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10 Truths About Red Wine

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Truth, they say, sets you free, and knowing certain truths about red wine liberate your thirst to go for more of one of the most popular alcoholic beverages.

These fascinating truths will generally change your view about red wine, give you the needed respect among your peers, and make you the ‘uncertified’ sonmellier.

Here are 15 Truths About Red Wine You Should Know:

No! Not France

This one concerns wine in general, of which red wine is arguably the most prominent. Contrary to popular belief that wine originated in France, the oldest known wine making was in Iran back in the Neolithic period. Archeologists have found ancient pottery jars belonging to the Zagros mountain villagers who made and stored wine around 5400 B.C. A royal winemaking industry was also established in the Nile Delta circa 3000 B.C., with the Pharaohs of Egypt enjoying wine to the extent that several jars were buried with them for the afterlife.

Better to drink than not at all

While many people may abhor alcohol consumption in any form, it is, in fact, better to drink red wine than to avoid it totally. As surprising as this may be, the antioxidants found in red wine lower incidences of cardiovascular disease, mortality, and type-2 diabetes. On the other hand, consuming in excess leads to health risks, confirming the fear of those who choose not to drink.

Tannins do the magic

The health benefits in red wine come from the tannins in the wine. The most abundant type of tannisn in red wines are Procyanidins, which are also found in dark chocolate and green tea. Procyanidins inhibit cholesterol plaque in blood vessels, which is highly beneficial to heart health and longevity.

Young wines are better

While old red wines may taste better with age, for health reasons it is better to drink younger wines. There are higher levels of tannins in younger wines than any other type of wine in the market. So it might do you well to forego amazing taste for beneficial richness.

Some red wines are bettet than others

As you would expect, not all red wines carry the same level of benefits for the body. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon wines carry more condensed tannins than Pinot Noir wines. However, both wines have much less tannins when compared to Shiraz.

As a general rule of thumb, note that:

  • Dry red wines are better than sweet red wines
  • Red wines with more tannins are better than those with lesser tannins.
  • Red wines that do not exceed 13% ABV are better than higher alcohol red wines.

Grapes give it colour

The red colour comes from the skin of the grapes used, not from artificial colouring. It is the plant pigment called anthocyanin found in the skin of red grapes that give the wine its colour.

Different grapes – one specie

Don’t let the names confuse you, nearly all red wines made come from one specie of grape. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir all belong to a single species of grape: Vitis vinifera. While other grape species exist, that are very rarely used in winemaking.

China buys more

China has become the leading market for red wine. More than just the refreshing flavour, the Chinese seem to have fallen in love with the wine’s colour. The red colour is favaoured by the governmnent in China, while the populace also see it as a colour of luck.

Even cosmetologists benefit too

Red wine contains resveratrol found which have been found to reduce the scarring caused by radiation and is a component of many cosmetic products and applications.

Organic red wine

Normal red wine is beneficial to the health but organic red wine trumps it. The presence of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides present in normal red wines rob it of its goodness. Meanwhile, organic red wines use 100% organic grapes with absolutely no chemical additives have added to them for processing or preserving. These red wines usually come with “100% Organic” label on the bottles.

 

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How Pinot Noir Wines Can Save You From Cancer

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It may be lighter in colour than traditional red wines, but Pinot Noir wines are as healthy to the body when taken in moderation as wines from other grapes.

More than just helping you unwind after a long day in front of the computer, a glass of red wine actually restores some of the juices you lost working so hard.

From Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot to Moscato, wine grapes contain so much nutrients that leave us feeling healthier  than we were before drinking.

Pinot Noir has been confirmed to be the most nutritious of all wine grapes, containing a specific type of ployphenol called resveratrol, which was largely responsible for its huge health benefits. Also, the grape is moderately low in calories, with each 5-ounce containing just about 121 calories.

Below are five (5) essential health benefits of Pinot Noir Wines:

Cancer Prevention

Pinot Noir wines contain A glass of Pinot Noir provides about 640 micrograms of resveratrol, which help in killing cancerous cells in the body. It acts as an antioxidant, thus prevents genetic mutations caused by oxidative stress. Although more research is needed into the field, researchers in the National Cancer Institute examined resveratrol on many different types of cancer, such as leukemia, skin and prostate cancers, through in vivo and animal studies. A 2008 study published in “Cell Death and Differentiation” found that resveratrol could contribute to cell death in breast cancer cells.

