Today, there have been some health benefits found from drinking limited quantities of red wine each day. The health benefits are from the tannins in the red wines, which are usually higher in the full bodied, drier wines rather than the sweeter, lighter red wines. Even though there are some health benefits, there are also cautions about utilizing red wine on a regular basis. The first is that the health benefits only pertain to a woman having one, four ounce glass of red wine per day and for a man, it is two glasses. More than that negates the health benefits and increases the risk of alcoholism. In addition, researchers say that the same health benefits can be obtained from eating products with grapes in them so that people who do not currently drink red wine should not start just to obtain those benefits. They should just eat some grapes or products that utilize the whole grape instead.

Choosing A Red Wine

There are many types of red wine on the market today. This is beneficial to consumers because they can find the type of red wine that fits the meal that they are preparing or fits their palate. There are certain types of red wines that are more palatable to people who are just beginning to appreciate red wine and there are other types that are full bodied and great accents to spicy meals and heavier red meat dishes.

Many wineries have wine tasting where you can sample different types of red wine. There are also wine clubs. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are medium dry wines with a fruity taste and a smooth finish. Burgundy and Chianti are darker in color and dryer in taste. Port is a desert wine and is quite sweet. The different varieties of wine are produced by using different grapes. Red wines are fermented with the skins of the grapes. For white wines the skins are removed before fermentation.

Experiment with different wines and try the wines with different foods un! til you find the wine, or combination of food and wine, that you like best. You dont have to be an expert to enjoy a glass of any type of red wine. New varieties are being created all the time, as countries like Australia, Israel, Chile, Hungary and Romania enter the wine exporting business. The new varieties of grapes and the different climates and soils add a new richness to the world of wine.

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