SIRC – Media Watch 30-04-99

Wine Benefits

Although it is not an new assertion that moderate consumption of wine can reduce the risk of heart disease – the benefits really only applying to those over forty, but encouraging to those in later years – Dr Broustet announced this week in Heart that Cabernet Sauvignon was his grape of choice. This particular grape contains high levels of resveratrol which promotes levels of 'good' cholesterol whilst simultaneously reducing the levels of 'bad'. Thankfully, Dr Broustet dismisses the concept of harnessing the beneficial chemicals of red wine in pill form: "The effects of a good red wine are strongly linked to the pleasure of educating the nose and palate, the wine selection, the knowledge of its vineyard, and the degustation in a warm and enjoyable environment."