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New Studies Reveal That Red Wine Has Additional Benefits To The Heart

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There are already several proven studies that show that red wine is good for the heart. And now more evidence of its benefits has been discovered. The study comes from the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences of LSU in the United States, where they have developed a new stent that releases red wine antioxidants slowly over time, promoting healing and preventing blood clotting and inflammation.

The people responsible for this development explain that by delivering red wine antioxidants during conventional angioplasty, it may be possible to prevent the build-up of excess tissue and the blood vessel from narrowing again as it heals.

In addition to the stent, they are also in the process of developing a balloon coated with the same compounds to treat blood flow blockages throughout the body called peripheral artery disease. Drug-coated balloons are a relatively new product and are being developed to help interventional cardiologists treat arteries that are difficult to treat with traditional angioplasty and stent treatments.

As mentioned there are more studies that highlight the benefits that red wine possesses to protect the heart. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that resveratrol was unrelated to rates of heart disease, cancer and death. It was also shown in controlled studies that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, regardless of the type of drink, tend to have better blood records.

As for a recent study published by the National Institute of Wine Research in Australia, it was shown that drinking wine in moderation reduces the risk of heart disease. People who regularly drink a small amount of red wine, especially if accompanied with food, have a 30% lower risk of heart disease.

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Varvaglione Papale Linea Oro Primitivo Di Manduria 2014

 

 

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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Ama 2014

No, wine will not replace your workout, but it can help you

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A couple of years ago, a researcher and scientist at the University of Alberta, in Canada, Jason Dyck, published a study on the relationship between an element found in many foods, including grapes, called resveratrol and physical activity.

To the surprise of many, including scientists involved in the investigation, it was found that resveratrol shows very similar results to those that can be observed after a hard workout. Jason Dyck says that this element can help improve physical performance or help those who are unable to perform this type of activity because of limitations such as cardiovascular problems or exhaustion, among others.

While all this is true, much of the people, especially the Internet, has been convinced that drinking wine is a better alternative than going to the gym and sweat, and that is something that is not entirely true. Scientist Dyck has already conducted several interviews to try to clear up this confusion. First of all, Dyck says that physical activity can never be replaced by anything and is necessary to maintain a healthy body.

But not everything is bad news. Jason has continued his research and concluded that resveratrol could be used as an additive to increase performance when exercising. It also concluded with what we all know: a glass of wine a day is recommended for health benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol, prevention of various cancers and slowing of brain decline, among many others illnesses. So now that you know, go and exercise and, at the end, reward yourself with a fresh and nice well-deserved glass of wine.

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Hacienda López de Haro Crianza 2014

 

 

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Beronia Reserva 2011

Drinking wine during pregnancy

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There have been many articles written about drinking wine (or alcohol in general) during pregnancy, and it is a subject that generates a lot of debate and research.

Some experts say that drinking wine in moderation during pregnancy is fine, but others believe that taking one drink is very dangerous for the baby’s health. What is not debatable is that what women eat or drink while pregnant goes directly through their bloodstream into the placenta to, literally, be digested by the fetus. If a pregnant woman drinks a glass of wine, a beer or cocktail, the fetus ingests the same.

For the fetus, alcohol interferes with its ability to get enough oxygen and nourishment for normal cell development in the brain and other body organs. A study has shown that a developing fetus has very little tolerance to alcohol and infants born to mothers who drink during pregnancy can have serious problems.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a set of mental and physical disorders that develops in some unborn babies when the mother drinks too much alcohol during pregnancy. A baby born with FAS, or even the less severe FAE (Fetal Alcohol Effects), can have serious disadvantages, which could require a lifetime of special care. There’s even research that indicates that women who plan to become pregnant should stop drinking even before they become pregnant.

The debate is trying to discern how much is too much and therefore when the consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages becomes a risk to the unborn baby.

Until these days, it was said that the only safe measure was to not drink any alcohol at all. However, in the UK, health authorities say that pregnant women and those hoping to conceive can safely drink up to two glasses of wine a week without harming the fetus.

On the other hand, there are few experts that are totally contrary to the fact that pregnant women drink alcohol during the gestation period and call to give up alcohol completely. There is a growing research of evidence suggesting that from binge drinking to low doses of alcohol can cause harm, although there are people who still defends that one or two glasses of wine a week do not have to be harmful.

