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11.07.2005

Helping You Remember Where You Put That Bottle

A new story about how red wine is good for your health comes out every 2 weeks. Think I'm kidding? I read all the news about wine, and trust me it's true. Originally I thought I would feature such stories on Vinography, but they got to be too numerous. But since I haven't mentioned them in a while, I thought I'd use today's good news to highlight the fact that I've catalogued several dozen health benefits of wine, and today, there's one more that's especially promising, especially to those of us who worry that one day we might have Alzheimer's bad enough to (gasp!) forget where we put our favorite wines.

Apparently a compound found in red wines called Resveratrol (found in the highest concentrations in Pinot Noir -- sorry Merlot!) helps to break down one of the primary agents for the brain lesions that are associated with Alzheimer's. Scientists aren't sure whether wine contains enough of them to really make a difference, but they're sure they are in there. Read the full story.

I wonder if another glass of Pinot will help me find my favorite corkscrew...

Comments (5)

Mike wrote:
11.08.05 at 9:01 AM

In the last few years there has been publicity on "Missouri's offical grape" - Norton. Claims are that it has two times the amount of resveratol as Cab!
For those unaware, apparently Thomas Jefferson grew this in Virgina & thru the years recieved acclaim for making a nice claret.

Aidan Maconachy wrote:
11.08.05 at 5:19 PM

I heard this about Pinot Noir from another source also. No arguments here - I'm a Pinot lover. My only complaint is that when you're working with budgetary constraints it's not always easy to find a Pinot that pleases. Any tips ?

maggie wrote:
11.08.05 at 6:50 PM

Try Benton Lane's website(they're out of Oregon). They've done a ton of research on resverisomething.

They are even considering putting it on the label somehow, but the FDA has soething to say about that. An alcoholic beverage with a benefit on the label? Ooooh,how would pregnant women decide whether to drink or not?

Jassmond wrote:
11.11.05 at 7:22 PM

Only users lose drugs, but drinkers know where they cellar their stuff?

Alder wrote:
11.12.05 at 6:57 PM

Aidan,

Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you on this. Thanks for the comment.

I don’t know where you live, so it's hard to make a recommendation that I'm sure you're able to find, so I have to go with something that's in pretty wide distribution: Saintsbury "Garnet" Pinot Noir. It’s available at BevMo and is a well made wine. Comes in around $12-$14 a bottle last time I checked.

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