Red Wine Resolutions

With the first week of 2021 coming to a close, we're all launching head first into our New Year resolutions - and after the craziness that was 2020, a lot of us are choosing to focus on our health. But can you still enjoy a glass or two of wine while maintaining a healthy lifestyle? And if so, which wine is best?

The potential health benefits of drinking a moderate amount of red wine have long been discussed. It has been said that one glass per day may assist with heart health, reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and even improving mental health.

Unfortunately, other than the generalisation of red wine being "better for you" than white, there's not a lot of information out there as to exactly which wines provide the most potential health benefits.

However, a2020 study conducted by CQ University and published in the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Researchhas indicated that young red wines may provide more potential health benefits than aged wines. The reason being that the potential health benefits associated with red wine are provided by a compound calledtrans-resveratrol, which has been found to have "cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects". The study found that as the wines aged, the levels oftrans-resveratrol declined significantly.

So if your New Years resolution is to keep a healthier lifestyle but you still want to be able to enjoy a glass of wine, you may want to consider a younger red. Our Sandpiper range of reds includes a2018 Shiraz,2018 Cabernet Sauvignonand a2018 Merlot- all of which are bright, fruit-driven, and designed to be enjoyed while young.

Of course, you also have to keep in mind that the potential health benefits of a young red wine can be outweighed by damaging effects if too much is consumed. As with all things, moderation is key.

This article is general in nature and is not intended to be taken as health advice. For advice specific to you, please consult a doctor. Drink responsibly.