Whatever the case is, and given the fact that a safe quantity of consumption is not known and the risk of alcohol may affect the future baby, it is best not to drink wine during pregnancy. It is also advisable to consult with doctors if there are any doubts or any problems in the pregnancy process.

Lose weight eating your favorite food: wine and chocolate!

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It is not the first time we publish information on the benefits of wine and how it can help to lose weight if it’s included on the diet. We are all crazy about our diet and our weight in general, and it is a large amount of people that worries about it, but, should all of us give up on certain food and beverages?

Apparently we should not. According to Professor Tim Spector, from King College in London, there is a system based on two foods that could be considered contrary to the diet regime: wine and chocolate. According to Spector, there’s no need to eliminate these foods from our diets because they help in the process of weight loss and, especially, in keeping our ideal weight in the medium and long term.

According to him, among the foods that help to activate bowel movement and promote replication of healthy intestinal bacteria are cheese, wine and chocolate.

The professor states that the secret of a good diet is not counting calories, but in bacteria we have in our gut. And wine, for example, helps cultivate healthy bacteria that allow us to be thin. A rich and varied diet is the foundation to be well internally and in shape. And Professor preaches this example by saying that “the more variety of foods we take the more variety of bacteria we will have in our body which makes us healthier”

Tim Spector explains that nowadays most people consume less than 20 separate types of food and many, if not most, are artificially refined. All this led him to investigate that consumption of these products may be responsible for many people that can’t lose weight. His son offered himself to research and spent 10 days eating only food from McDonalds. As a main conclusion, besides the things explained above, it showed that in these ten days, his son had lost 40% of its bacterial flora.

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Borsao Selección 2014

 

 

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La Planta 2014

 

 

7 Gluten-Free Cocktails

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Nothing better than enjoying a delicious cocktail to relax and let your worries aside for a moment, and if you are celiac, worry not, with these recipes you won’t have to deprive yourself of this pleasure. Enjoy these gluten-free cocktails to make at home.

1. Canaletto Cup

Ingredients:

  • Cava or champagne
  • 100 grams of raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Preparation:

  1. Macerate the raspberries in sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Pour all ingredients in a bottle and mix with cold cava.
  3. Serve in chilled glasses and enjoy.

2. Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 peach
  • 1 Orange
  • 100 milliliters of cognac
  • 100 milliliters of Cointreau
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 500 milliliters of red wine

Preparation:

  1. Cut diced the apples, peach and orange.
  2. Macerate all in a mixture of brandy, Cointreau and sugar for 3 hours.
  3. Pour into a large bowl with red wine and mix before serving.

3. Wine Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 60 milliliters of wine
  • 30 milliliters of St. Germain’s elderflower liqueur
  • 1 dash of bitter
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Pour the wine, liquor and bitter in a glass with ice.
  2. Complete with the sparkling water and mix before serving.

4. Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the Creme de cassis in a glass and complete with champagne.

5. Beer Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 250 milliliters of gluten-free beer
  • 250 milliliters of lemonade

Preparation:

  1. Pour the beer into a glass.
  2. Fill with lemonade and serve.

6. Vodka Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 60 milliliters of vodka
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

Preparation:

  1. Mix the vodka with lemon juice and sugar.
  2. Pour into a glass with ice and decorate with a slice of lemon.

7. Rum Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 60 milliliters of dark rum
  • 180 milliliters of ginger ale
  • A half lemon
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ginger ale in a glass with ice
  2. Complete with rum. Squeeze the juice of the lemon and serve.

 

Which is healthier: beer or wine?

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Have you ever you wondered about what’s the best drink for your health? Taking into account that you enjoy both beer and wine, clear all your doubts thanks to the curiosity and persistence of researchers.

Mack Mitchell, a member of the Texas Southwestern University Medical Center has carried out a study, which ABC has released recently. For this study, Mitchell asked a group of 15 men who take certain drinks on different days. Mitchell assured that alcohol content was proportional to body weight of each of the participants and make them drink at the same pace for 20 minutes. The results revealed some interesting facts that will definitely clear doubts that we have all had at some point.

