There’s something just so lovely about holding a giant glass filled with a yummy wine, especially if I’m celebrating something special. My favorite evenings and memories always include a scrumptious dinner, great friends and family, and a bottle of red.
I want to preface this post by saying that I do not believe that drinking a bottle of wine to yourself a day is a good thing. Nor do I believe that you should greatly increase your daily alcohol intake because of the potential health benefits. Everything in moderation…
But, if you are a lover of wine, I think you might enjoy reading some things I found. Red wine’s potential heart-healthy benefits look promising…
First some facts:
- Various studies have shown that MODERATE amounts of all types of alcohol benefit your heart. It is thought that alcohol reduces production of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad one) and boost high density lipoprotein cholesterol (the good one)
- Antioxidants found in red wine called FLAVONOIDS fight infection and protect cells against the effects of free radicals. They prevent excessive inflammation throughout your body. Yippppeee! Other sources of flavonoids include apples, apricots, and blueberries.
- Resveratrol, found in red wine, has gotten a lot of attention for it’s possible health benefits. It is a non-flavonoid phenol that 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.
- Resveratrol is believed to prevent damage to blood vessels and reduce blood clotting. Other testing has confirmed it’s anti-aging benefits. Finally, it has been known for its protection against obesity and diabetes. Wonderful, right?
- French people have a relatively low incidence of coronary hearth disease, while having a diet high in fat and red wine. I love the French! And they make me want to eat fat and drink <3
ONTO THE FUN STUFF!
Scientific research or not, I feel like I can really unwind, think about my day and enjoy my surroundings when I have my glass of wine. And I am a believer in good quality of life. For this reason I wanted to share my favorite bottle of red wine with you. It is the wine I drank at my wedding and a wine I hold dearly to my heart. I’m not an expert on wine AT ALL but keep reading to hear from a couple guys who are experts!
It is just scrumptious, and I’ve never heard of a soul who didn’t like it!
I spoke with two of my favorite wine conoissuers and collectors who agreed to share some of their favorite bottles, along with some thoughts about the Vino! I thought it would be cool to refer back to the next time you’re out to dinner and need some help! Hope you enjoy:
“My Grandparents were dedicated to making and drinking their own wine daily and I believe that the benefits contributed to their quality of life, which lasted well into their 80s without counting a single calorie.”
My favorite value wine:
Robert Biale Zinfandel – While the vineyard makes many great Zins, the most accessible is Black Chicken. A great $40.00 bottle of wine when you can find it on the shelf somewhere.
My favorite splurge:
Bond Wines – For those that don’t know, this is Harlan’s second label and for those of us that prefer big cabs to sophisticated Bordeaux blends, this wine is a home run.
A solid go to when out to dinner:
Chappellet Mountain Cuvee (in 2011 they changed the name to Cervantes) – The bottle is $30.00 in a retail outlet, so you should see it on the list at around $60.00 – $70.00. It has great flavor and pairs with a number of meals. When I go to a restaurant, I try to find the best value on the menu given the standard mark-up, which can in many cases exceed 100% of the retail bottle cost.
A tip from Marky:
“Drink what you like. If you are eating seafood, but you love red wine, drink red wine. In those instances, I simply try to pick the right red wine for the meal. Instead of a big cab, I may lean towards a great Pinot like a Beaux Frères. I understand the need to pair, but I don’t understand the need to drink a buttery chardonnay if I hate buttery chardonnay.”
Rob Jaimerena (Wine collector and consultant)
A very consistent wine, year in and year out is Caymus. Every year is good so if you want to put a year with it, let’s say 2009.The Caymus is also fairly easy to find at roughly $65
A favorite of mine is, or was (I drank the last one this year) the 2004 Buccella- it’s a big, voluptuous, full bodied wine. A little pricey though…… about $140.
A tip from Robby:
“I am not picky when it comes to choosing a wine at dinner time. I usually go with a cab if I’m eating beef, a nice chianti with my pasta. I am drinking more pinot noir lately and it pairs very nicely with pork tenderloin or a nice grilled salmon.”
Thanks Gentlemen, for all of your advice. I’ll be referring back to this on the REG!