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Cheers to Good Health!

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Did you know consuming wine in moderation can be beneficial for your health? According to a Consumer Reports article, Harvard University did a study to show that people who are drinking any type of alcohol moderately will have a 30-35 % less chance of having a heart attack. Medical News Today provides a list of benefits from drinking wine, especially the red kinds:

 

  • reducing risk of depression
  • preventing colon cancer
  • preventing dementia
  • preventing liver disease
  • protecting from severe sunburn

WebMD also provides a list of benefits from wine including lower cholesterol, boost to the brainpower, and heart health. 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommended 1 drink for women and 2 for men.  One drink means 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, and 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits, such as vodka.

With moderation, wine can be used to unwind and relax after a long day at work. Here are some library resources to look into about the taste of wine.

DVD:

Wine, Women & Friends

Two American vineyard owners go in search of the perfect wine in this six part documentary on winemaking in France. Follow along as they meet local winemakers and pick scerets along the way.

Books:

The Longevity Factor: How resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life by Joseph C. Maroon

A groundbreaking examination of new scientific research that holds the secret to weight loss, increased strength, endurance, memory, and a healthier, longer life. Noted neuroscientist and surgeon Joseph Maroon, M.D., offers the definitive look at recent scientific breakthroughs identifying a group of natural substances -- including the much-publicized molecule resveratrol -- that can actually activate a specific set of genes in humans that promote a longer, healthier life.

The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond by Oz Clarke

Winemaking is as old as civilization itself, and this illuminating volume takes a unique approach to that history: by exploring 100 bottles that have had the biggest impact on the evolution of wine. Moving from the first cork tops to screw caps, renowned wine writer Oz Clarke presents such landmarks as the introduction of the cylindrical wine bottle in the 1780s; the first estate to bottle and label its own wine (formerly sold in casks to merchants only); the most expensive bottle sold at auction and the oldest unopened bottle; the change in classifications; and the creation of numerous famous vintages.

Tasting Wine & Cheese : An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing by Adam Centamore

Cheesemaster Adam Centamore teaches you how you to taste cheese and wine (separately) to create the perfect pairing of flavors for your table. Your appreciation for the finest of both wine and cheese will impress the guests at your next dinner party!

Buy the Right Wine Every Time : The No-Fuss, No-Vintage Wine Guide by Tom Stevenson

Are you someone who drinks wine, but doesn't think wine? Who hates pretentious “winespeak”—but would like help finding new wines to try? Then, this guide is for you! In short, it provides expert information for nonexperts who want to get the most satisfaction for their money. Celebrated wine critic Tom Stevenson lifts the lid on branded wines, revealing which of the most widely available varieties are consistently the best-whatever the vintage or price. He groups wines by cost, rates them by style (so you can see which ones are similar to your favorites), and provides an A-Z of recommended, highly recommended, and to-die-for choices.

Wine Trails: Plan 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country by Mark Andrew

Complete with maps and color photographs, this book guides you through 52 wine regions all over the world. Wine experts guide tourists off the beaten path to the best wineries and restaurants in each region, providing helpful tips and background information along the way.

Wine Bites Simple Morsels that Pair Perfectly with Wine by Barbara Scott-Goodman

Wine Bites is an inspiring cookbook for those who entertain casually and frequently. More than 60 recipes for simple, tasty snacks include suggestions for an accessible wine to pair with each, while vivid color photographs demonstrate how easy these delectable dishes are to prepare. Step-by-step instructions for putting together a first-class cheese plate, creating a generous antipasti platter, or transforming pantry staples into hors d'oeuvres make this an indispensable resource for great party-givings.

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book by Hugh Johnson

The essential reference book for everyone who buys wine - in shops, restaurants, or on the internet. Now in its 38th year of publication, it has no rival as the comprehensive up-to-the minute annual guide.

Magazines:

Food and Wine

Food & Wine goes way beyond mere eating and drinking. The magazine is on a mission to find the most exciting places, new experiences, emerging trends and sensations.

Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast Magazine brings you acclaimed wine ratings and reviews, unique recipes ideas, pairing information, news coverage and helpful guides.

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