Random Wine Factoids

When it comes to wine, the first thing that comes to mind for most is the taste differences of each color wine. Generally, it is said, that red wines have a more acquired taste and are drier, while the white wines are sweeter and fruitier…and in most cases, this is true. But how fabulous is it that wine is also nutritious! Oh, you didn’t know?!

After the grapes that are used to make red and white wines go through the fermentation process, they lose some of their original nutrition. But fear not, because even after grapes are turned into wine, new health benefits are attained.

White wine is made from the white grape without the seed and skin of the grape. White wine holds the advantage of improving and promoting lung and heart health. On the other hand, red wine is made with dark red and black grapes including the skin of the grapes to add more nutrients, the richer flavor, and the darker color. Since they consist of the skins of grapes, red wines contains multiple strong antioxidants (polyphenols, resveratrols, and flavonoids) which all assist the body by increasing strength within. These antioxidants offer protection for the blood vessels and assist in eliminating blood clots throughout the body. They also provide assistance in the strength of the body’s immune system, in a way, by restraining the actions of enzymes that stimulate the growth of cancer cells and slow down immune response. Pieces of these antioxidants in red wines additionally help the body reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Both red and white wines help overcome stress as they have a calming effect to them.

When thinking of wine consumption, of course, the higher the percentage of alcohol in the wine, the more calories the wine will hold. Generally speaking, four ounces of white wine has about 4-5 calories less than that of red wine (given the alcohol content is the same for both).

Many recipes call for wine as an ingredient in the meal or as a compliment to the meal. If you would rather cook a regular supper and just have a glass of red wine to pair with the dinner, I suggest making Grilled Salmon with Olive Butter and Risoni as the main course (recipe can be found online) and pair it with a Russian Pinot Noir.

On the other hand, if you would like to try to use wine as an active ingredient in your dish, below is a recipe from Real Simple that is absolutely delectable and includes a dry white wine of choice:

*Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

– Oven should be preheated to 400 degrees upon beginning as preparation. Atop the stove, heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in skillet. Season pork chops (I used 4 butterfly pork chops) with some salt and pepper to your desired taste (I am currently on a low sodium diet, so to compensate I excluded the salt and pepper and used Mrs. Dash Southwest Seasonings which has no sodium). Brown chops on both sides then transfer to a baking sheet and roast chops until cooked through…which generally takes about 5-6 minutes. While the chops are roasting, on top of the stove, add some fine chopped shallots with another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and stir til soft. Add ¾ cup dry white wine (I used Chardonnay when I made this dish and it came out mouth watering!) and simmer until reduced by half. Finally, add 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and simmer until the sauce is a little bit thick, then stir in 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard. Serve sauce on top of chops and accompany chops with rice pilaf and asparagus or a side of roasted butternut squash and a salad.

Perfecto!

While wine may be healthy and delicious at the same time, we must always remember to drink in moderation and never drive when under the influence! Safety first!

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