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The Art of Wine
Welcome to the online home of the Palo Alto Wine Society. Feel free to peruse our site for our events and links to learning more about wine and the other libations we are passionate about.
Monthly educationally focused wine-tasting events are offered for members and their guests at a variety of locations, from restaurants to wineries or event centers.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that wine, as well as other foods containing resveratrol, such as blueberries, cranberries and nuts, can help you live longer. Based on studies with mice, resveratrol improved the health of mice with a high-fat diet and increased their life spans.
It's been shown that the antioxidantsin red wine can increase your levels of HDL or high-density lipoproteins (a.k.a. good cholesterol). Wine's antioxidants also prevent the buildup of bad cholesterol that can lead to heart attacks.
Recent research implies antioxidants (called polyphenols) found in wine can slow bacterial growth in the mouth and potentially help prevent cavities. To test the theory, researchers treated cultures of bacteria responsible for dental disease with a variety of different liquids. Red wine was most effective in eradicating the bacteria.
High-fiber varietals, like Tempranillo and Rioja, may lower cholesterol levels. Healthy study participants given a grape supplement found in red wine saw a 9 percent drop in LDL (the “bad cholesterol” that can clog arteries). Those with established high cholesterol given the same supplement experienced a 12 percent drop in LDL.