Archive for February 2012

The Health Benefits of Red Wine

February 28, 2012

There have been millions of studies on the effect of alcohol on the human body. It seems that everything points back at red wine being the healthiest of them all. Wine has always been a staple in the human diet. In fact, scientists have documented red wine as far back as 5400 B.C. We must be doing something right.

Here are ten reasons to drink red wine:

Sleep
New research shows that red wine, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, and Merlot, contains melatonin. Melatonin regulates the body clock, so drinking a glass of red wine before bed may help you sleep. Melatonin is also an anti-oxidant, which means it also has anti-aging and cancer preventative properties.

Longevity
A compound in red wine called resveratrol has been shown to increase lifespan in animal studies.

Brain Health
Resveratrol has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Heart Health
Red wine has been shown to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease thanks to the resveratrol and other anti-oxidants it contains.

Lung Cancer
Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain found that each glass of red wine per day reduced the risk of lung cancer by 13%.

Prostate Cancer                                                                                                                               Four or more glasses of red wine per week has been shown to reduce men’s overall risk of prostate cancer by 50% and the risk of the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer by 60%.

Breast Cancer
Moderate consumption of red wine is believed to lower the risk of breast cancer. However, drinking more than 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks per day appears to increase the risk of breast cancer in women, so moderation is key.

Colds
Researchers in Spain found that people who drank more than two glasses of red wine per day have 44% fewer colds than people who abstained.

Inflammation
Resveratrol has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which helps overall physical health since many diseases and ailments can be attributed to inflammation.

Cholesterol
Resveratrol has been found in studies to lower LDL cholesterol, while another ingredient in red wine, saponins, also have cholesterol lowering properties.

If you do need an eleventh reason – Alto wines simply taste great as well.

Source: healthdiaries.com

Featured Vintage Alto Wine

February 20, 2012

Alto is the oldest red wine estate in South Africa and has produced numerous special  red wines.

One such a wine is the Alto Shiraz 2003.

Tasting notes

Smokey, spicy, and berry nose supported by woody undertones.  Palate – A full-bodied wine with delicate spices, subtle presence of oak, vanilla flavours and round, creamy finish.

Read more and order wine from the Bergkelder Vinoteque

Wine is bottled poetry

February 7, 2012


Robert Louis Stevenson famously said:

“Wine is bottled poetry”… In that case, The  Alto Cabernet Sauvignon is probably perfectly the balanced Shakespearian Sonnet.