Most wine drinkers have their preferences of red wines or white wines, and their preferences are mostly based on taste. Although it has been widely accepted that red wine goes best with red meat, there are exceptions and truthfully, you might be better off to trust your own taste and judgment. That said, there are a couple of considerations when choosing the right wine. Some look for the perfect wine to compliment a meal, while others might consider the health benefits first. Let’s briefly discuss both.
There is a lot to consider when choosing a wine that might go best with your meal. Generally red wine with meat is still a useful rule. However, when you add sauces or other flavorings, you need to consider them as well. Some types of meat seem to have a particular affinity with wines made from certain grapes—lamb goes well with Cabernet Sauvignon or Rioja reds, for example, while pork and rabbit taste good with Pinot Noir or Rhône wines. For game and for most poultry dishes, the sauce and herbal flavorings make a considerable difference when choosing wine. White wine or even dry rosé will be the right choice with poultry on occasion, but red wine can work well, too. In a future article, I will discuss specific wine choices for specific meals.
If you want to have a healthy meal, you might also take the nutritional values of the wines into consideration. So, should you go for white or red wines?
The main ingredient in white wines is white grapes, which are used without the skins or seeds. Most white wines have a light and fruity taste, but there are certain varieties of white wines that have a richer taste.
On the other hand, red wines are made with dark red and black grapes. The main difference between red and white wines is that red wines are produced with whole grapes, including the skin. The skins add color and richer flavor to red wines.
Both white and red wines have been said to be good for your health. Although they are made with grapes, they do not provide the same health benefits as fruits. After they go through fermentation, the grapes lose some of their original nutrition, but they also gain new health benefits. One of the main benefits said of white wines is that they can improve heart health and prevent heart diseases. They may also be effective in promoting lung health.
Red wines have most of the health benefits of white wines, and they can contribute to your health in other ways as well. Since they contain the skins of grapes, red wines have a powerful type of antioxidants called resveratrols. Resveratrols offer excellent protection for your blood vessels, and may eliminate blood clots as well. It has also been said that red wines are effective in inhibiting the activities of enzymes that stimulate the growth of cancer cells and slow down immune response. Red wines also contain polyphenols and flavonoids, which are excellent antioxidants.
In conclusion; generally red wines are considered a healthier option than white wines. However, high quality white wines from certain winemakers may offer more health benefits than some red wines. So whether it is for your health, or just the sheer pleasure of a great glass of wine, or the perfect complement to your meal, we are right back to trusting your own taste and judgment. And please remember, even though wines may be beneficial to your health, they should not be consumed excessively.
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