhaps a glass of red wine with your meal—is the best choice when making a good decision about alcohol consumption.

According to the Mayo clinic, “If you already drink red wine, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.”

With this in mind, having a glass of red wine with your meal just became even more inviting. Each country has its own signature red wine grape varietals that produce distinctive, delicious red wines. Learn more about a country’s red wine grape varietals ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah. These varietals are grown throughout the world, but be adventurous and try an Argentinean Malbec, or a Chilean Carmenere. Visit the wine regions of Italy with a Nebbiolo, Corvina, Sangiovese, or a Barbera. Want to discover Spain? Venture into a Garnacha, Tempranillo, or a lovely Spanish Monastrell.

Wherever you may want to venture, remember wine is the direct outcome of the terroir of the region of origin. Drink a glass to health, to pleasure, and to world discovery, but mostly take and sip and enjoy!