Some recent studies have shown the importance of red wine to our heart health. In fact, moderate amounts of red wine (one glass a day for women and two glasses per day for men) can prevent heart attacks from 30-50%. Red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).
Organic wines are especially healthy, as they are harvested without pesticides or fertilizers and they contain only half the amounts of sulfites as non-organic wine. Sulfites are a key contributor to the dreaded wine headache. When it comes to choosing an organic Italian wine, the possibilities are numerous. Casina di Cornia makes a nice, organic Chianti and Chianti reserve, starting at around $19. Barbera del Monferrato Nuova Cepelletta has obtained certification as a vegan and organic wine. The average retail price is around $15.
For those willing to splurge, Cupano Brunello di Montalcino is made from Sangiovese grapes and retails for just over $130. On the other end of the spectrum, for only $8 you can purchase a bottle of Italian Organic Rosso. This wine offers a rich cherry flavor with subtle hints of oak and spice. Terra Viva Merlot del Veneto is a medium-bodied merlot with fruity flavors. It is available for around $10.
On a final note, it has been revealed that wines made from the grapes of the Pinot Noir varieties have the highest levels of antioxidants. The Bodegas Chacra Pinot Noir is an excellent entry level wine from the Patagonia region of Italy. Finaly, Forteto della Luja Monferrato Rosso Le Greve is a nice blend of Pinot and Barbera.