You’ve certainly heard that drinking red wine in moderate quantities can be healthy. Ever from the 1990s and to the present day, researchers have studied tannins in red wine and the effects that they have on our health. In this article, we summarize their findings – grab a glass, sit back, and enjoy!
What Are Tannins?
Tannins are organic substances naturally found in grape skin, stems, and seeds. Red wines tend to have a higher rate of tannins, since all parts of the grape are involved in the fermentation process. Tannins in white wines, on the other hand, come from the wooden barrels where the wine was aged. Oak barrels, for instance, will add delicate flavours to your beverage such as vanilla, coconut and spice.
Tannins play a huge role in the quality of your wine, adding texture and making sure that your favourite red never fails to delight the palate. The dryness you might experience when you sip certain types of red, or the wonderful bite you might feel with others, as well as the richness of your beverage of choice, are all features we have tannins to thank for.
4 Health Benefits of Tannins
Research studies conducted over the last 20 years have discovered 4 main health benefits of tannin-rich foods and beverages. Tannins have been shown to:
- Lower the risk of heart attacks – drinking red wine in moderation has been shown to lower blood pressure, thus lowering the risk of heart attacks.
- Keep away heart disease – tannins contain an element called Procyanidin, which is known to guard against heart disease. According to the study, those who drank two glasses of wine per day during the research period had a 25% lower risk of heart disease as compared to non-drinkers.
- Ward against cataract – a 2005 study conducted over a 10-year period has shown that cataract has half the normal incidence rate among moderate red wine drinkers. Moderate was loosely defined as anywhere between 2 glasses per month to 2-3 glasses per day.
- Reduce the risk of cancer – researchers from State University of New York have found that wine can guard against bowel cancer, one of the disease’s most common forms. This study went against the conventional belief that all types of alcohol increase the risk of cancer.
Most of these benefits have been discovered in studies that were comparing wine drinking with other types of alcohol, notably beer and stronger spirits. Not only were other alcoholic drinks found to increase the risk of disease when compared to non-drinkers, but wine was shown to lower it.
Our Red Wine Selections
Here are 4 tannin-rich reds that we love and recommend. You can find them in our wine shop, as part of our rich selection of the world’s finest!
1. This DRC Romanee-St. Vivant, 2007 is a multifaceted fine wine of otherworldly complexity. It is a fresh and delicate choice that features extreme notes of deep red fruits with earthy undertones. Flavours of the sea along with floral notes will make this red wine one of the best selections you’ve tried in a long time!
2. The Chateau Duhart Milon, 2009 is a full-bodied blend with the decadent aromas of cedar, liquorice, and crème de cassis. With hints of berries and a touch of cherry, this wine has balance and a long, satisfying finish.
3. The Domaine Comte de Vogue Bonnes Mares, 2002 brings a complete fine wine experience. Overflowing with intensity, this wine’s aromas of blood orange, berries, and spices will ignite your senses. The delicate notes of red fruits and minerals will complement this by bringing a touch of elegance to your palate.
4. This Chateau Pontet Canet, 2006 is considered one of our best blends. This red has a superb nose that erupts with dark fruits, graphite, and a delicate hint of earth. It features wonderful clarity, along with intense flavours of violet and cherry that are harmonically hinted with dark berries and rich spices.
Make Your Pick
Whether you’re a collector or prefer to enjoy your wine straight away, Moncharm’s online shop is filled with some of the world’s best whites and reds among which you’re guaranteed to find your next ideal choice.
For any questions or queries, send us a quick message or give us a call. Our experts will respond promptly, and will be glad to help!Image source: Flickr