Another study published in the November 2013 issue of “Food and Chemical Toxicology,” reveals that resveratrol also regulates gene activity in mesothelioma cancer cells, and makes the cells more sensitive to chemotherapy.

Cardiovascular Benefits

Aside from fighting cancerous cells, resveratrol is also beneficial to your cardiovascular system. The November 2013 issue of the “Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery,” notes that resveratrol protects the heart tissues from cardiac cell death., which may lead to heart attack.

It also assists arterial function in people who have high blood pressure, and has a general good effect on the blood vessels when Pinot Noir wines are taken in moderation.

Neurological Benefits

The nervous system benefits from the rush of Pinot Noir wines in our system. Again, a study in 2013, published in “Neurotoxicity Research”, found that resveratrol has the ability to protect nerve cells from oxidative damage. Researchers have also stated that resveratrol showed proved useful in the treatment and prevention of degenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Prevents tooth decay

Pinot Noir wines are also rich in antibacterial properties which are helpful in killing various strains of oral bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay and even a sore throat. However, you have to watch your intake of red wine as it can lead to purple tooth.

Keeps you looking young

Again, the resveratrol in Pinoy Noir grapes prevents are rich in anti-aging magic which prevents damage to and repairs cells and blood vessels.It also guards against the level of bad cholesterol in the body, as well as reduces the risk of blood clots.

Warning

To maximise the best out of the richness of Pinot Noir wines, it is best you consume in moderation. A standard wine serving size is one glass for women and two for men. Taking more than that exposes you to the risk of getting heart disease including various types of cancer. Abuse of alcohol can also cause damage your liver, disrupting your normal sleep cycle.

Getting plenty of folate is advisable for people who consume alcohol regularly. Folate is a vitamin usually found in pasta, bread and legumes and helps slow down the absorption of alcohol by the body.

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Why You Should Drink More Expensive Wines

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If you are still questioning why you should spend that extra cash on getting that expensive bottle of wine, scientists have provided a befitting answer to that.

The answer is steeped in the fact that more expensive wines taste better than the cheaper brands you would rather opt for. Researchers in in Germany and France have arrived at an explanation why more expensive wine taste better on the palate. Their findings also relates to the reward areas of the brain, aside from the palate.

Bernd Weber, of Germany’s Bonn University, conducted the research with France’s INSEAD Business School, and published in the journal, “Scientific Reports’’ on Tuesday.

“The reward system is activated in a significantly stronger fashion with higher prices and in this way apparently also the taste experience.

“The fascinating question is now whether we can train the reward system so that it is less susceptible to such ‘placebo marketing’ effects,’’ Weber said.

The experiment made use of 15 men and 15 women, placed in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for a wine tasting. Each participant was told the price of the wine before drinking a millilitre through a hose.

After drinking, they required to press a button to evaluate the taste of the wine on a nine-point scale. While the wine was always the same wine, the price was given as 3.50, 7 or 21.15 dollars for a bottle.

“As expected, the test subjects claimed that the wine with the higher price tasted better than the cheaper wine,’’ INSEAD researcher Hilke Plassmann said.

The MRI scanner further showed that the frontal lobes and the ventral striatum said to be involved in reward processing and motivation were more active with the higher prices.

“In the end, it seems like the reward and motivation system is playing a trick on us,’’ INSEAD researcher Liane Schmidt concluded.

 

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Merlot Wines: All you need to know about these soft, tasty red wines

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Red wines never go out of style as it is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. The fruity, sweet taste that the drink gives off is one reason why a lot of wine lovers stick to serving it at dinners, weddings and parties – not to forget chefs who have mastered the art of cooking with red wines.

However, while so many of us enjoy the sweet-sour taste that graces our palates, do we really know what our red wines are made of? Do we know what kind of red wine it is? Is it a Cabernet Sauvignon? Is it a Zinfandel? Or is it a Merlot?

Raised eyebrows right? Yes! Red wines are awesomely different depending on the grapes used in making it as well as the region the grapes come from.

So how much of Merlot wines do you know?

Merlot is second most popular grapes used in making our sweet red wines, after Cabernet Sauvignon. According to Wikipedia, Merlot was estimated to be the third most grown variety at 260,000 hectares (640,000 acres) globally, with an increasing trend as of 2004.

Merlot, which in French means The Little Blackbird, is believed to have been used first in wine making in the late 1700s when a French winemaker in the Bordeaux region formally labelled the grape as an ingredient in his Bordeaux wine blend.

