Red Wine

“Alcoholic drinks are bad for your health”. This is what the doctor said, until at least a few years back. With advances in medical science and extensive research, now they are saying that maybe not all alcoholic drinks, but Red wines are definitely not bad for your health. In fact, drinking red wine once or twice a week may actually be good for your health. This might not be the case with white wines.

To start with, red wines will surely be red and not blue in color. But amazingly, they could also be mothered by grape varietals that have a bluish tint. Actually, the red wine’s remarkable color can be derived from a multitude of grape varietals that range from grapes that are light red, ruby red, dark red, opaque purple, maroon, etc – all boiling down to the good old red wine. Also, red wines are color classified in terms of grape hues and can be depicted similarly as light red, ruby red, light red, garnet, opaque purple and, believe it or not, almost black.

What really happens with the red wines is that they imbibe the color from the grape-skins that have been used in the making. Moreover, it also depends on the time frame when the skins are left in contact with the juice during the fermentation process when both pigmentation and tannins are dispersed.

Not unlike other wines, red wines are usually classified by their body-types. For example, a Light-bodied red wine will have lesser tannins as against a Medium-bodied red wine that have more of it. On the other hand, Full-bodied red wines will have the highest tannin and some alcohol too in the bargain. For example, the French Beaujolais Nouveau Red Wine can be termedas a Light-bodied wine while a Medium-bodied red wine will sure match Chianti, Merlot or Shiraz. As for full-bodied red wines, one may easily meet the characteristics with French Bordeaux wines, California’s Key Cabs and Italian Super Tuscans.

As red wine varietals are significant in this context, some of them that are pertinent and need to be mentioned here include Cabernet, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chianti, Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Syrah and Cotes du Rhone.

But there are many other red wine flavors that are much less celebrated. Some of these more common red wine flavors include the Raisin, Plum, Gooseberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Boysenberry, Cherry, Currant, Plum, Fig, Clove, Cinnamon, Coffee, Cocoa, Licorice and Mocha.

According to medical study results found in the Journal of Atherosclerosis, Polyphenols found in red wines lower both heart attack and stroke risks while several top level MDs opined that red wine has the potential health benefits if taken in moderate extent. Would you still say that alcoholic drinks are bad for your health? May be not all, but red wine certainly is not that. It seems that the Greeks and the Romans were right. Wine incidentally has also been used extensively in celebrations that are religious.

Red wine gives 80 calories of energy, and this certainly is useful.