  1. Wine enters the system faster: As per the study, Mitchell found that spirits entered the bloodstream faster. It took 54 minutes for wine to enter whereas the beer took 62 minutes after finishing drinking.
  2. Weight gain: Scientists conducting the research reviewed several studies on alcohol intake and weight gain and concluded that when consumed moderately weight difference appears to be minimal. However, the longest period they reviewed and evaluated at the time was only 10 weeks meaning that the data is not sufficient.
  3. Hangover: Researchers have not reached any conclusion regarding the hangover. Apparently, congeners, charged organic molecules that give each drink its unique taste and aroma, are responsible for the famous hangover effect which causes headaches and nausea and mostly appears the next day after drinking. Currently it is believed that dark beverages have more concentration of these molecules, but no more specific data has been concluded so far.
  4. The king of health: Large amounts of polyphenols are found in red wine which have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, while beer contains minor amounts of polyphenols and more similar to those of white wine. Both options are healthy if consumed moderately, although red wine, having more polyphenols, may bring more benefits. You can also check out our infographic about 9 benefits of wine for your health.

Uvinum wine recommendations: 

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Need therapy? Go to France and drink wine!

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Wine is healthy in many ways and provides a variety of benefits for consumers, besides being linked to a social act or a form of entertainment. Moreover, the French have been trying to promote wine in a hospital. There, a wine bar opened to encourage patients to consume wine as part of a palliative therapy.

This initiative offers several benefits that position France as a pioneer in the introduction of wine as palliative therapy. The hospital lies in Clermont-Ferrand and therapy’s working very well, which is helping to encourage patients to keep going with their treatment. They feel just fine, having fun and medical attention while drinking wine!

Usually, life in the hospital lacks some pleasures we enjoy in our daily lives, so these initiatives are proving to be of interest also to other countries.

Key Benefits

  • Patients and family relationship. In these wine bars, family and patients get together to have a good quality time – away from this hospital atmosphere.
  • Improving the lives of patients. These palliative therapies aim to improve the lives of patients during the time they are in the hospital.
  • Wine cellar. This wine bar has featured wines, it has a cellar to preserve the wines in point.
  • Hospital workers. For workers in the hospital, this initiative is entirely positive. Firstly, because they will also benefit from this wine bar. Secondly, this initiative reinforces contact between the patients and the hospital employees.

Although France is a pioneer of this initiative, it is worth mentioning that other hospitals in other countries have also signed up to offer this kind of therapy.

Uvinum wine recommendations 

May the selection be helpful while therapy!

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M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods. 

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Whispering Angel Rosé 2015

Whispering Angel Rosé 2015has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics. 

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Château Bergat 2009: Pork and lamb are ideal to match this red wine from Saint-Emilion. 4,5 points on 5 is the average score of Château Bergat 2009 according to Uvinum users with scores of Wine Spectator: 91. 

If you drink beer or wine, you’ll eat better

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According to a study by Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche, students who drink beer or wine in moderation tend to consume large amounts of fish, fruit and vegetables, ingredients that make up the Mediterranean diet and are the basis for a healthy diet.

In contrast, respondents young abstainers (over 1,000 between 17 and 35 years old) admitted they consume less fish instead, they eat larger amounts of meat. Meanwhile, drinkers of all forms of alcohol had a lower intake of fruits and vegetables and twice the amount of meat compared to those who drink beer or wine moderately.

According to these results, 18.9% of participants drank only wine or beer moderately, 19.5% did not drink alcohol and 61.6% consumed all kinds of alcoholic beverages, including high ranking.

The average alcohol intake was 4.3 grams per day, an amount that can be considered low to moderate, as it is less than 11.8 grams per day calculated by the National Health Survey for young adults of the same age, made between 2011 and 2012.

However, they acknowledge the controversy that exists within the international scientific community regarding recommend or not alcohol, albeit moderately, due to the negative effects that excessive consumption can have.

The results of the work done by the UMH demonstrates the importance of jointly study the diet and alcohol consumption when measuring the effects of the latter in the body. The reasearchers also pointed out that the Mediterranean diet inlcudes moderate consumption of wine in the meals thanks to its health benefits.

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Pruno 2014: a red wine from the Ribera del Duero DO made with cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Tarima 2014: a red wine from Alicante DO of Bodegas Volver cellar with a blend based on monastrell of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º.

 

10 Foods you thought were bad for your health but aren’t

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A few months ago, nutritionist and published author Sarah Flower revealed the truth regarding some foods that were thought as harmful to our health. However, she has redeemed them to show us that we can actually include these foods in our daily diets without any problems.