It is a dark blue-coloured wine grape variety that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The inky, dark blue grapes produce a wine that can be soft and easy to drink. Wine drinkers who maybe fans of deep, dark fruit flavours and supple, velvety texture will definitely fall for merlot wines.

Generally, Merlot wines come either as a soft, fruity, smooth wine with very little tannins, or a fruity wine with much more tannins or a highly tannic, brawny, style made in the profile of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merlot wines tend to mature faster than Cabernet Sauvignon, and can contain up to 13.5% alcohol, but can approach 14.5%, especially when it is grown in a warmer climate such as Australia, California or Chile.

In character, Merlot offers flavours of chocolate, plums, licorice, black cherries, blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries as well as jam, which depends on the levels of ripeness the fruit was allowed to achieve. It is round, fleshy and can be opulent in texture.

Forget the 2004 film Sideways and how it hurled the wine’s reputation, Merlot based wines are perfect for lunch or dinner, especially with its naturally soft textures and rich flavours going in tandem with a diverse array of foods.

Health wise, Merlot wines are rich in antioxidant resveratrol, a polyphenol that protects cells from infection and free radical damage. They are also good for the heart and contain probiotics which improves the bacterial lining in the large intestine, reduce cholesterol, boost immunity, and prevent cancer and other systemic conditions.

 

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Best N5k and under red wines for any occasion

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When it comes to alcoholic beverages, red wines are right at the top of the pyramid. Also, getting the cheap wines are also important to the pocket.

The sweet sour taste, the amazing varieties  of colours, the unique flavours of each brand and the way it goes down with our favourite meals is simply magical.

While many red wine lovers will give anything to have a good bottle or glass of wine at every meal time or memorable occasion, not many have the means to achieve their taste.

Not to worry, to every pocket size is a bottle of red wine.

Here are some of the cheap GOOD wines in Nigeria:

These reds all come at N5,000 and under.

  • Kagor
  • B & G Passport 1/4 Bottle Bordeaux
  • Lamothe Parrot
  • Douglas Green St Celine Sweet Red
  • Faustino V Gran Reserva Rioja 2005
  • Frontera Merlot
  • Frontera Sweet Red
  • Frontera Carbernat Sauvignon
  • Faustino VII Rioja 2009
  • B & G Cuvee Speciale Red
  • B & G Sweet Nature Wine
  • Carlo Rossi Sweet Red
  • Carlo Rossi Red
  • Casillero Del Diablo
  • Tall Horse Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tall Horse Pinotage 2013
  • Tall Horse Merlot 2013
  • Chateau Los Boldos Merlot 2013
  • Chateau Los Boldos Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Roble Malbec 2013
  • Roble Cabernet Sauv 2012
  • Roble Shiraz 2014
  • Four Cousins
  • Douglas Green Pinotage 2011
  • Douglas Green Merlot Reserve Selection 2012
  • Douglas Green Shiraz 2013
  • B & G Merlot Reserve 2014
  • B & G Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Red 2015
  • Rubis
  • Marques de Casa Concha
  • Boschendal pavillion  Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

