We’ve all seen the Facebook memes teasing that wellness will abound with a nightly glass of wine (or two!). And while that’s a bandwagon we can jump on, is there fact behind this fancy?
We’re happy to report that there are many and wondrous reasons to raise a toast to wine—in particular, red wine. Let us count the ways it’s raising eyebrows and glasses with the promise of better health. Then spy our selections and visit the Penns Woods Winery tasting room for your daily dose.
1. Scope Out Some Science
Let’s start with the textbook stuff, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic’s Heart Disease In-Depth. A handy polyphenol in red wine called resveratrol has some promise in the heart-healthy department. Resveratrol comes from grape skin, and since red wine sits on the skins longer than white, those varietals are the powerhouses. We have to say might a lot when reporting this find, but research does suggest resveratrol might prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the “bad” cholesterol), reduce inflammation and prevent blood clots. Naturally that’s wine in moderation, as too much alcohol of any type can increase a lot of health risk factors. This source considers moderation to be one drink a day for men older than 65 and women of all ages and two drinks a day for men under 65.
2. A+ for Antioxidants
We’re heading back to school with this one: University of California prof Andrew Waterhouse suggested to BBC Worldwide’s Good Food that all red wines are not created equal. The darker the wine, the higher the antioxidants; remember, the benefits come from fermenting longer on the skins. A round of applause for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the winners in the darker-wine department. Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petit Syrah also scored well, so you have choices when selecting what to sip.
3. The 31 Percenters
We were tickled to see Consumer Reports Product Review link one of our other favorite beverages to better health: coffee. While 61 percent of Americans get a coffee fix daily, it’s the 31 percent who tip back a daily glass of wine that we’re talking to. The article high-fives a daily dose of wine for possibly increasing life span, boosting blood flow and diminishing the risk of depression. Moderation is still the watchword, but it seems to us a ruby-red glass of vino is a great way to get your one-a-day.
4. Remember to Drink Your Wine
As if we’d forget to do that! Thanks to some fun facts from Everyday Health, remembering to have that glass of wine (or remembering most things) should come easier thanks to our friend resveratrol. Slowing memory loss is another “might” in the list of red wine’s benefits. It joins protecting against head, neck and colon cancer, fighting weight gain and protecting against dental disease. Make a note of it!
5. Hooray for Anti-Aging
Wait—don’t rub wine on your face. But according to WebMD Health and Beauty, you might outsmart aging with that daily goblet. Red wine once again gets high marks for antioxidants and polyphenols (hello, resveratrol!), but it also gets a big nod as part of the popular Mediterranean Diet, which is associated with longer, healthier lives. And all of the above appear to give a one-two punch to the visible signs of aging.
Take a peek at our good-for-you wines and then come for a visit. Prefer to shop online? Our wine club brings our very best from the vines to your glass by delivering right to your door. Peruse the perks—like discounts, free wine tastings, vineyard tours and more—and sign up today to make sure you get your (red wine) “medicine.”
Penns Woods Winery is a family-run Pennsylvania winery. With more than 40 years of experience in the wine business, winemaker Gino Razzi and his daughter, Carley Mack, produce award-winning wines from Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Penns Woods wines can be found in restaurants throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. Stop in to your local state store and pick from a limited selection of wines, or visit our tasting room for the full offering. The tasting room in Chadds Ford provides an all-around vineyard experience and hosts live music, food and wine pairings and other exciting events each weekend. Score Penns Woods Winery news in your inbox by signing up for our newsletter today!
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9/11/2018 03:52:22 pm
Thanks for pointing out that red wine has multiple qualities that can reduce visible signs of aging. My friends from my church group and I have a monthly beauty club, and I think it'd be really fun to go to a wine event together. Thanks for helping me justify it by pointing out the health benefits of wine!
9/14/2018 02:19:09 am
10/11/2018 02:14:58 am
Wine is good for health as it cures many pathetic diseases are improved from drinking the wine regularly in correct amount as it make the heart stronger those who have the heart diseases can be improve from it by drinking it regularly.
11/12/2018 08:45:00 pm
It is nice to know that you can get anti-aging properties from your wine. This is a great way to make sure that you are putting helpful things into your body. My sister would love knowing this as she looks for some local wines that she might like.
