Content By Jaye Kenzie…Editor StayHealthy Weekly
1. PINOT NOIR
Pinot Noir is considered the healthiest red wine you can drink. Unlike many of the reds on this list, Pinot grapes have a thin skin, so Pinot Noir has low tannins but high levels of resveratrol. Additionally, Pinot grapes – particularly those grown in cool-climate regions – start out with less sugar, so Pinot Noir has a lower ABV and fewer calories than fuller-bodied wines.
A rare grape from Umbria – a region in central Italy – Sagrantino is an antioxidant-rich wine. In fact, according to a study, Sagrantino might contain the most antioxidants of any red wine out there. With bold notes of plum sauce, blueberry jam, black tea, and cocoa, this full-bodied red also has super high tannins.
Much easier to come by, Merlot is a medium-bodied red wine with notes of black cherry and plum. The second most popular wine grape in the world, Merlot has high levels of resveratrol and procyanidin which help to lower cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health.
4. CABERNET SAUVIGNON
This full-bodied red wine with notes of dark fruit and baking spice has similar cardiovascular benefits. Additionally, thanks to its particular flavonoid makeup, Cabernet Sauvignon helps to stimulate the production of a protein that plays a role in cell health.
This red wine from Piedmont, Italy has bright notes of cherry plus a hint of licorice and dried herbs. Aside from being more affordable than other wines made in this region, Barbera has also been noted for its heart-health benefits thanks to high levels of resveratrol.
Malbec, smooth red wine with notes of blackberry and chocolate, has high levels of antioxidants and has been linked to both heart health and immune health. Grown mostly in Argentina and France, Malbec grapes have a thick skin, giving this bold red wine robust tannins.
Another red wine from Piedmont, Nebbiolo contains high levels of polyphenols like procyanidin. With red fruit notes and a hint of star anise, Nebbiolo also has some of the highest levels of melatonin, making it a good wine to sip at night if you have trouble sleeping.
Tannat is a full-bodied red wine with notes of dark fruit and smoke. French Tannat – known as Madiran – can have intense tannins, so it’s sometimes blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. In Uruguay, Tannat has smoother tannins and softer fruit flavors. Wherever it’s grown, this dark grape contains high levels of the antioxidant procyanidins, giving it cardiovascular benefits.
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