5k Wines and Below

Product Size Description Unit Price (NGN) Carton Price (NGN)
Kagor 6 x 75cl Delicate taste with chocolate shades, a ruby color and a wonderful aroma. 1,203 6,353
B & G Passport 24 x 18.37CL Concentrated wine with cherry red color, spicy and flavoured with black fruit. 984 20,790
Lamothe Parrot 6 x 70cl Sweet and fruity mellow reserve wine. Red, juicy, and sappy with lovely fresh fruit and a soft, velvety finish. 1,167 7,000
Douglas Green St Celine Sweet Red 12 x 75cl Smooth rich natural sweet red blend with a ravishing ruby colour with delicious sweet ripe black currant, raspberry jam and clove spice aromas and flavours 1,317 15,803
Faustino V Gran Reserva Rioja 2005 6 x 75cl Smooth and velvety on the palate with excellent integration of Christmas cake fruits and spicy with a hint of vanilla on the finish. 1,571 9,425
Frontera Merlot 6 x 70cl Fruity in taste, with bouquet of cherries and a hints of cacao: full-bodied, good composition and a lasting taste on the palate. 1,529 9, 529
Frontera Sweet Red 6 x 75cl Made of various grapes which gives it a sweet taste, that is in line with the name. 1,529 9, 529
Frontera Carbernet Sauvignon 6 x 75cl Light, fresh and loaded with special fruit flavours. 1,529 9, 529
Faustino VII Rioja 2009 6 x 75cl Basic quaffing red – blackberries, cedar, cherry cola, with a bit of saddle leather. Pleasant fruit component. Medium acid, medium minus tannin 1,638 9,629
B & G Cuvee Speciale Red 6 x 75cl  Medium-bodied red wine has simple red fruit flavours and a dry, smooth finish. It’s a powerful, red-berry bouquet, soft and well-balanced on the palate. 1,698 10,187
Carlos Rossi Sweet Red 6 x 75cl Well-balanced, light to medium-bodied sweet red wine with flavors of bright red fruits and fresh floral notes and a nice crisp finish.  1,829 29,945
Carlos Rossi Red 6 x 75cl Ruby colour; mildly fruity nose displaying mild currant and berry fruit; light, crisp berry flavours. 1,877 22,523
Casillero Del Diablo 6 x 70cl Notes of dark plums and spice, generously framed by toasty American oak with a soft and well structured mouthfilling texture. 2,310 13,860
Tall Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 6 x 75cl Aromas of ripe forest berries and spice. Red and black berry fruit flavours with vanilla oak and a smooth, juicy finish. 2,338 14,027
Tall Horse Pinotage 6 x 75cl Ripe, black fruit aromas with hints of coffee and chocolate. Red and black fruit flavours with a hint of spice and a juicy finish. 2,338 14,027
Tall Horse Merlot 6 x 75cl Plum and spice aromas. Soft red fruit flavours and hints of spice. 2,339 14,034
Chateau Los Boldos Merlot 2013 6 x 75cl Well-balanced and structured red wine dominated by persistent ripe fruit flavours, complemented by supple tannins. 2,614 15,685
Chateau Los Boldos Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 6 x 75cl Plush and mouthfilling, with good overall balance. Flavors of herbs, olive, chocolate, baking spices and blackberry are bright, healthy and end with notes of additional spices and herbs. 2,614 15,685
Roble Malbec 2013 6 x 75cl Fruit, tannic structure quite dense, but not rustic. 2,815 16,888
Roble Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 6 x 75cl Garnet Aroma: Dark currants with hints of fine tobacco and sandalwood Taste: Medium-bodied; rich dark fruit; complex with a structured, creamy finish. 2,815 16,888
Roble Syrah 2014 6 x 75cl Young and fresh with outstanding roundness and up-front fruit flavour. 2,815 16,888
Four Cousins 6 x 75cl Fragrant, flame-coloured wine with gentle floral perfume. Flavours of luscious tropical fruits, peaches & raisins are followed by a lingering, silky finish. 2,888 17,325
Douglas Green Pinotage 2011 6 x 75cl Plush and juicy on entry with an ample mouthful of juicy fruit well supported by soft, ripe tannins and discreet oak spice finishing with soft sleek cherry and berry flavours. 3,058 18,346
Douglas Green Merlot Reserve Selection 2012 6 x 75cl Douglas Green Merlot Reserve Selection 2012 displays voluptuous juicy characters of ripe black cherry, plum fruit aromas and earthy tones. 3,138 18,827
Douglas Green Shiraz 2013 6 x 75cl Elegant, complex and alluring wine.Matured in oak barrels for 12 months, this full-bodied wine displays typical Shiraz characteristics of dark berry fruit, clove and cinnamon spice. 3,138 18,827
B & G Merlot Reserve 2014 6 x 75cl Pristine, fruit-expressive and juicy, this is a lovely approachable merlot showing dark plum, blueberry, floral and nutty characters. 3,234 19,404
B & G Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Red 2015 6 x 75cl Ripe and elegantly expressed on the nose showing dark plum, blueberry, floral and almond characters, followed by a succulent palate that is rounded and medium full. 3,234 19,404
Rubis 12 x 70cl Chocolate-flavoured Spanish fortified wine made from the Tempranillo grape  and infused with a luxurious chocolate essence 3,561 42,735
Marques de Casa Concha 6 x 70cl Deep red with lush cherry, black currant, and blackberry aromas and a touch of tar and smoke. 3,658 21,945
Boschendal pavillion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 12 x 70cl Soft, approachable style that is intense but not over the top. Well balanced with a juicy centre of lively fruit. Complex and shows depth, with a silky fruit finish. 3,702 44,421