The anxiety of picking the perfect wine to accompany food can often be paralising.

Understanding how the characteristics of wine relate to the body and its tastes will make choosing the right wine easy.

Wine augments any meal, bringing out the flavours of the food and the characteristics of the wine simultaneously.Wine with Salad

What food should you serve with your wine? While you should always drink whichever wine you prefer, we have some tips to enhance your dining experience.

When should you drink wine? The good news is that wine is not just a dinner companion; it is perfectly acceptable to drink wine before and/or after meals, or simply by itself.

Unlike other beverages, wine helps to stimulate the digestive system, increasing the ease and pleasure of any dinning experience. Wine has many other health benefits, with more being discovered daily.

Wine with Food

While there are some “rules” about matching wines with food, it is important to satisfy your owns tastes first.

Reds are great to drink with heavier meals, while whites are better suited for items lighter on your palette.

Rosés and Sparkling Wines are best with a smaller assortment of foods than Reds or Whites, but are still good choices.

Whether planning a romantic get together, or a large dinner party, your wine choice should be a part of your overall gestalt, not just a beverage choice. The right wine can make or break a perfect meal.

Visit the Cork Cuisine site for more information on pairing food with wine.

Therapeutic Qualities of Wine

Throughout history, wine has played an important role in medicine and health. Today, wine is growing in popularity as the evidence supporting health benefits from moderate wine consumption grows.

Wine can:

• Prevent heart disease – Many reputable studies show that moderate alcohol consumption helps prevent cardiac deaths by as much as 50%, while also helping to prevent strokes.

Wine raises HDL (good) cholesterol, keeping the LDL cholesterol (bad) from clogging the artery walls and restricting the blood flow.

• Potentially reduce or prevent cancer by increasing the amount of antioxidants in the body.

• Prevent diseases and viruses – The alcohol and acid in the wine kill and prevent the growth of micro-organisms.

• Reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia.

• Relieve stress – Wine, working as a mild tranquilizer, helps induce relaxation. Lower stress levels help prevent other illnesses.

Some studies have shown that moderate drinkers tend to live longer than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.

• Aid in digestion – While tasting excellent with food, wine also stimulates the flow of gastric juices and kills many harmful bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.

The French Paradox
In 1991, wine sales in the United States jumped dramatically after the airing of an episode of 60 minutes, The French Paradox. The program explored the heart attack rates of daily moderate wine drinkers in southern France; their rate is one of the lowest in the world, and their food among the unhealthiest.

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