11/26/2018 05:44:29 am
The most easiest way to get the information related to the five reasons of drinking wine is a great for your health to see Consumer Reports Product Review link one of our other favorite beverages to better health: coffee. While 61 percent of Americans get a coffee fix daily, it’s the 31 percent who tip back a daily glass of wine that we’re talking to. The article high-fives a daily dose of wine for possibly increasing life span, boosting blood flow and diminishing the risk of depression. Moderation is still the watchword, but it seems to us a ruby-red glass of vino is a great way to get your one-a-day.
6/15/2019 03:35:00 pm
Thank you for pointing out that the darker the wine, the higher the antioxidants. My husband and I have been thinking of going on a wine tasting tour as a vacation. It's good to know that darker wines have higher antioxidants in them.
6/19/2019 05:46:07 pm
My husband and I are thinking about going to a vineyard to enjoy some wine tasting for my birthday. I didn't realize there are so many benefits of drinking wine like the fact that it has antioxidants and anti-aging properties. Also, the fact that it could help you to avoid memory loss is another important benefit that I will make sure to share with my husband.
I never thought about the positive effects of drinking alcohol, especially the antioxidants it provides as it is darker. I am trying to convince my husband that drinking can be fun and beneficial if done responsibly. I will start looking for a good place to go out and be able to drink with him so we can become closer as a couple.
9/19/2019 11:50:47 am
It's so cool that red wine has things in it that help you remember things better! That would be awesome for me because my memory is so bad I forget what I'm going to say mid-sentence. It would be nice if I could fix that.
10/9/2019 10:32:04 am
I had no idea that wine can help you avoid gaining weight. My wife and I want to visit a vineyard soon. We'll have to remember all of the health benefits that drinking wine entails.
12/6/2019 07:28:43 am
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1/6/2020 12:24:12 pm
My family and I are planning to go on a vineyard tour of our mother's 45th birthday. We all love drinking wine that's why we chose this activity; surprisingly read wines are antioxidants, and the darker it is the higher its antioxidant is. This is great, I just hope that I'll be able to find a vineyard vacation service right within this month.
2/5/2020 04:05:53 pm
Thank you for pointing out that when you drink wine it can help you get more antioxidants from darker wines. My best friend from college wants to do a winery tour for her bachelorette party. I was worried about it being dangerous but I think it could be fun and maybe even more healthy than I thought.
9/10/2020 01:35:30 am
Much of the health benefits of red wine come from resveratrol. Resveratrol is concentrated mostly in the skins and seeds of grapes and berries — especially in the skins of red grapes (which is why it is present in red wine).
11/3/2020 11:24:20 am
It's cool that you mention that red wine is a great source of antioxidants. I've been looking for a way to get more of those in my diet, so I'm contemplating taking a wine tour. I'm going to search for a reputable business in my area that offers wine tours.
11/24/2020 11:56:08 pm
It's wonderful to know that wine has anti-aging properties that can help you maintain your youthfulness. My wife and I are going to celebrate our third year anniversary next month and I am thinking of bringing her for a short getaway over the weekend so we can enjoy some activities together. I think it would be great if I can look for any tour that has wine tasting activity so we can enjoy drinking together.
12/21/2020 11:52:43 am
It's interesting that you point out that red wine is a great source of antioxidants. I'd like to include more antioxidants in my diet, so I'm thinking about going to a bar to drink some red wine tonight. I'm going to see if there's a good bar in my area that serves red wine.
2/16/2021 02:35:41 pm
I love that you talked about how wine has high levels of antioxidants, which have antiaging benefits. My wife and I have some friends coming over for the weekend, and we're thinking about what we could serve for food and beverages. We're researching different alcoholic beverages, and we think we just found our new favorite one! We thank you for your information about the health benefits of drinking wine.
3/18/2021 02:45:51 pm
I didn't know that wine contains antioxidants and polyphenols which may be useful for alleviating signs of aging. My wife has noticed that wrinkles have started to develop on her face ever since she started work last month, and she would like to find a way to appear younger when we throw a party for her sister's birthday. Maybe we should consider visiting a distillery so that we can start drinking more wine.
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11/12/2021 06:11:53 pm
I'll look at some science before tasting wine. That might help me get the right idea. Knowing how all the tastes come together sounds useful.
12/6/2021 10:10:48 am
I've been wanting to go on a wine tour, but I wasn't sure if it would be healthy or not. I had no idea that wine can actually be pretty good for you! That means that a wine tour is something that I can definitely try out.
2/25/2022 07:02:09 am
It's interesting to know that wine gets high marks for antioxidants which make it helpful in fighting signs of aging. That's probably why my friends are planning a wine tour limo and want me to join them. I think it's a great way to relax so I'll help them book one.
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