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Red Wine Benefits - And More

Updated on October 27, 2014

The Benefits Of Red Wine - From Cooking To Health

Red wine benefits go well beyond just your health. There is something soulfully satisfying about sharing a glass of robust red wine with the person you love. The aroma of a freshly prepared dish made with red wine is both appetizing and invigorating.

In this article we're going to talk about everything from cooking with red wine to the number of calories in it. We'll take a look at the best temperature to store and serve, and discuss the best red wine for sangria... if you love red wine then you'll enjoy your visit.

Many people mistakenly assume that red wines are a "man's wine" because in the past many women enjoyed whites more often than reds because they considered it a lighter drink. It is true that many men do prefer the red variety, myself included. And it's true, there is a belief that most women prefer white wines, and some surveys even suggest it. But other surveys, like the large scale one conducted by Global Vinexpo, shows that 79% of women prefer red wines. So I think it's fair to say that we all love red wines, for a variety of reasons. Let's explore the benefits of red wine, and more.

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What is the best red wine? I won't even attempt to navigate those waters because frankly there's no way any person can tell you which wines are the best... it's a matter of personal preferences and tastes.

The best anyone can possibly do is point you in the right direction and then you have the fun job of tasting and testing as many different wine types as you can, stocking up when you find a winner.

Amazon now has an amazing online Wine Store and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves wine- red, rose or white. Check it out when you have time, you'll be pleasantly surprised that your favorite online retailer now also has the world's best wines at prices you can afford.

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Red Wine Health Benefits Explored - What Are The REAL Benefits Of Red Wine? What Should You Know?

Let's face it, we all want to enjoy good food and drink, and be healthy. The good news is, it turns out, that red wines fit right into that plan.

By now everyone has heard that red wine is extremely healthy for you. Yes, there are detractors (aren't there always), but many experts like Dr Oz suggest that the benefits to red wine are quite significant and shouldn't be overlooked. In particular he talks about the anti-aging effects of anti-oxidants and other red wine benefits.

The example Dr Oz gives of these powerful age fighters is of a slice of apple covered in fresh lemon juice, and one fresh slice untouched. The untouched slice starts to degrade and turn dark due to the damaging effects of exposure to oxygen (oxidation), while the piece coated in lemon juice doesn't. "The same thing happens to our skin, to our heart, to our eyes," Dr. Oz says. "All of our bodies need to have the antioxidants."

Read more at Dr. Oz's Anti-Aging Checklist, but here's the bottom line. Red wine is good for you because of the Resveratrol it contains. This Resveratrol comes from the skin of the grapes, which are used when making red wine, but not white wines.

That's not a free pass for those who like to kick it a little too hard! As in all things, moderation should be your guide. According to the American Heart Association, moderation means an average of one or two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. One drink is 12 oz. of beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits.

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Are You Counting Calories In Red Wine? - Wine Can Be A Healthy Choice, But There Are Calories

Let's get some facts out of the way first. We know from the AHA guidelines mentioned above that a serving of wine is considered to be 4 ounces. According to the USDA's Nutrient Data Laboratory, basic red wine has about 25 calories per one ounce serving, so you're looking at 100 calories per glass... not too bad.

The catch is that various types of wines from various wine makers, and of course different grapes, means that this value can fluctuate, so use it as a guide only. For reference, a Zinfandel tends to be slightly higher in calories than this, while a Pinot Noir is slightly less than average; we're talking +/- 2 to 5 calories... not much.

So it seems that given the caloric value of one drink of delicious red wine, 100, that giving in to it over, say, a glass of sweet tea or other calorie rich drink makes perfect sense, especially in light of the known health benefits we've already discussed. So the next time you're eating out with friends or enjoying a special meal at home, feel alright with your choice of having wine.

One final note to remember, and it's an important one, is to never give in to the popular temptation of considering wine a "healthy" drink, or a "health" food, just because of it's potential benefits. Enjoy it, love it, drink it... just do so responsibly.

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Like politics and religion, among cooks you'll find a great deal of advice and loads of opinions on which red wine is best for cooking. And those opinions can even cause tempers to flair.

Some people claim that you should never cook with corked wine because of the flavor issues, others say hogwash, any such concerns, if valid, would be remedied while cooking because at temperatures above 285 degrees those impurities boil off. I've heard people say never cook with anything you wouldn't drink.

So where does all of that leave us? Laughing, perhaps, depending on your pedigree or lack thereof. I've cooked with every type of wine imaginable, and even used white wine when the recipe called for red, because that was all I had handy. And one thing rings true for all of the dishes I've prepared with wine... not one person has ever given me a disgusted look, or wondered what I was thinking serving such a thing. Leave the snobbery for those with time and money, here's my take on it.

Unless your recipe calls for a specific wine, and you have one handy or feel like buying it, then I suggest using whatever you have, or picking up an inexpensive Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or whatever is affordable where you shop. Cooking wine should compliment the dish, not overshadow it... in those small quantities, in a well prepared dish, the difference is so minuscule to not justify fretting over it, or spending money needlessly. Remember, were talking specifically about "cooking" wine.

If there's a caveat it would be to not use a fruit wine (or other flavored variety) since the flavor that it imparts could affect the dish. Otherwise, forget all the debate about corked, non-corked, oak-barrel aged, etc...

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When it comes to wine there are three things to consider as it relates to storing your bottles- humidity, light and temperature. As you can imagine, a room that is too dry can negatively effect the corks in corked bottles, but if yours aren't corked then humidity is a non-factor. Since we cannot control the humidity in our homes (most of us) its not worth discussing.

