by Kenneth L. Warner, Colloca Estate Winery Director of Marketing and Brand Development
When I have a bottle wine with dinner (which these days is almost every night) I usually end up with a small glass or two left in the bottle, leading me to the Shakespearian dilemma; to drink or not to drink?
You can guess where I come out on that argument.
Then somewhere I read that 10% of people in France start their day off with a glass of wine, thereby giving whole new meaning to the phrase, “Happy Hour”. But here in puritan America, such behavior is considered, well … aberrant. Now though, researchers everywhere from Buffalo State in New York to Ben Gurian University in Israel are touting the health advantages of the juice of the grape.
Even the prestigious medical journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, is agreeing.
Apparently red wine has a miracle ingredient called Resveratrol in it, whatever that is. But what it means is that wine drinkers have better levels of HDL cholesterol and a better cholesterol ratio than those who don’t partake.
Maybe the French have something there after all.
So when I started working at the winery with an above average supply of cabernet sauvignon at my fingertips, I figured I would give it a try.
I’m not talking about knocking back a magnum and staggering down the street with the dogs on the morning walk. I’m suggesting a decent, careful pour in an appropriate wine glass to taste with my eggs and yogurt. The same amount I would get in a juice glass at an overpriced restaurant.
Believe me, it adds a whole new perspective to Reveille.
No longer do I have to postpone my first glass of wine till well after the sun gets over the yardarm. Fact is, studies show that Red wine drinkers enjoy lower cardio-metabolic risk factors and… here’s a surprise … sleep better.
Of course, when I read that I immediately said audibly, “You had to do a million dollar study to find out that drinking wine at night makes you sleep better?”
The recent blind test in Israel compared one group who drank water and the other who drank wine. They actually PAID 262 people to drink every day.
In the end, the wine drinkers turned out healthier. And, the last time I went through the battery of tests at the Doctor’s office, this actually proved to be true for me. I’m loaded with good cholesterol and a great heart.
So to all those naysayers who over the last several decades have criticized my drinking habits as irresponsible, I send you a raspberry. Wine with breakfast is now proven to be healthy!
Works for me, but then, I walk to work.
Now my only question is … where do I sign up for one of those tests?