Lovin' the Red Wine!

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    Mar 13, 2009 10:29 AM GMT
    Woo Hoo! Just finished two and a 1/2 glasses of my favorite red wine...

    I haven't been to the gym in two days. Giving my muscles some much needed rest. And, considering I have been fighting a cold and allergies- I'm glad I took the time to rest.

    Nothing like a couple of glasses of wine to unwind, ya know?

    What do you all think about taking a moment to smell the roses and let loose with a bottle of your favorite Merlot?


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    Mar 13, 2009 11:12 AM GMT
    well do watch the wine drinking when you are sick it is alcohol and has a dehydration effect.
    I did an event at a venue and they gave me 6 bottles of merlot and 3 chardennay. I love wine and with the weather getting nice comming home and sitting out side to watch the sun set with a glass is great. Glad you are enjoying it.
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    Mar 13, 2009 12:16 PM GMT
    There was a study reported in the NYTimes a few months ago in which lab mice were given the equivalent of 70 mouse-size glasses of red wine a day. The wine-drinking mice lived 30% longer than the non-drinkers.
    Of course the mice didn't have to get up and go to work in the morning, unlike human drinkers. So consuming the same amount isn't advisable for humans. But the antioxidants, resorcinols, and so on in the wine did increase longevity.
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    I have heard wine is an aquired taste.

    With all the health benefits... I want to start drinking red wine.

    Which kind should I start out with or try first? Is there like a beginners red wine besides buying a $300 bottle?

    I go to the grocery store... peer down the wine section and see hundreds and hundreds of wine bottles.

    Where the fuck do I start? lol Any recommendations?
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 saidI have heard wine is an aquired taste.

    With all the health benefits... I want to start drinking red wine.

    Which kind should I start out with or try first? Is there like a beginners red wine besides buying a $300 bottle?

    I go to the grocery store... peer down the wine section and see hundreds and hundreds of wine bottles.

    Where the fuck do I start? lol Any recommendations?


    mmm.. Try a chilean red... why? (1) chilean wine tends to be sweeter when it´s cheaper (contrast spanish wine which tends to be vinegar when not good). (2) There are some bottles out there for $5 which are drinkable (not amazing, but if you hate it you can throw it down the sink without feeling too bad) (3) there are good usa wines, but not for that price.

    Try a Concha y Torro Frontera for $5 or if you want to spend $10 then a Castillo del Diablo. As to grape, first time round it hardly matters.... Merlot is fairly soft and easy to drink, and if you see a Carmenère then go for that. But anything is fine.

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    Mar 13, 2009 1:34 PM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 said Where the fuck do I start? lol Any recommendations?


    There are also lots of cheap but drinkable Aussie Shirazes to try. And red wine always goes best with food, especially red meats. Enjoy.

    Just don't drink 70 glasses a day because you may not get the same results as the mice!
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:40 PM GMT
    The French Paradox might be explained by red wine (not white wine). The French eat a high saturated fat diet. Yet they have less heart disease than their European neighbors who eat a healthier diet. This Paradox might be explained by resveratrol a potent antioxidant. Resveratrol has potential to slow aging and prolong life. The study mentioned by Tesdef07 is about resveratrol. The researchers had to use this huge amount of wine to obtain the necessary amount of resveratrol to be therapeutic. As you know, males that drink alcohol in moderation live longer than non alcohol drinkers. Preliminary studies suggest that resveratrol may extend exercise tolerance, and may help reduce memory loss. There is some evidence to support the claim that it may increase the ability to fight retroviruses like HIV and herpes simplex. Peanuts are also a good source. Besides it's health benefits, red wine tastes great and it will help your relax.
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:46 PM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    cjcscuba1984 said Where the fuck do I start? lol Any recommendations?


    There are also lots of cheap but drinkable Aussie Shirazes to try. And red wine always goes best with food, especially red meats. Enjoy.

    Just don't drink 70 glasses a day because you may not get the same results as the mice!


    If you drink 70 glasses of red wine a day you will be dead from cirrhosis of the liver in no time. I wonder what happened to the mice
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    Mar 13, 2009 5:47 PM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 saidI have heard wine is an aquired taste.

    With all the health benefits... I want to start drinking red wine.

    Which kind should I start out with or try first? Is there like a beginners red wine besides buying a $300 bottle?

    I go to the grocery store... peer down the wine section and see hundreds and hundreds of wine bottles.

    Where the fuck do I start? lol Any recommendations?


    Probably the biggest thing that makes red wine an acquired taste is the tannin content. Tannin is the substance in the wine that leaves a drying, astringent (almost sand papery feel) in your mouth (in bad red wine it can also be bitter).

    So for a starter wine I would look to wines that are fruity and low in tannins... , California Pinot Noir, French Beaujolais and Australian Shiraz are all pretty good examples and with the latter two you can usually find pretty good wines at the $10 level.

    Foods high in protein and fat also help soften tannins, that's why red wine and red meat are such a classic pairing.
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    Mar 14, 2009 5:23 AM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 saidI have heard wine is an aquired taste.

    With all the health benefits... I want to start drinking red wine.

    Which kind should I start out with or try first? Is there like a beginners red wine besides buying a $300 bottle?

    I go to the grocery store... peer down the wine section and see hundreds and hundreds of wine bottles.

    Where the fuck do I start? lol Any recommendations?


    Australian Cab Sav or Shiraz

    Penfolds is a personal favourite, they have a wide range of price points. Enjoy.
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    Mar 14, 2009 8:55 PM GMT
    I would say to try Malbec which is a great wine from Argentina