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Health Benefits of Red Wine

Old Vine Zinfandel Fermenting

Old Vine Zinfandel FermentingI’m getting an increasing number of requests to write for us here at Uncorked Ventures.  Most get turned down flat, but sometimes it’s an interesting business and an interesting enough article.  This comes from a “competitor”. The folks at Block 78, sell wine in Australia and while that would be an awfully fun export market (hat tip guys….need any California, Oregon or Washington wine for the shop?) it isn’t exactly a place we can ship to tomorrow.  So, below is their founder’s thoughts about the health benefits of red wine.

Surprisingly Unexpected Health Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine

Wine is consumed for pleasure every-day by many people right around the word. With its pleasurable taste and its alluring smell, it’s become a common afternoon or pastime drink that both men and women love and enjoy. However, did you know that while you may be drinking red wine to relax, you’re also receiving some great health benefits as well? Yes, it’s true! For those who aren’t aware, this expert guide will give you an idea of the surprisingly unexpected health benefits of drinking red, wine in moderation, of course. Let’s get started.

Red Wine Health Benefits You May Not Have Known About

 

  • Resveratrol Health Benefits

 

In red wine, there’s a natural chemical that’s found in the red grapes that are used. This chemical is called resveratrol. Over the years, resveratrol has been known to provide many health benefits when consumed in moderation. Some of the health benefits you can expect from the resveratrol in red wine include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Improved cardiovascular function with the protection of the arteries endothelial lining. This helps to keep blood circulating as it normally should be.
  • Helps to lower the risk of cancer with its ability to reduce oxidative stress. This can help with preventing premature aging of the body’s cells.
  • Improved mental functions with its ability for supporting proper function and creation of cells in the brain.
  • Blocks nf kappa b production. Nf kappa b is a noxious inflammatory agent that can harm the body.
  • Improved weight loss by helping to turn white obesity producing fat into good beige fat that is able to burn a lot easier.  

The resveratrol in red wine is very beneficial to your health, but it’s important to only consume it in small amounts at a time.

 

  • Helps To Promote Regular Heart Function

 

Red wine can also help to promote healthy heart function and to reduce the risk of arrhythmias from occurring. Why is this you ask? Red wine contains a lot of potassium which is a mineral that’s well known to help with regulating the heartbeat. When the body is low in potassium, the heart tends to work harder to beat which in turn causes it to skip a beat or to cause the common PVC heartbeat. Along with regulating the heart. Improving low potassium levels by drinking red wine can also help to ward off other symptoms associated with this condition including:

  • Depression (low potassium levels have been linked with sadness and depression)
  • Constipation
  • Breathlessness with the inability for the heart to pump properly.
  • Tingling, numbness, and the onset of paralysis in very severe cases (however you should seek medical help immediately if you begin to feel paralysis of the hands or legs.)
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps

In consuming a small amount of red wine daily, you’ll have the chance to maintain optimal potassium levels within your body.

 

  • Optimal Teeth Health and Protection

 

Red wine contains high amounts of fluoride which is well known to help with protecting teeth. The high amounts of fluoride in red wine can help to fight tooth decay, improve bad breath, and prevent cavities from forming. It can also help to lower the risk of:

  • Toothaches
  • Bitter tastes in the mouth
  • Sensitivity
  • Gum swelling and infection
  • Painful chewing
  • General tooth pain discomfort while eating

Fluoride is a powerful preventive mineral that is able to help you maintain a healthy mouth overall. Who would have thought that red wine was so good for your teeth!

Conclusion

Red wine, while used by many as a common afternoon drink, can provide you with more surprising and unexpected health benefits than you may have imagined. As you can see above, there’s many advantages of drinking red wine, however, always in moderation. So, are you going to have a small glass every afternoon after work?

David Wilson

David is a wine professional with over 20+ years of industry experience.  His love for wine has seen him travel and work in various locations throughout Australia, a four-year stint in the USA and a lot of trips to New Zealand.  He spent eight years with one of Australia’s largest retailers before working for the fourth largest wine producer globally; he is the owner of Block78 an Australia online wine company based in Australia.  If he could be a wine, it would be Shiraz!

 

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Creating a Beautiful Wine Storage Space in Your Home

wine rack

This is our 2nd Guest Post here on Uncorked Ventures.  It’s been said that 98% of wine is consumed within 48 hours of purchase, so not many people are holding wine for long….but that being said, I know a few of our customers do, do so. Thus, the interest in publishing at least a little something about a wine rack, or in general, wine storage. If you’re interested in sending us some information about writing here, please take a moment and read our write for us page, you’ll find the relevant information there.

Creating a Beautiful Wine Storage Space in Your Home

Do you have a small (or large) collection of wine that you’re not sure how to keep well? There are lots of options today for home wine storage. This article will go a bit into the best environmental conditions for keeping wine, and then share some ideas for choosing the right wine storage unit for your home.

