We all try to make a New Year’s resolution to varying degrees of success. If you’re trying to (like me) to lose some extra pounds, here are the things to look for in a bottle that is “healthier”. Two of these things are easy to identify, the third is a little more in depth.
- Sugar (I know, I know) – how “sweet” is the wine you are drinking? Riesling and Moscato generally are the types of wine to steer clear of.
- Low alcohol – Try not to reach for that big California Cabernet Sauvignon at 15% ABV – look to wines whose alcohol can be below 13% ABV on a regular basis.
- Wines with a high polyphenol component – So what is a polyphenol? A polyphenol is a broad category of wine component – essentially everything in wine that is not alcohol or water.
- Procyanidins – the most important of them – this is the component that impedes the cholesterol build up in your blood vessels.
So, which wines should I be drinking? Think bitter (in a good way). The more bitterness a wine has the better chance it is “good” for you. Try these grapes: nebbiolo, tannat and petite sirah.