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Chelsie Pickard
 
October 15, 2019 | Chelsie Pickard

Uncorking The Health Benefits of Red & White Wine

 
Booze probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when thinking about health. But when it comes to wine, our ancestors have used it to alleviate ailments and prevent disease for centuries. 

Harvard University researchers even found a jar in the tomb of King Scorpion I that was filled with wine and herbal residue such as mint, sage, thyme, and frankincense. 
Ancient Egyptian herbal wine jar

Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that Egyptian herbal wines were used as a sacred medicine to treat everything from digestive issues to STDs!

In modern times, most people commonly associate red wine with heart health. But the benefits don’t stop there. Don’t be discouraged,  white wine drinkers. There are reasons to pour yourself a cool glass of white vino, too!
Zia Chardonnay is a great health-conscious dry white wine
 
White Wine Improves Lung Health
According to the University of Buffalo, those who consume white wine typically have better lung function compared to people who don’t. 

This is due to nutrients in wine that can help to keep lung tissues in good working shape. Red wine can also be beneficial to the lungs, but white wine has been proven to be the winner out of the two when it comes to lung health. 

Research suggests that this is due to antioxidants in white wine that halt the development of “free radicals” that damage lung tissue. 
 
White Wine May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease 
If you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease prevention, white wine is a great go-to beverage. It’s been proven to improve memory function and delay or prevent cognitive issues and dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease, which currently affects around 44 million people worldwide. 

This is thanks to polyphenols in white wine, which are micronutrients usually found in most plant-based foods. 
Cheers to Improved Memory
 
White Wine Prevents Metabolic Syndrome
Alzheimer’s prevention isn’t the only thing that polyphenols in wine can help with. 

Polyphenols have been proven to be one of the most effective micronutrients for preventing metabolic syndrome, according to ScienceDirect. 

Metabolic syndrome is a group of different risk factors that can lead to the development of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. 

Some dry wines of any shade can even help your body stay in ketosis, a process where body fat becomes a powerhouse for energy. (We wrote a previous article about it -- click here to read more on Ketosis!)
2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
$48.00
2017 Vidal Blanc
2017 Vidal Blanc
$27.00
Two Keto Friendly Wines
 
Red Wine Can Help Fight Diabetes
Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that red wine, along with tea, can slow down the passage of glucose through the small intestine, where it eventually ends up in the bloodstream. 

This helps to curb the huge spike in blood sugar levels that patients with Type 2 Diabetes commonly experience. 
Red wine is the clear champion over white, slowing down glucose at a rate of almost 100 percent, while white wine only achieved absorption of glucose by about 20 percent. 

This reduction of glucose levels can even help you lose weight, especially if you choose a lower-calorie red wine! (Click here to read more)
 
Red Wine Improves Fertility
While we definitely don’t condone drinking during pregnancy, some studies have shown that red wine can improve a woman’s chances of conceiving. 

According to a study published in
Fertility and Sterility, large amounts of resveratrol in red wine can preserve cells and cause an increase in the number of eggs in a woman’s ovarian reserve. 

That being said, the CDC recommends that women who are actively trying to conceive should stop drinking to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. 
 
 
Red Wine May Prevent Cavities
If you’re concerned about dental health, drink up. 

A study found in the
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that red wine (even non-alcoholic red wine!) kills bad bacteria in the mouth, leading to the prevention of dental plaque, cavities, and even gum disease.

Maybe red wine teeth stains are worth it, after all.


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Chelsie Pickard
 
July 29, 2019 | Chelsie Pickard

Wine Terms 101, Learning the Tasting Room Lingo

At Noisy Water Winery, we make wine, grow our grapes, and take our craft seriously. In fact, our mission statement says exactly that!

It also states that we believe people should drink wine for fun! Not for prestige or approval from others. 

That being said, there are some commonly used wine terms that can make discussing wine seem a bit intimidating to some. Letting fancy language scare you away from wine could lead to a huge disaster -- like missing out on some of the best wines you’ve ever had in your life.
 


That’s why we put together this list to help you decode 10 basic wine terms (and ease your wine anxiety at your next tasting). 


Acidity

Acidity generally refers to the tart, sour, crisp, or fresh tasting characteristics of wine. Have you ever drank a refreshing glass of lemonade that made your mouth pucker or salivate? The same concept applies to wine. A wine with a high acid level will have a lower pH than a wine with a low acid level. 
As wine ages, acidity can also help with preservation since low pH wines ward off the growth of bacteria. This term is usually used to describe white wines (Tighty Whitey), although some red wines can also contain higher acidity (like our 2017 Sangiovese).
 
Aroma

Aroma refers to the smell of the wine in your glass, also called a wine’s “nose.” To examine the aroma of your wine, swirl your glass for several seconds to lift the wine’s scent upward. Then, stick your nose in the glass and give it a good whiff! The aroma of wine can be tropical, fruity, spicy, earthy, buttery, floral, herbal, and more.
 
Body

When talking about a wine’s body, one is referring to how heavy or light a wine feels inside the mouth. Wine can have a light, medium, or full body. A good comparison is to think of the weight of skim milk (light-bodied), whole milk (medium-bodied), and cream (full-bodied) inside of your mouth. Wines with higher alcohol content generally have a fuller body. 
 
 
Complexity

Wines with complexity have many different layers of characteristics to be discovered with each sip. Have you ever tasted wine and discovered several flavors in the glass? Was it fruity, yet spicy, while also earthy? This means that the wine has high complexity.  
 
Fermentation

Fermentation is a process that occurs in winemaking where yeast converts the sugars present in grape juice into alcohol. Fermentation can take place in stainless steel tanks, wine barrels, or inside of the wine bottle itself once bottling is complete.
 
 
Fortified

When a wine is fortified, a distilled fruit spirit is added into the wine that gives it a higher alcohol content and a distinct taste. Wine was originally fortified to help with preservation since alcohol wards off bacteria. In fact, Sherry, a type of fortified wine, may have been created as early as 1260 AD. Fortified wines are still enjoyed centuries later due to their unique taste. 
2016 Alliance is made with sweet white grapes that have been fermented with brandy
 
Legs

Legs or “tears” are the droplets or streaks that form on the inside of your wine glass as you swirl it around. Legs relate to the alcohol in wine, which has a smaller surface tension than the rest of the liquid inside your glass, causing it to run down the sides. Wine with a higher alcohol content will have slower, thicker tears or legs. Try our Big Legs Red to see this phenomenon in action!
See the Legs in Action
 
Port or Port-like

Port wines are sweet wines (usually red) from Portugal that have been fortified with brandy. Port-like wines refer to wines fortified with the same method that aren’t from the Portugal region. Port and port-like wines usually have hints of dark fruits, caramel, cinnamon, or chocolate. 
 
Sweet Temptation is a  "Port-Like" fortified wine where we have taken Ruby Cabernet grapes and infused with brandy for a dark and fruity traditional port-like wine. 
 
Tannin

Tannins are bitter compounds commonly found in nature. Tannin, also known as tannic acid, is present in tea, oak, plants, coffee, dark chocolate, cranberries, leaves, fruit skins, and more. Tannins are also found in wine thanks to grape skins, seeds, stems, and aging barrels, making the wine taste “dry” or astringent. 
 
 
Varietal

When talking about a wine varietal, one is usually referring to wine produced from a specific grape variety. For example, a Pinot Noir varietal wine is made primarily with Pinot Noir grapes, a world-famous grape that originated from France. 
 
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