As we concentrate on the sustainable, environmental and health segment of the wine market, January is the perfect time to be thinking about drinking consciously rather than in quantity like over Christmas. So let’s focus on the lower alcohol, lower tannin & sulphates and more sustainably produced wines.
If you’re like me, and you love overindulging at Christmas, then you will appreciate the first week back to work in January is pretty damn tough – the gout kicks in, (hopefully not for all of you) you feel shattered and you just want to get back to bed. Well, that’s all about to change. We are starting a new campaign to introduce drinking consciously, so in January rather than totally giving up the drink like some people – you can drink quality rather than quantity, and below are some of the reasons why we are doing this.
It’s Great For The Waistline
As you may not be aware, alcohol is high in calories. A bottle of white wine, for example, has the same amount of calories as 14 Jaffa Cakes or a McDonald’s Cheeseburger and fries, so for those of you that eat healthily and are still putting on the pounds, this may be why! But don’t stop there – you can eat and drink healthily in moderation now too! Natural, lower sulphur and lower in alcohol wines are better for the waistline, they aren’t filled with nasty chemicals or added sulphur like those usual suspects from the supermarket. All the wines that we sell that are under 12% abv will be a perfect fit for the waistline watchers out there! I suggest getting yourself into one of our mixed cases, or if you’re feeling daring try one of our Natural or even Orange wines – there are some really lovely wines on the site that you are yet to discover.
Natural Anti-Ageing Power
Lower alcohol (12% and lower) red wines are said to have anti-ageing powers. (don’t quote me on this as I am not a doctor) Organic red wine has said to actually be higher in antioxidants than some superfoods. A recent article from Web MD shows that the latest anti-ageing weapon is, in fact, red wine! The mechanism is the antioxidants in red wine. Antioxidants sop up damaging free radicals that play a role in ageing and age-related diseases. In wine, the skin and seeds are part of the fermenting process, but both are usually removed when making grape juice. But please note; Drinking more than recommended can have the opposite effect on your appearance and health.
Due to certain amounts of resveratrol, that’s found in the grapes skins, natural red wines, and our lovely Pet Nats, are the ones to watch out for here. It just so turns out, that when a study was conducted last year – those women who drank red wine more regularly had a higher egg count—especially those women who drank five or more glasses per month.
A Dentists Friend
Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed grape seed extract also prevents cavities. Gum disease and tooth loss have affected an estimated 60 to 90 per cent of the global population. The problems apparently start when certain bacteria in the mouth get together and form biofilms, which are communities of bacteria that are difficult to kill. Brushing, fluoride in toothpaste and water and other methods can help get rid of bacterial plaques, but the effects are limited. Research has previously suggested that grape seed extract and wine can slow the growth of bacteria on the cavities! Now with most conventional wines, you will find large amounts of acid, and chemicals, but with our wines, you will find very little or even none of those – so keep to drinking sustainably produced wines, and you could see your teeth getting cleaner faster!
And now for the health facts…
For those that are health conscious and sufferers of certain chemicals in wine amongst us, it’s been said that a staggering 2.5 million people worldwide cannot drink conventional wine – this news is staggering, and one of the many reasons that we at Pull The Cork are pushing these sustainably produced wines so much! They are generally speaking better for you, made properly by passionate winemakers that use low or no intervention methods, these wines really express true winemaking, and in time could well help you too!
You probably already knew that sustainably produced wines can help your heart pound through its work – and you now know it can also be good for your teeth, sharpen your mind, help with fertility and keep you slim, but did you know that red wine can also help your balance?? In a stride toward better health in later life, scientists reported that resveratrol, the so-called “miracle molecule” found in red wine, might help improve mobility and prevent life-threatening falls among older people. The nutrients also found in grapes may help protect against cancer, eye problems, cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions. It’s also a good source of fibre and water. It really is the miracle juice!!