Have I mentioned how much I love it? No? Well, let me rectify that immediately.
I love a good full-bodied red wine, preferably low in tannins. I love it so much. So so much.
Here are some reasons you might want to develop a love affair with red wine too.
Red wine is full of polyphenols including proanthocyanidin; a powerful antioxidant. In fact, some red wines have more antioxidants than pomegranate juice, fresh blueberries and even more than in the “super food”, Açaí.
Why do we want antioxidants? Because they are totally awesome, that’s why!
For example, resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant compound, protects your heart and arteries against the nastiness caused by saturated fat in your diet. So drinking one or two glasses of red wine a day can help protect your heart and prevent cardiovascular disease. How awesome is that?
In addition to resveratrol, red wine also contains several other antioxidants, which can slow the signs of aging and prevent a number of degenerative illnesses like type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Studies also show evidence that it may help prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer. So, drinking one or two glasses of red wine each day can help protect you from many of these diseases, all while keeping you looking younger, longer.
It’s like a miracle drug, I tell you!
So…have I convinced you yet? No?
Before you scrunch up your face and say that you’ve tried red wine, and you just don’t like it. And that its lame-ass step sister, white wine, is your favourite, I implore you to give it another shot.
Okay, that was a pretty harsh criticism of white wine. Let me backtrack. I do enjoy white wine (under duress, and when red wine is simply not available); and have even been known to voluntarily order a white wine spritzer on a hot day.
But I find white wine… meh, at best. As in, it’s not great, it’s not horrible. It’s just meh.
Red wine, on the other hand…well, as I’ve pointed out – pretty much cures whatever ails you. 😉
If you’re confused by all the choices, and have been disappointed in the previous red wine selections you’ve made, I suggest using the experts at your local wine store, go to tastings, ask friends for recommendations. Find out what your palate responds to through trial and error. That’s the fun part!
And while it’s easy to find a good expensive bottle of red wine, the real magic is in sourcing good inexpensive one. Anyone can drop $50 and bring home something tasty, smooth, aromatic… But, when you can find a great wine for less than $20, or better still, less than $15 — HO HO!! Now, that, my friends, is impressive!
If you want to hedge your bets, then just focus on wines that have been rated. Anything in the high 80’s should be a good wine. Anything over 90 points should taste like the nectar of the gods. Finding a wine that scored over 90 points for less than $20 is my favourite game. I will caveat this by saying that at home in Toronto, where the government controls the sale of all our alcohol, this is a difficult game to play well.
Alcohol here is taxed at ..oh..about a million percent – so if you were to comparison shop a bottle from pretty much anywhere in the U.S. with the same bottle here in Canada, you would see a crazy price differential. But we have free healthcare. 😉
With the stage set, you can now perhaps appreciate why, during my most recent visit to my vacation home in Vegas, I took advantage of the fact that we were driving, not flying, and brought back a couple of cases of the good stuff. 🙂
I decided to up the ante, though, and changed the game to: “Find a >90 point wine for less than $10”.
What’s that? Did I hear, “It can’t be done, Nancy!”?
Oh thee of little faith.
And, even with the duty and taxes my lovely government required me to pay upon re-entry into my homeland, my average cost per bottle ended up being $13. For wines that scored > 90 points! My wine fridge here at home in Toronto is now replenished – and my wallet is happy.
All is right in the world.
Be good to yourself; drink red wine!