Finding a Red Wine You Like – Building Bone Mass at the Same Time

Earlier this week I posted about a new study on wine and health and part of this article is quoted there. I want to expand on the points of red wine and bone health, as bone health affects both men and women, and bone loss starts at a fairly young age, although seldom detected. The sooner you think about what may happen at a later age, the sooner you can prevent the devastation of osteoporosis. At one time, red dinner wine was only consumed by those real wine lovers who knew more than most about wine and understood that a drier wine goes better with most foods not intended for dessert. Today many, many of us are drinking red wine, with fish, with pork, with some chicken dishes, and the good news is, a small study has shown that red wine grows bone, and does it rather quickly (emphasis on “small” study). Below is some of the research on this study and then a few tips on how to find nice red, round wines that I promise, most of you will learn to love.


The polyphenol resveratrol in the skin of the grape is the property that keeps arteries clear AND aids bone growth. Resverarol is found in grape seeds and grape juice as well. The study was conducted by The North American Menopause Society. The conclusion:

Conclusions: Abstinence from alcohol results in increased markers of bone turnover, whereas resumption of alcohol reduces bone turnover markers. These results suggest a cellular mechanism for the increased bone density observed in postmenopausal moderate alcohol consumers. Specifically, the inhibitory effect of alcohol on bone turnover attenuates the detrimental skeletal consequences of excessive bone turnover associated with menopause.

The Examiner:

Who participated in the study?
Research was conducted on a small group of 40 women in early menopause. The group’s median age was 56, and before testing started they were evaluated and determined to be healthy. None of these women had a previous history of fractures linked to osteoporosis.

Researchers drew blood from participants at the beginning of the study so they could determine the levels of indicators related to bone turnover. Once these initial findings were recorded, participants were asked to abstain from drinking alcohol for two weeks. After the two weeks, blood samples were drawn again and findings compared. The results showed bone removal had increased.

The night following the two weeks of abstention, researchers gave the women specific amounts of alcohol to drink (based on their average intake). The following morning they returned to have their blood tested. The results showed a rapid reduction in bone turnover.

If you don’t like red wine for reasons other than allergies, it’s likely due to the dryness of the wine. Understanding what dry wine means, and how to find a red that gives you the perception ripe fruit sweetness is important.

Dryness is an absence of sweetness. A dry wine has a lesser sugar content. A dry wine can have some sugar or zero sugar. Sugar levels are determined by the grape variety at the time of harvest and during fermentation. The winemaker determines how much sugar to ferment-out of the grape juice. In general, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are among wines fitting the dry wine model. Unfortunately, moderately priced Pinot Noir is hard to find. I’ll leave it for another time and suggest you start with Cabernet Sauvignon and while I seldom never buy Merlot, I actually did – because the wine manger at the retail store where I shop suggested it. I have a good one for you below.

When you walk into your wine shop, grab the wine professional and use the right words. Tell him/her you are trying to move to red wines. You want jamminess, ripeness – luscious ripeness and jamminess, no less. Ripe and round, rich and yummy. Give your retailer the opportunity to assist you by communicating clearly what you want.

Little Boomey Cabernet Sauvignon

Little Boomey Cabernet Sauvignon

Little Boomey, owned by Trinchero, is an Southern Australian winery located about 150 miles northeast of Adelaide makes a nice Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect for entry into red wines. It’s a friendly drink for a great price, and might satisfy those who spend much more, and drink much bigger wines. It has an appealing red-and-round-fruit ripeness, goes down easily, with a pretty nose and a medium finish that, surprisingly, lingers nicely. The Little Boomey is 90% Cab, and 10% Cab Franc with some American Oak aging. You can find Little Boomey Cabernet for about $8-$9 dollars.

The McManis 2011 Merlot is a great find. I liked the 2010. I like the 2011. It’s a staple in our house and I never hesitate to serve it to guests. The appellation is “California,” meaning the grapes were (possibly) grown in varying areas, or maybe in one area, to create the best wine. The McManis Merlot was fermented for 7 to 9 days on the skins before fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

McManis Merlrot

McManis Merlot

Winemaker Notes: The 2011 McManis Family Vineyards Merlot is deep purple in color and is filled with pleasant scents of Strawberry preserve and fresh Cherry. Subtle notes of vanilla and caramel are contributed from the wines’ time on oak. The bold yet round wine achieves a superb balance of fruit and oak flavors. The caramel notes promised by the olfactory loiter well after the last of the wine is gone.

In the video below, two very enthusiastic guys are telling us that McManis 2011 Merlot has it “all in the glass:” “plum, oak, spice, blackberry, cherry…nice tobacco flavors, cloves, juniper is in this wine, but best of all, it’s got a mild, long, delicious finish. This a find wine for Ten Bucks. ”

Pick-up a bottle of McManis Merlot and drink it with food. Appetizers are fine. It’s a great place to start your quest for delicious, quality red wine. If you like this post, please ‘Like’ my Facebook page, just under my banner.

Related and Background:

Wine Good for Bones and Heart – Raises Cancer Risk: Even a Glass a Day?

Two Thumbs Up Wine – McManis Merlot 2011 (video)

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