Direct and indirect light (UV specifically) can have a damaging effect on your wine because it destroys the natural compounds within it, negatively effecting the taste and aroma. Therefore store your wines in a dark area, and if that's not possible then cover them with a very dark and thick towel, blanket or other cloth to block out as much light as possible.

Finally, there's the storage temperature for wines. Most people would agree that a temperature of about 55°F (13°C) is ideal for storage. The other factor relating to this discussion is the amount that the ambient temperature fluctuates. It is as important for the stored wine to have a stable temperature as it is to have a mild one. Do everything you can to prevent your stored wines from getting hot and cold, as this damages the molecular structure of the wine and effects the taste over time.

If you're buying, and storing, a lot of wine (or some that's expensive) then you should build or buy a storage area suitable for your investment. Though it would be costly to build an area that maintains the proper temp and humidity. Below are a few good wine cooler options from Amazon that will keep your wine at optimal settings.

Finally, the ideal drinking temperature for red wine, according to most professionals, is:

50-65 °F or 10-18 °C

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Preserve Your Wine's Flavor And Keep It Ready To Drink

What Is The Best Red Wine For Sangria? - For A Red Or Rose Shangria Choose Something Fruity And Bold

There is absolutely no way that you can go wrong with virtually any red or rose wine when making Sangria. The added fruits and juices mix together to make something so delicious that you'll find it virtually impossible to mess up.

That being said, everyone has a favorite wine and recipe so here's mine, and some other suggestions to help you make a batch that is sure to delight. Start with a wine that you like to drink by itself. After all, if it tastes terrible alone why mess with it to begin with? Pick something fruity and aromatic... this is a lively drink with loads of spunk and flavor.

For basic deck parties I go cheap. If I want to impress I buy something a little tastier. I'll tell you, if you can find it you may come to love the 2010 Estancia Zinfandel that has a subtle blackberry and cinnamon tone that makes an awesome Sangria! I can't find it near me anymore, if you can, great.

Sangria are bold and lively... you don't really want to use a flat wine in these. Some people do, cool, but it detracts from the fun Sangria that millions enjoy. Another good choice is the 2013 CMS Halloween Special Edition Red Blend of Cab, Merlot, Syrah Large Format 5.0 L which you can get here at Amazon. The fruity richness of this blended wine is exceptional for Sangria in my opinion.

To make the best drinks, mix your Sangria the day (or night) before, and let the flavors infuse. Remember, relax, have fun! Sangria aren't some fidgety traditional Spanish concoction that only the brightest bartenders can master... it was designed to party, to drink and have fun. In Spain you'll find them made every which way, and in most homes they use whatever they happen to have available.

Here's what I use (typically, depending on what I have on hand):

1 bottle of red wine (use white if you prefer)

2 cups of orange juice

1 cup of Captain Morgan (any rum works, or brandy if you must)

1/2 cup sugar (more or less for your taste)

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 lemon squeezed

4 peaches sliced

2 oranges peeled and slices separated

1/2 liter of 7 Up (I don't measure, just pour roughly 1/4 of a 2 liter bottle)

1 banana sliced into 1/4 inch slices

Mix the wine, orange juice, rum, pineapple juice, sugar and lemon together to blend the sugar. Then stir in the orange and peach slices, and chill overnight if possible. If you want to impress the next day with a good presentation simply remove the soggy looking orange and peach fruits with a strainer, peel some fresh ones and throw them in. And/or use pineapple pieces, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, whatever fruit you like or have handy. Some people really like the original fruit pieces (even if they look soggy) as they add a nice, alcohol-soaked nibblet.

Before serving stir in the 7 Up; you want the fizz so only add it just before serving. After I mix in the 7 Up I also usually slice a fresh banana (right before serving) and stir it in for added effect, unless I already added tons of fruit.

Some people like it sweeter or with more fruitiness, and so you'll see Triple Sec used a lot. You can pick it up locally and if not, Amazon has a good one by Fee Brothers. Just mix in a 1/4 cup or so of the triple sec with the wine before chilling overnight.

That's it, enjoy your Sangria and party!

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“Me encanta sangri­a”

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The Wine Collectionary
The Wine Collectionary

The Wine Collectionary

Fun Site For Wine Lovers, Collectors And Enthusiasts.

I would feel like I left something out if I didn't mention one of the coolest sites I've found for people like us. The Wine Collectionary is a part of the growing community, Collectionary, which seeks to build a community-driven encyclopedia of everything that people collect.

In our case we're talking about wine, and this site is an amazing resource for us to find and learn more about the different types of wines, and also freely contribute our own insights one our favorites. Collectively we have a lot of knowledge to impart and share with other, and in the process, the payback is that we're learning, too, and possibly meeting some cool new people.

I encourage any of you who love wine and know even a little about it or have even the smallest collection, to check out the site and together we can make it a win-lover's resource that will help us all. Of course it's a free site and there are no costs or strings, just people sharing what they know and are passionate about. The site is hosted using the Content Management System called WordPress, so simply follow the instructions, create an account and start adding what you know.

Everyone else can just enjoy the incredible wine resource that it is.

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Did you enjoy this lens? Do you like red wine or Sangria? Share your thoughts or comments.

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      TapIn2U 

      4 years ago

      It helps me sleep! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      SusanSuggests 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! I love red wine, especially full-bodied red wine...cabernet, zinfandel, and red blends. I recently discovered Cannonau wines from Sardignia, and they are great too!

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      5 years ago

      I don't drink red wine. didn't know there are so many benefits of drinking it. thanks for sharing.

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