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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yes, Red Wines are Healthier, But It's Summer

Probably every wine drinker has heard by now of the benefits to moderate consumption of red wine. The antioxidant Resveratrol is in much higher concentration in red wines than in whites. It comes from the grape skins and there is lots of skin contact with the juice in red wines, but not whites (that's where the color comes from).

But it's getting hot and who wants a big ol' Cab in that weather? Luckily, there are a couple options.

Rosé
These summer chillers are made from red wine grapes. Rosés are made with less skin contact than red wines--that's why the lighter color, but there's still more than with whites. Look for darker-colored rosé wines.

Pinot Noir
Pinot is light and soft enough to have in the heat of summer. You can even put a bit of chill on it in the cellar or fridge. While Cabernet Sauvignon has the highest amount of Resveratrol with Petite Sirah second, Pinot is actually third highest with more than wines like Merlot of Zinfandel.