Cheers!..L’Chaim!…Wine Anyone?

Is wine good for you?
There is growing scientific evidence that regular moderate consumption of wine is good for you.

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Red wine in particular is said to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The cholesterol that blocks arteries is low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LPD). This is cleared from the blood by high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HPD). Both are carried in the blood. Moderate alcohol consumption produces a better balance of the two.

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In addition, alcohol has an anticoagulant effect which makes blood less likely to clot. There is also evidence that wine can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or having a stroke.

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Frequently Asked Questions-Drinking Wine
How many calories does a glass of wine have?
A glass of dry red or white wine has approximately 110 calories. Sweeter wine with residual sugar as well as alcohol has more calories. The higher the alcohol content, the higher the number of calories.

And as if that’s not enough……
now this:

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June 22, 2007 — Even with the alcohol removed, red wine and white wine may fight bacteria that cause cavities, an Italian study shows.

Wine May Curb Cavities

The earliest written account is directly from the Old Testament of the Bible telling us that : Noah planted a vineyard and made wine.

Who drinks it?
Well, we Americans consume about 10 percent the amount of wine of our Italian friends overseas.
We lag behind France and Spain as well.
Surprised?

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Recall that during our “Prohibition” Era, no wine, beer or spirits flowed..but in Europe, grape growers were planting away and raising their glasses in toasts.

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There have always been a myriad of ways to enjoy wine.

The Greeks mixed their wine with water, not to mention their “elaborate rituals”. (The early people of southern France drank their wine “straight”.)The Greeks also added herbs and spices to mask spoilage.
The Romans classifyied grape varieties and colors, observing and charting ripening characteristics, and even identifed diseases while recognizing soil-type preferences.

They developed wooden cooperage, which was a huge advance for wine storage which was previously done in skins or jars. Some say they were the first to use glass bottles, as glassblowing became more common during this era.

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Historically, imported wine was considered high quality because it was less perishable than the native grain, or honey-based drinks.

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So, sweet friends ..are ya more of a beer drinker, bourbon and Scotch country clubber, champagne sipper, classy cocktail drinker,or do ya abstain altogether and stick to smoothies and juices?

Anyone care to Pop your cork?
I prefer sweeeeeeeeeet, red wine since your’e already pouring.

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24 Responses to “Cheers!..L’Chaim!…Wine Anyone?”

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  2. LomaAlta says:

    I will pass on the wine, thanks. But will be glad to drink all the coffee and eat up all the sweets. And, beware, I will find the hidden ones too.

  3. Old Soldier says:

    I, too, prefer a sweet red wine like Manischewitz or Mogan David Concord Grape. While in Italy I also developed a taste for a true Italian Lambrusco and the closest I can come to that taste is Reunite Lambrusco. One glass at bedtime is all… I find it settling as well as tasty.

  4. michael says:

    I’ll take rum, thank you very much. Preferably something West Indian.

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  6. Defiant_Infidel says:

    A dear friend of mine, who survived removal of a grapefruit sized colon cancer and 19 months of chemo, has sinced lived 17 years and still going strong. He swears by a single glass of red wine each evening. He specifically references the same calming effect to his system that Old Soldier mentions above. He says he went years with very difficult control until he started the practice.

    Now if I could just get him to leave the Democratic party…

  7. Gayle says:

    I also prefer a sweet red wine, and drink a glass or two every night before going to bed. I’ve done so long before all this came out about red wine being healthy for you in moderation. I was so pleased to find out I was able to drink something that the nutcases couldn’t find anything wrong with. You know… first they say eggs are bad, now they say they are good. Juice is full of calories and can rot your teeth, and so on. Even breathing can be dangerous. :)

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  9. Layla says:

    I love wine. Wine is one of the few healthy alcoholic beverages and the Good Lord knew this and that is why wine was always included in Jewish festivals and weddings. In fact, we had wine over the weekend to celebrate both my son and husbands birthday!

    L’Chaim!

  10. Jonathan says:

    Beer, wine, White Russian…what’s the diff? :-D

  11. nanc says:

    dry red wine – room temperature – please pass the bottle!

  12. nanc says:

    p.s. – and slap some pasta on a plate too – i need the energy!

  13. Panhandle Poet says:

    Scotch and water for me please.

  14. Joe Gringo says:

    nice info…….a few glasses of red with a steak is great….my taste leads more towards that of a fine beer and a fine tequila……it’s all good!

  15. Bar Kochba says:

    ‘So drink, so drink l’chaim- l’chaim, l’chaim, to life! To life!’
    - Tuvia the milkman knew what he was talking about.

    P.S. You’ve been tagged

  16. brooke says:

    If only wine weren’t bad for the hips and thighs! ;(

  17. Debbie says:

    Now I want a glass of wine, and not a bottle in the house. Better correct that fast! I was secretary to a Wine and Food Society in Memphis years ago, yum yum. The very best wines available. It was a “men only” club, but my boss invited me twice a year when we “females” were invited.

  18. Always On Watch says:

    I prefer sweet fruity wines when I drink wine. They’re usually inexpensive, which suits me. As for hard liquor, I like good bourbon (Mint juleps! I’m from the South and grow my own mint. Whiskey sours) and good brandy.

    Unfortunately, the doc recently took me off all alcohol and all caffeine so as to balance out my cortisol levels, which have been ratcheted up because of the car accident I had in 2005.

    Now you know what I’m not making blog rounds. I’m sleeping because I’m not getting any caffeine. :(

  19. Angel says:

    THANKS ALLS FOR THE YUMMY INPUT heh ;)

  20. TJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog says:

    In Italy we could buy a seasonal table Lambrusco called “Piange de Judah” or Tears of Judah — ah, I wish we had some here.

  21. sayitlikeitis says:

    HAS ANYONE NOTICED THE PRICES OF AGED WINE?
    It has to be good for you, the cost is more than an annual visit to the MD.

  22. vega art guy says:

    I like a good cab when I drink wine. Otherwise I have two words for ya!

    Beer me…

  23. Dapoppins says:

    I love the look and smell of a glass of red wine. But it always give me heart burn. (((sigh)))

  24. Maggie's Notebook says:

    I love good, dry whites and reds and adore methode champenoise sparkling wines. Unfortunately, I do not buy “French” anymore so miss some of my favorite sparklers, but Napa, Sonoma and Washington State produce fine wines.

    My favorite for “above” jug wine level, but yet not too expensive, is Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. My favorite inexpensive brand for everyday is R. H. Phillips Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet.

    For spirits – a gin and tonic with Bombay Sapphire is fabulous.

    Such a nice subject. Thanks Angel,
    Maggie
    Maggie’s Notebook