Optimal Conditions for Keeping Wine

The ideal temperature for storing wine is 45-54 degrees(A note from Mark Aselstine of Uncorked Ventures: generally I think 45 degrees is too cold.  Established norms in France for first growth Bordeaux run from the ideal of 55 degrees which is about where our warehouse is, to close to 70 degrees. The easiest way to think about the aging of wine in my opinion, is to think of an old French Chateau built about a millennium ago, it does not have central heat and it’s generally pretty darn cold during the winter and also pretty damp in the warmer summer months because it is close to a major waterway….in essence you want your wine storage to keep everything cool, not cold and damp but not wet so the cork doesn’t get ruined which Jeriann has explained well), depending on the type of wine. You usually want a humidity range of 60-70%. This is why basement cellars are so popular, because they are often cool and humid.  Wine fridges can be great for short-term storage, especially for white wines, but if you are aging wines, refrigerator will not likely provide the amount of humidity your wine needs. Also, don’t keep wines in your regular refrigerator for the long term (more than a couple weeks), as corks are porous and scents from other items in your fridge can leak through and change the flavor.

When choosing a space to store your wine, think about what area in your house stays the coolest and is the most consistent in temperature. You can always buy wine cooling units to control the temperature and humidity, but in order to save money and energy; you still want to pick the spot in your house closest to optimum conditions.

Wine Racks

Wine Racks, beautiful storage
Image Courtesy of Wine Cellar Innovations

There are a lot of wine racks out there, so it can be hard to decide what kind you want. There are wall hanging racks, large shelves, and even racks that double as a tasting center like the one above. It’s important to think about the size of your space, as well as how much wine you typically have around. Tasting Centers are great because they offer lots of storage as well as a place to pour. You can even get a glass rack to hang from the top! I also love that you can pull out certain shelves, and that most of the labels are visible at a glance.

Once you decide the general size and shape of the wine rack you want, you have to decide whether you want to buy one or make one. There are some great DIY wine rack ideas. I love this one because it optimizes space and also allows you to show off the full bottles and see the labels immediately. If you decide to go the DIY-route, make sure you use a sturdy wood, at least 3/4th” to 1” thick to make sure it can hold the weight of wine bottles.

Wine Accessories and Decor

creating wine storage in your home
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There’s more to making your wine storage space look great than just your wine rack! Think about how you can really communicate your taste and passion for wine. Maybe you could think about making some wall décor with your used wine corks, like the picture above!

These are just some of the things to consider when building a beautiful wine storage space. Feel free to share your experiences showing off your wine collection in the comments!

Author Bio: Jeriann Watkins is a writer and wine drinker at dairyairhead.com. Jeriann creates lamps and other crafts out of bottles, so is forever looking for efficient and attractive ways to store her leftover wine bottles!

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How to Plan an International Wine Excursion

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Jenna for providing our first guest post here at Uncorked Ventures. If you’re interested in writing for us, please have a look at our guest posting guidelines.

Thanks to the conveniences of the Internet, global supply chains, and interconnected economies, anyone can order a bottle of wine from anywhere in the world and have it in their hands in a matter of days.

However, there’s nothing quite like uncorking a bottle in its native country. More specifically, there’s nothing quite like tasting wine on the very estate from which it was harvested.

Six Tips for Planning Your Trip

If you’ve never considered planning an international wine tasting excursion, now may be the time to give it some serious thought. Don’t worry: we’ve collected some tips and tricks to guide you through the process of planning your trip.

1. Choose a Location Whether you’re a fan of Cabernet Francs from France’s right bank, or your fancy Syrahs from Australia’s Hunter Valley region, there’s a destination waiting for you. The hard part is selecting a particular area and not spreading yourself too thin. The goal of your trip should be to see, taste, and experience as much as possible – leisurely. Planning for too many stops along the way can make you feel rushed and stressed. Hone in on a single area, and never plan on visiting more than three or four wineries in a single day.

2. Read Plenty of Reviews Review websites are your best friends. Spend some time reading both about positive and negative experiences at each winery. This’ll give you an idea of the good and the bad. You’ll also learn some insider tips about what’s worth trying, what you should avoid, and how much certain things cost.

3. Let Restaurants Direct You Many people have trouble figuring out a logical itinerary or schedule of wineries. It’s typically challenging because people don’t have an end goal. One of the best ways to direct your travels naturally is to design daily itineraries around lunch and dinner. Find out where you want to eat, and then stop at locations along the way. Once you have a start and a finish, everything else will fall into place.

4. Hire a Local Driver This should go without saying, but make sure that you hire a driver if you plan on visiting multiple wineries in a day. Not only will a driver keep you safe, but they also allow you to soak in the views and forget about directions. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

5. Consider Making Reservations You won’t need to make a reservation everywhere you go, but don’t assume that every winery allows you simply to walk in and taste. Some of the more popular ones may actually limit the number of people who visit each day by requiring an advanced reservation. Keep a look out for this requirement when reading through reviews.

6. Learn About the Region You’ll get a lot more out of your trip if you spend time learning about the region you’re visiting. Read up on the history, learn some interesting facts, brush up on your vocabulary, and prepare questions. Employees at wineries love talking about what they do. Asking questions about why they grow certain grapes, how weather affects the harvest, and what’s drinking really well will only improve your experience. Start Planning Today While there’s plenty to see on this side of the world, don’t eliminate the possibility of taking an international wine tour. In taking one of these excursions, you can open yourself up to new tastes, cultures, and experiences. Using these six tips, you can make sure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible. And, always remember: the goal is to see, taste, and experience as much as possible in a leisurely fashion (with an emphasis on “leisurely”)!

 

Jenna Cyrprus Head ShotJenna is a freelance writer from Renton, WA who is particularly interested in travel, nature, and parenting. Follow her on Twitter.