Red wine is popular worldwide in its many varieties and tastes. It is also generally acknowledged to have certain health benefits, so cheers to that! In moderation, as with all things, red wine can be good for you.
Digging into the research, we find that the ancient Romans, who popularized red wine, knew the benefits of it. According to information from the Mayo Clinic in the United States, various studies have shown that moderate amounts of all types of alcohol benefit your heart.
“It’s thought that alcohol raises healthy cholesterol, reduces the formation of blood clots, helps prevent artery damage caused by high levels of harmful cholesterol, and may improve the function of the layer of cells that line your blood vessels,” the Mayo Clinic states on its website.
An article in the Journal of Cardiovascular Disease notes, “Accumulating evidence indicates that resveratrol may confer a protective action on the cardiovascular system.” Resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine. Because red wine is fermented with grape skins longer than is white wine, red wine contains more resveratrol.
Red wine contains a complex and concentrated mixture of healthy plant chemicals called polyphenols, which include resveratrol. “The main polyphenols in red wine, such as compounds known as anthocyanosides, catechins, proanthocyanidins, and stilbenes (resveratrol) affect many body functions including the regulation of cholesterol, inflammation, and blood vessel dilation,” according to an article in University Health News, compiled by Belvoir Media Group in the U.S.
“Numerous health benefits of red wine are associated with light-to-moderate consumption, which means 1-2 glasses a day for men and ½ -1 glass a day for women,” the article states. “When consumed in these amounts, the health benefits of red wine include lowering your risk for serious chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. A daily glass of red wine may even make you less prone to depression, according to the latest clinical study investigating the health effects of red wine.”
So, for health benefits, and just because you love red wine, enjoy a glass or share a bottle with family and friends at The Wharf. Here you will find the best red wines in the Cayman Islands in our extensive collection of nearly 500 wines by the bottle.
Our fine wines at one of the best restaurants in the Cayman Islands include a lengthy list of reds from France (Domaine De Pallus, Chinon, Touraine, Loire, 2014; Alain Jaume, Domaine Grand Veneur, Les Origines, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2004; and Domaine du Pegau, Cuvee Laurence, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 1998, just to name a very few), as well as reds from Italy’s Piedmont region, Veneto, Sardegna, Umbria, Campania, Marche and Tuscany regions, among others. And of course, there are reds from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, South Africa and the United States.
Why not head to our lovely waterfront restaurant in the Cayman Islands and enjoy Cayman Islands cuisine and choose from a premier Cayman wine list?