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Alcohol is good for you?

Studies have proven that alcohol in moderate quantities is good for you. It is shown to positively influence cardiovascular health by improving overall cholesterol levels (increasing HDL (good) cholesterol and decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol), and also serving as a natural blood lubricant by reducing platelet aggregation. It is important to remember that there is a threshold, and if you go over it, it begins to have a negative effect on your health. However, there is powerful evidence that moderate drinkers of alcohol are in better cardiovascular health then people that completely abstain.

Polyphenols – the magic molecules

Polyphenols are the molecules in the skins of grapes that give red wine all of its amazingly complex health benefits as well as smooth taste. From anthocyanins (color) to tannins (complexity) to the antioxidants (health), the polyphenols have it all. Most importantly, there have been studies across the board that show the resveratrol and procyanidin polyphenols to have positive health impacts unseen in almost any other food we put in our bodies. The great thing is our elixir is full of these polyphenols, more than most wines in the world. And why is that?

1. As mentioned in the Mendoza section, the natural dynamics of that environment (highest altitude vineyards and thermal amplitude in the world) contribute to very high levels of polyphenolic production.

2. Our special agricultural methods allow the natural SAR (systemic acquired resistance) to kick in and produce higher levels of polyphenols.

3.The two varietals in our blend, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, are genetically prone to have some of the highest levels of any varietal in the world.