One of the things that has remained a pleasure over the lockdown period, has been a good bottle of wine. Whilst so many of our other pleasures have been denied due to safety obligations, enjoying a nice chilled glass of white, or a hearty glass of red has been something that we could enjoy, either whilst chilling alone, or shared with a loved one. And even as we continue to move out of lockdown, and ease into a new normal, this is still something that is true.
Our new normal consists of lots of opportunities to enjoy a glass of wine, and this can now also include time with our friends and families. Some people have now started to venture out to pubs and bars, but with booking systems in place, and lots of restrictions around, many are still enjoying a tipple in the comfort of their own homes and gardens, whilst some are now back to hosting dinner parties with good food, fine wine and lots of catching up on the menu.
The good news is that, not only is socialising good for your mental well being, if you choose a quality red wine, there is every chance that this, in moderation of course, is also beneficial for your health. A good quality wine, for instance the Italian Primitivo, Decianni Primitiv, which is a gorgeous red with rich flavours of ripe black cherries, vanilla and smoke, can actually be good for the well being of your heart. This particular wine, which is available from Independent Wine, is an award winner, a Sakura Double Gold Medal winner in fact, and tastes so smooth and rich that it is hard to stop at just one glass, it it like velvet in a glass. But a glass a day may just keep the doctor away, as it is rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the lining of blood vessels in the body and the heart. A study by Healthline showed that people who consumed 1-2 glasses per day were at a lower risk of strokes and heart disease, and that other studies had shown that moderate wine consumption is linked with a decreased risk of several cancers, including colon, basal cell, ovary and prostate cancers and also had an effect on the chance of dementia.
Obviously the key word here is moderation, but how nice to be able to relax with a glass of wine after a hard day, and think it may actually be doing some benefit too.