Wine critic Huon Hooke used this wonderful Louis Pasteur quote to illustrate his point that a glass of wine can give your day a lift. In his article First-hand Experience Hooke talks about the intellectual and sensory pleasures that drinking wine in moderation, especially with a meal, offers. (First-hand Experience by Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Feb/Mar 2014)
Based on my own first-hand experience, I absolutely agree with Hooke when he says that a “great wine transforms great food into a great meal.” And the pleasure is further enhanced when you know you are enjoying a really great wine.
If the only benefit of drinking wine is that it enhances your appreciation of one of life’s most important pleasures – a good meal – then perhaps you need no other excuse to regularly enjoy wine in moderation. But as hardly a day goes by when the media isn’t drawing our attention to the medical pros or cons of drinking wine, I read with interest Andrew Jefford’s latest article in Decanter, highlighting some of the most recent research on wine’s health benefits. (Decanter, 2014)
According to Professor Mladen Borban of the University of Split School of Medicine in Croatia, drinking wine with a meal helps to alleviate ‘postprandial oxidative stress.’
Before you reach for a glass of wine to get your head around the term, here’s Jefford fairly easy to understand explanation. Essentially eating a lot of food at once (as we do when we sit down for a meal) creates an inflammatory response in our stomachs. Antioxidants, such as the phenolic components in wine, help to digest food better by combatting inflammation. In other words, wine is useful for alleviating physical as well as mental stress!
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