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- Wine-Oh - 01-09-2002 04:21 PM

I'm new to the site and the Wine Board and am learning something daily, thanks to all of you. Today I am wondering if pinot noir has heart healthy benefits. I know that cabernets are supposed to be the "gold standard" for heart health, but really do enjoy pinot noir and would like to think my vessels are gaining a benefit as well. Whites have always been my drink of choice, so am trying to cultivate a red wine appetite. Thanks again for all your insightful wine tips!

- Innkeeper - 01-09-2002 05:03 PM

All red wines have roughly the same value for your heart.

- Thomas - 01-09-2002 05:13 PM

According to many studies, all consumable alcohol in moderation is beneficial to the cardiac system. Red wine offers additional benefits beyond the alcohol (chemicals like resveratrol, quercetin, and a couple others). So do not quit the whites, unless winoweenie is watching...

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- Bucko - 01-09-2002 05:26 PM

WW can see something through those bloodshot eyes?!? [img][/img]

- winoweenie - 01-10-2002 08:23 AM

I knew you jackals would pick the bones with me in San Diego. I BE BACK!!! Play Nice Boys. WW

- Thomas - 01-10-2002 08:57 AM

After posting the above I remembered one other thing--the reason Pinot Noir has the rep for being better than other wines at protectng the heart:

Resveratrol is found naturally in grape skins; it is used by grapes to fight disease in the vineyard. P. Noir has a high concentration of it because the vine is highly disease-prone. Of course, the chemical gets into the wine because red wine is produced by fermenting on the skins.

- wondersofwine - 01-10-2002 11:02 AM

Another reason to consume my beloved Burgundies. Thank you, Foodie.

- Wine-Oh - 01-10-2002 11:54 AM

Thanks to all of you, especially Foodie, for informing me why "pinot noir has the rep for being better than other wines at protecting the heart." I had always heard the cabernets were superior in their heart-protective qualities. This is good news!! Now, I can continue "researching" whites and stick to pinot noir for my red. Hey! I'm in Montana, where the buffalo roam and "white" is usually beer and "red" is clamato juice -- this is all a stretch for me and I'm reachin'even getting so familiar with the whites! Thanks again to all of you. A big Montana Howdy to Winoweenie. . .

- Bucko - 01-10-2002 12:52 PM

I read where some Vitis lambrusca grape actually has the most resveratrol of all, but now I forgot which grape it was, since I don't drink that stuff.

- Thomas - 01-11-2002 06:06 PM

It's concord, Bucko, and studies show that Welch's grape juice--which is mainly concord--is loaded with resveratrol.

- barnesy - 01-11-2002 08:30 PM

So we can all quit drinking wine and just drink grape juice since the only reason I drink wine is for my heart.


- Bucko - 01-12-2002 10:05 AM

No, because alcohol itself is the major component that provides cardioprotection.

- Thomas - 01-13-2002 05:08 PM

Barnesy--you gotta have heart!

Yep, Bucko, you gots that right.

- zenda2 - 01-13-2002 09:42 PM

Welch's, indeed.

Don't scare me like that.