Paula’s Wines of the Week starting 20 January 2014

Paula’s Wines of the Week starting 20 January 2014

Regular alcohol intake, of the moderate sort, improves the quality of life in middle-aged adults declares the latest research findings investigating the link between alcohol consumption and health.

Canadians aged over-50 were the subjects of this particular wine-is-good-for-you-study with many showing both ‘stable patterns of alcohol consumption’ and high scores on the Health Utilities Index: it seems if you want good memory, dexterity and mobility then drink a couple of glasses of wine every day.

But you’ll be doing that already won’t you? Because you’ll just be following the advice of all those other wine research boffins who found if you want to lower your risk of a heart attack then drink red wine (and the more mouth-dryingly tannic the better were the findings).

And if you want something to eat then make sure it’s dark chocolate – this helps improve memory just like all that red wine, oh and tea too by the way.

The news gets even better if you’re a woman because those glasses of red will keep you slim as you get older (in that particular study 40% of the alcohol abstainers became over-weight or obese).

It seems the women in the study who scoffed wine had little room left for scoffing food, so their overall calorie intake did not go up very much.

Unfortunately the scientists believe the findings may not apply to men. When men drink they tend not to substitute wine for food but consume both.

PG Wine Reviews

Tesco Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon

£3.99 Tesco

A light and fruity red that tastes of plum and cocoa. Inoffensive.

El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion Spanish Rioja 2011

£4.99 Tesco (down from £9.99 until February 2)

A nice wine that’s worth the offer price, but no more. This doesn’t mean its milky coffee and bramble flavours don’t slip down easily.

Aldi Exquisite Collection Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc

£4.99 Aldi

A refreshing wine that tastes of fresh lemon and toasted apple. Very nice indeed.

McGuigan Australian Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

£5.49 Co-op (down from £7.99 until February 4), £6.49 Tesco (down from £7.99 until February 4)

A host of light fruit flavours in this wine: raspberry, strawberry, damson, blackcurrant and creamy cocoa.

Les Tours de Bordeaux 2012

£6 Spar (down from £10.49 until February 5)

A reasonably posh wine at a reasonable price. Expect redcurrant, cocoa and mushroom ketchup flavours.

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