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Old 04-24-2006, 02:47 AM   #1
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Wine and health

OK, I live in Bordeaux, so I'm kind of biased. I drink wine frequently, and any number of studies have showed that moderate drinking of wine (and beer) is good for you.

Obviously, a lot depends on what you define as moderate.

At least once a week, I finish a bottle of wine with my wife, and drink a glass or two with most meals.

Do many of you enjoy wine on a regular basis? How do you view the issue of wine and health?

Whereas wine consumption keeps going down in France, it is steadily rising in the United States, so there is hope there!

I might add that my love of fine food came significantly later than my love of fine wine. That is to say, I've always enjoyed eating, but it was only relatively late in the game that I became interested in making special food, and thinking about wine and food matches.

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Old 04-24-2006, 03:09 AM   #2
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welcome alex,

thank you for your very interesting intro post. i agree with you that drinking wine is good for you, both body and soul, and it can easily, but more importantly enjoyably added to one's dietary concern.

lol, ok, that sounded too official.

i love drinking wine, especially reds, and i like to cook mostly with whites. i love the way they both contrast and compare with food; like a section of a symphony orchestra. sometimes supporting the melody, or creating a harmony where none existed; sometimes providing a base or counterpoint.

the feature that it makes everyone look better, and takes an edge off of life is also not lost on this poster...

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Old 04-24-2006, 09:57 AM   #3
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I drink wine with most meals. A couple of glasses of red. Sometimes more, sometimes less, sometimes beer.

I also cook with wine, both reds and whites.

Most of the wines I drink are California and Australian Reds with a little French and Italian thrown into the mix.
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:17 PM   #4
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I must be very healthy. Couple of glasses every evening.
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:25 PM   #5
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I drink approximately one bottle of white during the week and my hubby and I usually polish off a bottle of red on the w/ends. I enjoy a good glass of wine after work and I like to have some wine on the w/ends.
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:31 PM   #6
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I will have wine with a meal/event if I'm with people, but not alone...just my inner discipline saying no, not tonight...save some calories. But that means most weeks I have two or three meals with wine. I cook with wine etc. I also enjoy a fine micro brew IPA, and a fine single malt scotch.
WHen alone I brew exotic teas or coffees so I still have a treat.
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:35 PM   #7
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I love drinking wine with food and I love the challenge of pairing wine with food. Nothing beats a glass of wine with dinner after a busy night at the restaurant. Alex, you are very lucky to live where you do, where the second best wines in the world are produced. The first you ask? I'll go with a Burgundy.
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:58 PM   #8
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In my effort to stay healthy, I drink at least one glass of red wine daily

I make sure I burn enough extra calories during my exercise program to allow those glasses of wine! I seldom drink white wine...sometimes on a hot summer day a chilled glass of pinot grigio (sp?) hits the spot.
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:07 PM   #9
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i have wine with some meals. this French restaurant next to me gives me wine w/out cost when i dine. i have 2 glasses, then say i've had my fill so as to be polite. i figure wine is healthy for you. i've read & viewed many things & it sounds like that a few glasses of wine are fine to have.
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Old 04-25-2006, 05:39 AM   #10
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Hi, Alex, I'm not so expert in wine, but I agree that "little" wine is absolutely good. Usually, I drink a...half? a little? glass of wine in every meal. In particulars ebents too, when it's possible, may be I drink something more, but not so much. I love the restaurant that offer menus with a glass (generally a third of it) of different wine for every serving. If I'm thirsty, I drink water, and the wine is used to enjoy the dish I'm eating: just a drop.
Unfortunately, this is not a matter I can do in home meals.....Too expensive..

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