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By Julia Crowley
It’s been duly noted and well documented worldwide that red wine contains numerous health benefits when consumed in moderation. Some of these benefits include lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease, increasing the longevity of life, reducing the risk of cancer, protecting against Alzheimer’s Disease, and lowering bad cholesterol while raising good. Indeed, years of studies have generously provided us with proof that an occasional glass of wine is good for our health, and with continuing research, the benefits are on the rise.
Without going into great medical detail, the health benefits of red wine have been linked to Polyphenols (found in tannins), Antioxidants (found in grapes) and Resveratrol (found in vines), to name a few. Polyphenols can help prevent some cancers and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, antioxidants help fight infection and disease, and resveratrol is a natural antibiotic produced in grapevines.
the luscious, full-bodied Cakebread Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon offers enticing aromas of of dark berries and cherries, with a hint of licorice and fresh tobacco. On the palate, ripe blackberry and cherry aromas come to life and are well rounded by lush, juicy tannins. A beautiful and lengthy finish brings on a hint of earth and vanilla, and although this wine is quite complex and bold, it is very approachable and easy to drink.
Well-known for their old vine Zinfandel, Van Ruiten Family Vineyards, located in Lodi, California, also produces a lovely Petite Sirah. Although the name of this varietal could easily lead consumers to believe the nature of this wine to be petite, the flavor profile is anything but petite. The 2009 Van Ruiten Petite Sirah displays big, bold, mouthwatering tannins. Red fruit aromas flow through on to the palate, with additional hints of chocolate, but the finish is filled with peppery spice. A great value wine for all this Petite Sirah offers.
Recognize these and other fine red wines with enjoyment, not only for their vivacious flavors, but for their health benefits, as well.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Van Ruiten Petite Sirah
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