When a 100-year-old woman says that wine is the secret to a long life, you listen up. This magical liquid can do just about anything, from flavoring your brownie to sharpening your mind — all in moderation of course.
Whip out these vino-themed facts the next time wine Wednesday rolls around, and don't feel so guilty about popping open another bottle of red. There's plenty to toast to when it comes to wine.
Master sommeliers not only have excellent senses of smell, but also larger, thicker parts of the brain, according to research published last year in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Even recreational drinkers get a neurological boost. A 2014 study linked moderate alcohol consumption to a reduced risk of cognitive decline.
Science delivers good news yet again. While wine still contains calories (sorry), people who drink a moderate amount of alcohol are less likely to be obese than teetotalers, research indicates. Cheers to that!
Aldi wins again with its Côtes de Provence Rosé, a silver medal winner at the International Wine Challenge, a.k.a. the wine world's Oscars. The grocery chain just started selling it at stores in the U.S., so snap up as many as you can before they sell out.
Keeping bottles horizontal pushes liquid against the cork, theoretically keeping it from drying out, according to Wine Spectator. As for temperature, aim for a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit. A basement is usually your best bet.
Baking up a batch of red wine brownies? Now that's what we call heaven on Earth. This recipe even includes something called "drunken cranberries." (Try to stop drooling.)
Let's end the debate once and for all. "The rim is the most delicate part of the glass, so it's best to store crystal with the rim up so there's less weight on it," says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab in the Good Housekeeping Institute. Looking to invest in a new set? These Riedel tumblers won top marks in our Institute tests.
They're called flavanols and they're known improve blood flow to the brain and boost your health overall. So why not double up and make some red wine hot chocolate?!