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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    1. 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.