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Toast to Your Health: 5 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine in Moderation

Posted on January 11, 2024 in Lifestyle
For centuries, wine has been an integral part of cultures across the globe. From the ancient Greeks and Romans to modern-day connoisseurs, wine has been a beloved beverage enjoyed by all. But did you know that wine, when consumed in moderation, can actually be good for your health?
 

That’s right, folks! Wine is more than just a tasty treat. Here are some of the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation:

1. Boosts Heart Health:

Studies have shown that moderate consumption of wine can improve heart health by increasing the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Red wine, in particular, contains antioxidants such as Resveratrol that can help prevent heart disease.

2. Reduces the Risk of Stroke:
Wine is said to have had blood-thinning properties that can reduce the risk of blood clots, which can cause a stroke. A glass of wine a day may just be able can help keep the stroke away!

3. Promotes Longevity:
People who consume wine in moderation have been found to live longer than those who abstain. It’s worth noting that red wine tends to contain more antioxidants than white wine, particularly the antioxidant Resveratrol, which is found in the skins of red grapes. A study conducted in France found that the Resveratrol in red wine can increase longevity by activating a protein that slows down the aging process. So, while both red and white wine can have health benefits, red wine may have more potent antioxidant properties.

4. Boosts Brain Function:
Wine has also been shown to improve cognitive function and memory. The antioxidants in wine can help protect the brain from damage and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
Moderate wine consumption has also been linked to a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The Resveratrol in red wine can help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation in the body. White wine also contains polyphenols, which are plant compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These polyphenols can help protect against certain chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

A Toast to Health and Meaningful Connections

It’s not just about the wine itself, but also the social aspect of sharing a glass of wine with loved ones or friends. Research has shown that having strong social connections and meaningful relationships can contribute to a longer and healthier life.

 
When we share a glass of wine with others, we are not only enjoying a delicious beverage but also engaging in meaningful social interaction. Whether it’s catching up with old friends, sharing a romantic moment with a partner, or enjoying a family gathering, wine can help create and strengthen bonds between people.
 

Studies have found that people who have strong social connections and supportive relationships tend to have better physical and mental health, as well as a longer lifespan. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard researchers found that strong social ties can have as much of an impact on longevity as quitting smoking or losing weight.

Moderation is Key

 

Now, before you go uncorking that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s important to note that moderation is key. Too much of anything can be harmful, and wine is no exception. The recommended daily amount of wine is one glass for women and two for men. So, let’s raise a glass (in moderation, of course) to good health and a great glass of wine! Cheers!

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New Year’s Sparkler Recipe

Posted on December 20, 2023 in Recipes

Ring in the New Year with the perfect blend of sophistication and celebration by indulging in our exquisite New Year’s Sparkler cocktail created with our Rosé Sparkling Wine. Crafted to elevate your festive moments, this sparkling delight is the perfect cocktail for your New Year’s Eve bash. Cheers to a night of memories and the promise of new beginnings! Make your New Year’s Eve celebration unforgettable with the loveliest, tastiest sparkling cocktail – our New Year’s Sparkler.

INGREDIENTS
 
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve and garnish with raspberries.

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Sip, Savor, and Stay Warm: The Best Winter Wines to Enjoy

Posted on December 18, 2023 in Wine 101
Winter is upon us, and what better way to embrace the season than by indulging in some of the finest winter wines? Nestled in the heart of Southern California wine country, Wilson Creek offers a delightful selection of wines perfectly suited to elevate your winter experiences. Explore these exceptional wines, each carefully crafted to enhance the coziness of winter.
 
Wilson Creek Syrah: The King of Winter Reds
Wilson Creek’s Syrah is a majestic red wine that epitomizes the essence of winter. With its rich, deep color and a bouquet of blackcurrant, plum, and a subtle hint of oak, this wine is tailor-made for the season. Its firm tannins and full-bodied nature make it an ideal partner for hearty winter dishes. Picture a glass of Syrah paired with a succulent roast or a slow-cooked beef stew by the fireplace. It’s a royal treat for your palate.
 
Wilson Creek Malbec or our Special Limited Edition Malbec: An Argentine Warm Embrace 
Escape to the vineyards of Argentina with Wilson Creek’s Malbec, a winter-friendly red that will wrap you in warmth. This wine boasts flavors of ripe black fruits like blackberry and black cherry, accompanied by delicate notes of cocoa and spice. The plush texture and smooth finish make it the perfect comfort wine, whether you’re relaxing indoors or grilling up some winter BBQ. 
 
For those who appreciate a well-rounded white wine during the colder months, Wilson Creek’s Chardonnay offers a creamy and luxurious experience. Aged with care, this Chardonnay delivers flavors of baked apple, vanilla, and a hint of buttered toast. It’s like a warm hug for your taste buds. Pair it with roasted chicken, creamy soups, or a decadent lobster bisque, and you’ve got the recipe for winter perfection.
 
Wilson Creek Almond Sparkling Wine: Sparkling Winter Magic 
The holiday season calls for something special, and Wilson Creek’s Almond Sparkling Wine delivers just that. This effervescent delight combines the elegance of sparkling wine with a subtle almond essence. Its crisp, refreshing bubbles make it a fantastic choice for festive gatherings and toasts. Serve it as an aperitif or alongside your favorite holiday desserts for a touch of sparkling magic.
 
Wilson Creek Decadencia: Sweet Winter Indulgence 
No winter wine list is complete without a touch of sweetness, and Decadencia is the ultimate indulgence. This dessert wine showcases flavors of dark chocolate and ripe berries, making it the perfect companion for your post-dinner cravings. Pour it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoy it with a platter of rich, creamy cheeses. Decadencia is your sweet escape in a glass.
 
As winter envelopes us in its chilly embrace, embrace the warmth and comfort of exquisite winter wines. Each bottle tells a story, and with every sip, you’ll create cherished memories that make the season truly special. Raise your glass to a season filled with great wine, cherished moments, and the joy of winter’s embrace. Cheers!
 

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Jingle Juice Recipe

Posted on December 11, 2023 in Recipes

Indulge in the festive spirit with our delightful Jingle Juice recipe – an effortlessly simple, irresistibly delicious, and stunning holiday punch! With just three key ingredients, this concoction is guaranteed to charm every palate. Cheers to holiday joy in a glass!

 

INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher filled with ice, combine Vodka, Rosé Sparkling, and Cherry 7-Up.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Pie & Wine Pairings

Posted on November 7, 2023 in Wine & Food

Thanksgiving is already here! With so much to be thankful for, we wanted to take time to thank all of our Wine Club Members and Guests who enhance our lives everyday! You are the reason we love bringing you fine wine, delicious cuisine, and good times!

To celebrate you all and all the things we have to be thankful for, Wilson Creek put together a few wine pairings to go with your favorite Thanksgiving Pies! Because nothing says celebration like sweet treats and bubbly!

Apple Pie

Brut Sparkling

Pumpkin Pie

Almond Sparkling 

Pecan Pie

Angelica Cream Sherry

Key Lime Pie

Coconut Nui Sparkling or Golden Jubilee

Lemon Meringue

Rose Sparkling or VS White Cabernet

Cherry Pie

Sangria Sparkling or VS Cabernet-Zinfandel

Chocolate Cream Pie

Almond Sparkling or Decadencia Chocolate Port

Blueberry Pie

Sangria Sparkling or VS Cabernet-Zinfandel

Peach Cobbler

Brut Sparkling or Viognier
Once again, we are THANKFUL for you!

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