And there are a number of health benefits from drinking our wine, and in particular our red wines. We dont add sugar to our wine, which many wine companies simply add to sweeten and balance out an improper pH - instead we achieve this in the winemaking process itself, thus reducing the calories in our wine by nearly 50%.
Of course wine must be drunk in moderation, and then will improve your life — and your health — in a wide range of ways:
Most alcoholic drinks can increase the risk of breast cancer, but researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (USA) found red wine can have the opposite effect. Chemicals found in the seeds of red grapes reduce oestrogen levels in pre-menopausal women, while increasing their testosterone levels — the perfect cocktail for a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Participants in the study drank about 240ml of red wine each night for a month. Authors of the study reported that eating red grapes would have the same effect, but we’ll let you choose which you prefer.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine believe the resveratrol in red wine raises levels of an enzyme called heme oxygenase, which is known to protect nerve cells in the brain from damage after a stroke. Professor Sylvain Doré said nobody yet knows whether resveratrol on its own can have this effect, or whether it needs to be accompanied by the alcohol in the wine to be effective.
Moderation is the name of the game here, of course, but a Spanish study found that drinking wine can reduce the risk of developing depression. The researchers found that men and women who drank two to seven glasses of wine each week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression than those that abstained. Those that drank more than seven glasses per week were found to be at greater risk of developing depression, so keep an eye on your intake.
HEALTH BENEFIT 5: REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEMENTIA
Moderate drinkers are 23% less likely to develop dementia, according to researchers at Loyola University Medical Center (USA). Professor Edward J Neafsey said, ‘We don’t recommend that non-drinkers start drinking. But moderate drinking, if it is truly moderate, can be beneficial.’
HEALTH BENEFIT 6: PREVENT LIVER DISEASE
Drinking wine can reduce your risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by half, flying in the face of conventional thinking around alcohol and liver disease. It has to be wine though. A study by UC San Diego School of Medicine found that beer and hard liquor drinkers had more than four times the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease than the wine drinkers. (Moderation is key here, though. Too much of any alcohol can cause alcoholic fatty liver disease.)
HEALTH BENEFIT 7: LIVE LONGER
Although monks have believed for over a thousand years in wine’s anti-ageing properties, the theory is now backed by science. Harvard Medical School researchers have found that red wine’s magical compound resveratrol and the SIRT1 gene, also found in red wine, are definitely linked to increased health and a longer life span.
Epic Negociants wine improves with age, however so do the people that drink it (of course only in moderation!)
HEALTH BENEFIT 8: LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL
Sure, you could eat oily fish, but wine is better than all other alcoholic drinks in raising your omega-3 levels in plasma and red blood cells, according to a European study. The study found regular, moderate wine drinkers had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood, which the scientists found was triggered by the wine. And higher levels of omega-3s in your blood can protect you against coronary heart disease. Resveratrol is thought to reduce LDL and increase HDL, meaning that our blood vessels are less likely to be coated with plaque. Even the American Heart Association admits that moderate consumption of any type of alcohol can increase your HDL, or good cholesterol, by about 12%.
HEALTH BENEFIT 9: PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES
Insulin resistance is a critical factor that contributes to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Chinese Academy of Sciences found in an experiment with mice that the chemical resveratrol can improve sensitivity to insulin. And you’ll be pleased to know you can find resveratrol in the skin of red grapes, and in red wine. The link is yet to be proven in humans but we’re sure they’re working on it.
HEALTH BENEFIT 10: PREVENT AGAINST COMMON COLDS
So maybe grandma’s cold remedy isn’t so strange after all. A study looked at 4,000 faculty members at five universities across Spain. Those who drank wine were less likely to come down with a cold compared to those that drank beer or spirits. Researchers think that the antioxidants help lower inflammation and reduce the symptoms of colds.
HEALTH BENEFIT 11: PREVENT BLINDNESS
Overgrown blood vessels in the eye can cause diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, but the good news is that red wine can stop that blood vessel growth in its tracks, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine. The resveratrol found in red wine is the compound responsible for arresting the blood vessel growth (it’s also in grapes, blueberries, peanuts, and some other plants, but that’s not important right now).
