It’s no secret. I
LOVE am IN LOVE with WINE. I really enjoy a glass of Moscato, but I definitely don’t discriminate!
Let’s start with Wine 101 for any of you newbies out there.
I honestly get anxiety when I think about being pregnant and not being able to consume alcohol for 9 months. At my last physical I told my doctor to tell me straight up what would happen if I drank a glass of wine like once a week. Her answer…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, IF it’s not large amounts, not often, and not to the point where you’re drunk (duh). Obviously, you shouldn’t go around consuming millions of screwdriver’s and shot’s of tequila but a glass of wine here and there throughout pregnancy is actually a good thing. Especially red wine. (There are so many articles you can look up on this but asking you doctor is the best thing. Especially if you are pregnant. They can tell you how you’re doing then!)
There are also other health benefits of red wine.
1. Red wine may promote heart health.
Studies suggest that a compound in red wine called resveratrol may function as an antioxidant, lowering cholesterol levels and staving off blockage in heart vessels. The result: a lower risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
2. It may reduce men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
Research published in “Harvard Men’s Health Watch” found that men who drank an average of four to seven glasses of red wine a week were half as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who didn’t drink the stuff at all.
3. Drinking a bit of red wine on the regular could keep the blues away.
Last year, a study published in the journal “BMC Medicine” found that people over 55 who drank a glass of alcohol a day were less likely to be depressed than those who drank more or less. One possible explanation: resveratrol may have neuroprotective properties.
4. Even if you eat a ton, red wine might add years to your life.
A 2006 Harvard study found that mice on a high-calorie diet lived longer when they consumed resveratrol. (This one’s like having your cake and eating it, too.)
5. It goes so well with your food.
A wonderful list of wines and much more information! This is my go to!
I’d really enjoy this gadget.
People always talk about how killer wine hangovers are. Honestly, maybe because it’s because I drink so much of it but I never get a wine hangover. If anything it’s those 5 or 6 tequila shots that kill me in the morning. Here are some wine hangover remedies.
Sprite is my go to for hangovers. No joke.
For you penny pinchers, here are some wonderful wines that cost less that a fancy coffee!
Here’s how you open wine with everything but a corkscrew. Sorry, but I carry one in my purse. I’m not even kidding about that.
Myths vs. reality
Wine has a rich mythology, including how it should be chosen, stored, and served. Much of that information is limited or downright wrong. Here’s a rundown.
Myth: Wine improves with age.
Reality: Only certain wines may benefit from a few years of aging.
Wines that have a good balance of acidity, a lot of tannins, and intense fruit flavor may well improve with age. Candidates include some red wines (including most of the better cabernet sauvignons we’ve tested) and some heartier white wines, such as certain Burgundies and chardonnays. But even a wine with staying power will typically improve for no more than two to three years from the vintage year if it’s white, three to five years if it’s red; after that, quality might actually decline.
Myth: White wines go best only with fish and fowl; reds with meat and spicier fare.
Reality: A wine’s color isn’t always the best guide to the foods it will complement.
It’s a rule of thumb, but experiment. It’s as important to focus on the meal’s spices and sauces as on its primary ingredients. As a rule, richer dishes go best with full-bodied wine, including most cabernet sauvignons and zinfandels, and many chardonnays. Good choices for spicy foods include pinot grigios and semi-dry whites such as gewürztraminers and Rieslings. Lighter fare generally pairs nicely with lighter wines, including many bottles of the red varietals such as gamay (used to make Beaujolais) and pinot noir, and of white varietals such as sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, and dry Riesling.
Myth: Wine needs special storage facilities.
Reality: Wine can be safely stored in almost any home.
A trend is now to store wine in a temperature-controlled cellar or custom refrigerator. But unless you’re collecting very expensive wines, any spot in the house that is out of direct sunlight, remains cool (less than 70 degrees F) at all times without temperature fluctuations, and isn’t subject to vibration will hold wine safely for a year or two. Most basements fit the bill. Store cork-finished bottles on their side. Screw cap bottles may be stored upright.
Myth: White wines should be served well chilled, red wines at room temperature.
Reality: For reds and whites, ideal serving temperature varies by wine type.
To get maximum flavor from the bottle, rich white wines, including most chardonnays, should be served cool, not chilled (limit them to about an hour in the refrigerator). Only lighter whites, including most sauvignon blancs, should be well chilled (about two hours in the fridge–longer and they might become too cold). Lighter reds, such as pinot noirs, should be served cool. Only “big” reds–such as most cabernets and zinfandels–are best served at about 60 to 65 degrees F. For more see Serving and storing wine.
Myth: Wine should be opened before serving to allow time for breathing.
Reality: Not all wines improve when exposed to air–and wine in a bottle with an opening the size of a dime rarely improves.
Opening a bottle a few minutes early does no harm, and certain wines will improve somewhat after they’re exposed to air. But merely uncorking a bottle and letting it sit exposes too little of the wine to make a difference. The best way to fully enjoy a wine before you drink it is to swirl it around in your glass and sniff.
Myth: Each wine varietal demands its own glass shape.
Reality: One glass for reds and one for whites will suffice.
Wine snobbery now urges a different glass for almost every varietal. Two types will do: A set of wide, 12-to-16-ounce glasses for reds, and more slender, 8-to-12-ounce glasses for whites. (This is seriously a necessity. I have special glasses for red vs. white.)
Today is Sunday. I took full advantage of the miniscule sip of wine at church (thank you Jesus) and then came home and indulged in my size glass while enjoying my new binge show-One Tree Hill. I already love it even if I do feel like I’m cheating on everyone from Gossip Girl.
And remember folks, DON’T drink and drive. (I felt some weird obligation to say this due to the fact that I’m not quite 21 and wrote an entire post about alcohol.)
What is your favorite wine?
If not wine, what is your go to alcoholic beverage? (I’m a huge beer girl too.)