Drinking Wine: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


As we all know, there are always two sides (sometimes even three or more) to a story. Without knowing the other side, you may not be getting all the facts and the whole truth about something. Imagine someone being tried in a court and all the judge and the jury hear are witnesses against the person being accused. That would be the epitome of something being totally one-sided.


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When it comes to wine, much has been said about its benefits as well as its ill effects, with one outweighing the other, depending on whom you’re hearing it from. We’ve all heard about the antioxidants in red wine that have health benefits, but have you heard about it partly causing infertility? If your curiosity is now aroused, let’s have a rundown of the good, the bad, and perhaps even the ugly, when it comes to drinking wine.

Let’s start with the negative health risks:

Obesity – Wine contains calories in varying amounts. One large glass of sweet wine can have as much as 200 calories in it. If you’re on a weight-loss regimen, having too many glasses of vino is, needless to say, counterproductive.

Heart disease – As you’ve probably heard it gazillion times, too much of anything is bad for you, and it’s pretty much the case with this inebriating beverage. Excessive drinking can lead to the heart muscle weakening, which then leads to a condition called ‘cardiomyopathy.’

Stroke – Somewhat related to the risk stated above, too much alcohol in our body raises our blood pressure. Certainly, an elevated blood pressure doesn’t bode well for those who have heart conditions and are at risk from strokes.

Fertility – Yes, too much alcohol can be detrimental to our reproductive system. In women, excessive drinking can reduce fertility and is even linked to lower conception rates. On the other hand, in men, the effects include erectile dysfunction, lowered levels of testosterone, and even poor sperm motility.

Now for the good:

Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes – It has been found that moderate drinkers of wine have 30% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to non-drinkers.

Good for the heart – Again, too much of anything can be harmful. However, if you drink wine moderately, the procyanidins in red wine tannins can protect against heart disease.

Lower risk of cataracts – By drinking wine moderately, you’re less likely to develop cataracts. But again, just because you want to have excellent vision doesn’t mean you’ll have more glasses than usual. The operative word is always ‘moderation.’

These are the good and bad about consuming wine. As you’ve read, the key to getting only the good is not to drink beyond a few sips each day. Anything more than 2 glasses a day is setting yourself up for a number of risks (when you’re looking for wine online, always shop from safe and reliable shops).


Related articles:

Red Wine and Resveratrol: Good for Your Heart? (mayoclinic.org)

How Is Alcohol Use Linked to Stroke? (stroke.org)

Wine and Heart Health (nlm.nih.gov)



4 Cabernet Sauvignon Below 10 Dollars You Should Try in 2014


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For this post, I’m going to share my Cabernet Sauvignon recommendations that will make you covet more of this wine. Being referred to as the colonizer of the vineyards by many wine experts, it’s easy to assume that this wine does not come cheap. However, while Cabernet Sauv vintages seem to dominate many “Most Expensive Wines” list, there are actually bottles you can find for not more than ten dollars! You read that right. The same is actually true with other types and vintages of wine; it’s not impossible to find a good bottle that costs ten dollars or less if you know where to look. You won’t have to look elsewhere, though, because I’m bringing you now 4 really good Cabernet Sauvignon below ten dollars. Here’s my list:


Nope, you can’t expect to get an award-winning wine in the Salisbury Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, but the fullness of flavour this cab can offer will make you more than a winner. It’s made by a great producer who sources from the Murray Darling region, one of the best wine engine rooms in Australia, which explains why it’s both easy to drink and easy on the budget. With its excellent drinkability and soft, luscious finish, it will surely make you beg for more.


What is a cleanskin, you ask? Well, it’s a term given to wine without the name of the winery or the winemaker indicated on the bottle label. And since there aren’t any name to promote, the price is typically low for cleanskin wines. If you’re a bargain hunter who believes there’s really not much difference between cheap and expensive wine except for the price, then the Cleanskin James Oatley Tic Tok Cab 2009 is a perfect choice for you. It’s low priced, but it does in no way taste cheap. It may even taste as good as, or even better, than many expensive wines you know of.


There are reds that are fit for impressing your boss, and then there are reds that are perfect for everyday household drinking. The Lyrup Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 falls to the second category. It’s one hundred percent cabernet sauvignon, but it’s price will make you think that it isn’t. Hints of cedary oak, blackcurrant, and tannins – they are all there. The only difference is you can get them from this cab without having to spend more than ten dollars. Another perfect reason to drink it? It’s made by Lyrup, established in 1913 and is one of Australia’s legendary wineries.


Need I say more? It’s from Penfolds, winner of last year’s Wine Enthusiast Magazine “New World Winery of the Year” award!

The regular price for each of these wines is usually ten dollars or more, but then again, the key here is to know where to look. I already gave you my list. Let it guide you to the king of the red wine grapes.



You Might Also Like:

The Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon (winefolly.com)

 Why You Should Be Drinking Cheap Wine (slate.com)

10 Ways to Find a Supermarket’s Best Wines (asia.wsj.com)