HEALTH BENEFIT 12: PREVENT BOWEL CANCER
Scientists from the University of Leicester (UK) have reported that the resveratrol in red wine can also have a marked effect on cancer risk. They found drinking two glasses of red wine a day can reduce the rate of bowel tumours by around 50%.
HEALTH BENEFIT 13: PROTECT AGAINST LUNG CANCER AND IMPROVE LUNG FUNCTION
Red wine consumption may reduce your risk of lung cancer according to Chun Chao, Ph.D., who said, ‘An antioxidant component in red wine may be protective of lung cancer, particularly among smokers.’ (Giving up smoking is always a better option.) Drinking a beer or more each day, however, can increase your chances of getting lung cancer. If you’re not a red wine drinker, don’t despair. Researchers in the Netherlands have found white wine may improve lung function.
HEALTH BENEFIT 14: PROTECT YOUR TEETH
Did you know that drinking wine is a little-known way to protect your teeth from bacteria? We mentioned wine’s antimicrobial effects on the skin. Well, it also helps reduce bacteria on our teeth.Using five of the common oral plaque-causing bacteria, scientists noted almost complete degradation of the bacteria after applying the biofilms with red wine.
HEALTH BENEFIT 15: PROTECT FROM SUNBURN
Scientists from the University of Barcelona have found drinking wine can help to lessen the effects of UV (ultraviolet) rays and protect you from severe sunburn. That’s because when UV rays hit human skin, they activate reactive oxygen species (ROS), which oxidise fats, DNA and other large molecules, which then stimulate other enzymes that can harm skin cells.
Sounds complicated, but in a nutshell, the flavonoids found in wine inhibit the ROS in skin cells that are exposed to UVA and UVB rays. That’s not to say that drinking wine in the sun is a great healthcare plan. Slip, slop, slap is still the official recommended approach.
HEALTH BENEFIT 16: IMPROVE SHORT TERM MEMORY
Resveratrol may help improve short-term memory. After just 30 minutes of testing, researchers found that participants taking resveratrol had a significant increase in retention of words and showed faster performance in the portion of the brain associated with the formation of new memories, learning, and emotions.
HEALTH BENEFIT 17: IMPROVE HEART, BRAIN & BONE
Would you rather drink wine or slave away at the gym? Scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada found that resveratrol improves heart, brain, and bone function; the same way these parts are improved when you go to the gym. Now imagine the benefits of doing both!
HEALTH BENEFIT 18: PROMOTES HEALTHY EYES
Resveratrol stops out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eyes, according to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. This may help with treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Note that these studies were done in mice, so the dose for humans is not yet clear. But this is a great start.
HEALTH BENEFIT 19: NO ADDED SUGAR
We reduce both calorie and carbohydrate levels without lowering alcohol content, which is unlike most of the big brands that simply add sugar. A typical cabernet ranges from 130-170 calories per 5oz glass. But we avoid the addition of residual sugars to the completed wine, and use a Brix scale, which is a special scale for measuring the amount of sugar in a solution at a given temperature, the sugar content of the wine can be significantly decreased. For example, our cabernet without added residual sugars is just 95 calories and 12.55g of carbohydrates.
We also dont adjust the pH Level of wine by adding sugar. The acid-alkaline balance, or pH level of the wine, dictates the taste, texture, body and color of the wine. If the pH isn't balanced, wine can taste awful, but rather than adjusting pH in the winemaking process, many wine companies simply add sugar to sweeten and balance out an improper pH. We make sure our pH levels are at optimal levels during the winemaking process itself without then adding sugar. For example, the optimum pH for a Cabernet (red) is 3.4. The optimal pH for a Chardonnay (white) is 3.2. We ensure this pH is achieved during the winemaking process, and the end result is a great tasting wine that doesn’t need additional sugar added. We do this via a process called malolactic, secondary fermentation, which not only lowers pH, but also helps keep bugs out of the wine. Lower pH levels in wine also reduce the possibility of contamination by unwanted organisms, and give the wine greater stability to retain flavor and color.
However please remember, please drink responsibly and in moderation!