Wine Is Life! 8 Delicious Reasons To Counter A Report That Downplays The Health Benefits Of Vino! Hall & Oates Sing “IntraVino!”

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Wine Reduces Your Lifespan? Take It Back!

My wife Alex forwarded me a study that says that one extra glass of wine every day will cut your lifespan by 30 minutes – for each one!

Well, I decided NOT to grab my calculator and figure this one out, because I totally disagree – wine is healthy!

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

How can you argue with that, since wine is a vital part of a healthy life!

Toast, It’s Good For You!

We all know that a glass of red wine every day tastes great, but science has shown that it’s a great way to maintain a healthy heart. Did you know the other benefits of a glass of wine? How about boosting your memory and immune system. Not only that, but wine in moderation might also help with weight loss. I mean, this stuff is gold!

big-wine-glass-national-wine-day-glass

Toast To Good Health And Eternal Life!

We all know how good wine taste, but thanks to Food and Wine magazine, here are the eight great reasons you need to be drinking an f’in Merlot right now – let’s cut down these great health benefits!

Benefit #1: Promotes Longevity

The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

Benefit #2: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

Benefit #3: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

Benefit #4: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

Benefit #5: Lowers Risk of Stroke

The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

Benefit #6: Cuts Risk of Cataracts

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

Benefit #7: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

Benefit #8: Slows Brain Decline

The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

I mean, these are just the tip of the “wine is healthy” iceberg! My wife and I got the chance to explore the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine region of France:

Touring France and Provence

We had incredible wines all over the region – here is a look at that tasty trip:

https://johnrieber.com/2012/09/03/wine-roman-ruins-and-gigondas-too-whiskey-babys-and-a-few-papes-touring-provence-thanks-to-patricia-wells/

Finally, I leave you with Daryl Hall and John Oates and their raucous musical tribute to wine:

hall and oates intravino

Daryl Hall & John Oates – Intravino!

Wine is so good for you that Hall & Oates once wrote a song about it!

“Gimme wine, wine, I need IntraVino
Wine, wine, I need it every day-o
Wine, wine, Mis en bouteilles au Chateau
All the time, I need wine all the time.
Six o’clock gotta have Beaujolais
Eight o’clock I open up Pouilly-Fuiss?
Love the ruby color. Grand cru classe
Never love another once I’ve savored that bouquet
Oh yeah need IntraVino!”

Here they are performing it live:

funny wine sayings

Wine is also funny. If you don’t believe me, ask Monty Python, who offered up this wine review:

“It’s a fine regurgitator!”

Monty-Python-Australian-wine

See some of the Python’s best wine reviews here:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/03/12/hilarious-wine-descriptions-monty-python-wine-reviews-wine-wine/

So there you go – I say “what’s 30 minutes if it means I can’t have one last glass of Burgundy?” Drink up!



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8 replies

  1. I love wine very much–it’s that moderation bit that is hard for me. Once a bottle is opened, how does one stop after one glass? I can’t waste a third of it by re-corking it, so I rarely drink wine in moderation…fun post today. 🙂

  2. I’m with you on this one. It was only a month or two ago, another study came out – led by a neurologist from UC Irvine – suggesting the opposite, that moderate consumption of alcohol extends longevity, along with coffee (yay!) basic exercise, having a social network, and being slightly overweight as opposed to underweight! (Yes, really!) What’s a person to do? I guess what they’re fighting over is the definition of ‘moderate.’

  3. We had the same report here last night, John. I reckon if it’s true, I should have less than a day to live!
    I celebrated that news (much to the disgust of my wife) with a bottle of South African Shiraz. That took two hours to drink, and two hours off my life. Nice balance, I thought. 🙂
    I personally cannot see the point of living to 89 instead of 79, if those last 10 years are just as miserable as those preceding them.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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