We have been taught that food like coffee, eggs, coconut oil and whole milk are bad for our health but reality tells us a different story. They can provide us with a lot of benefits. For instance, it is proven that whole milk is better for our health than skim milk, for example. Eggs, on the other hand, are an essential component for those who want to lose weight.

A very good low-cost snack with few calories that we can enjoy in all conscience at home is popcorn; another beneficial food is potatoes as they are full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc; plus coffee, in a moderate diet, can improve our brain activity and overall performance.

For many years, we have been told that fat is bad for us, that eggs are not healthy and, instead, they have been suggesting us to submit ourselves to a diet based on processed food. It’s time to let that go and start enjoying real and authentic food – eggs, whole milk, cheese, butter, peanut butter… everything is good if we follow one simple rule: eat them in their pure state”, Flower says.

It is not the food what makes us sick, is all the processing they go through. It’s time to change our way of thinking towards the food we eat and stop being paranoid about fat and calories. A cereal rich diet and real food are what we need.

Following these nutritional recommendations, here are 10 foods you thought were bad for your health but really aren’t:

  1. Coffee: excessive coffee consumption can disrupt our nervous system, produce gasses and cause a laxative effect. However, consuming coffee in moderation, you can improve brain health, lose weight faster and lower the risk of Alzheimer.
  2. Potatoes: this vegetable is considered a starchy food, which is then converted into glucose that increases the sugar levels in our blood. It is also very rich in other nutrients: A medium potato can provide us 50% of our daily dose of vitamin C, 30% of B6 and 25% of potassium. It also contains magnesium, vitamin B, and zinc.
  3. Eggs: eggs have been avoided for the risk of salmonella, their high cholesterol, and fat. However, this kind of fat, high in protein, provides a sensation of satisfaction, satiety, for a longer time which helps those who are looking to lose weight.
  4. Peanut Butter: a lot of people avoid peanut butter for its contained fat as well, but peanuts are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber.
  5. Canned beans: the liquid used to preserve the beans can have a high amount of sodium, so it’s better to read the labels first. However, they are a rich source of protein and fiber.
  6. Popcorn: we are talking about delicious low-calory, homemade popcorn. The one that you buy at the grocery store for the microwave can be full of processed sugars and you should avoid those.
  7. Whole milk: whole milk is generally associated with harmful fat, but it really has a higher amount of nutrients than skim or semi-skim milk. It also provides a satiety sensation.
  8. Yogurt: many people stop eating yogurt because of the amounts of sugar that are added by the companies. Low-fat yogurt, natural yogurt, and greek yogurt are excellent choices and rich in probiotics.
  9. Salt: you should avoid salt in large amounts. There is lots of it in processed food. Himalayan salt, on the other hand, is much better. You can start using it in your cooking and benefit from its 84 minerals.
  10. Coconut oil: since this oil has a high amount of saturated fat it is often avoided. But just a few know that it stimulates your immune system and helps lose weight.

As always, we also advise to drinking wine in moderation, live a healthy and active life and improve its quality!

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo: a red wine of the Rioja DO made with tempranillo and with an alcohol proof of 13º. 

 

 

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Cune Crianza 2012: a red wine from Rioja DO with Garnacha Negra of 2012 and has an alcohol content of 13.5º

 

 

9 benefits of wine for your health

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Drinking wine is an undisputable joy. The better if it comes with a great number of advantages for our health. Do you want to know which ones?

Among others, wine improves the memory, helps prevent the apparition of cataracts as well as improve our cardiovascular system and even diminishes tooth decay.

But why does wine bring so many advantages to your health? One of the keys lies in the resveratrol, a vegetal component (polyphenols) which is found in red grapes’ skins as well as seeds and contains multiple benefits for your organism. Containing more of this component, red wines deliver far more benefits than white wines.

Well, now you know if you maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink one of two glasses of red wine per day as per the World Health Organization, your body will benefit from the numerous advantages of wine. Would you like to discover all of them? Check out our infographic!

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Pruno 2014: Pruno 2014 is one of Spain’s most famous and wanted wines. To Robert Parker it’s the world’s best wine according to its price-value-ratio, highly praising it at several occasions.

 

 

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Macán Clásico 2011: a vintage of the successful game of Macán Clásico wines is only released.