Blueberries, pomegranates, black cherries and grapes aren’t the only wine varieties. Sometimes a vegetable will work too. Rhubarb might not be the first thing you’d think of for wine, but this sweet plant is perfect for it. And Here We are has a delicious-sounding, easy-to-follow recipe right here: Rhubarb Wine
I know several people who won’t drink wine “because of the sulfites.” One friend says the sulfites trigger her asthma. Another friend is convinced that’s what gives her a headache after a night of drinking.
Maybe it’s because many wine labels say “Contains Sulfites” like a warning, but many people have the mistaken idea that sulfites are bad for you, says Will Lyons of the Wall Street Journal. Lyons writes that some of the safest foods — and ones that won’t get you drunk, like apricots — have even higher levels of sulfites than wines.
Sulfites in wine are sulfur compounds added as preservatives. They help keep wine from oxidizing and turning into vinegar.
Those bad reactions some people may have after drinking wine, such as runny noses or headaches, are probably due to other factors. However, a tiny population of people can have allergic reactions to sulfites, especially asthmatics. So, my friend is probably not off base for passing on the wine.
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I’m partial to reds, however, I’m not in love with the purple stains my favorite wines leave behind on my teeth. It’s the reason I choose white wine at any public event. I learned this lesson the hard way several years ago at a networking conference.
When I first got to the conference, I chose a cabernet sauvignon and walked around, energetically introducing myself. I felt awesome with all that bubbly energy, meeting new people, collecting business cards — until I used the ladies room and got a good look at my teeth. I tried rinsing my mouth and chewing gum, but neither of these tactics were good in a pinch. These Wine Wipes would have really come in handy that day.
A recent Yahoo News article reports that they work pretty well, so there is hope for all of us red wine lovers.
I also learned about a few “folk remedies.” Swishing some seltzer, eating hard, waxy cheeses, and even munching on crunchy fruits and vegetables are believed to help remove wine stains. Sounds a bit dubious to me. There’s also the added effect of cheese breath and celery stuck between your teeth. At least the red wine is fun.
Remember all that moderate wine drinking you’re supposed to do? Those one or two glasses a day you’re supposed to drink to prevent disease? Yeah, well, a new study suggests that resveratrol, the compound found in #red wine with all the purported health benefits, is just a lot of hype.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, concluded there’s little evidence that resveratrol has beneficial effects on a number of health issues. They found no association between #resveratrol, and less cardiovascular disease, inflammation, cancer and increases in longevity.
The study authors do say that other substances found in red wine and other foods, such as dark chocolate and berries, may still have small, positive health effects, so there’s reason to keep drinking.
And, there are these reasons too: A nice glass of wine can bring a smile to your face, lets you unwind after a long day, and, of course, adds to a good laugh with good friends. All secrets to a happy life, if you ask me.
Check out this article from Johns Hopkins for more information about the study.