Red Wine

By Goddess Latest Reply 2009-01-03 11:30:44 -0600
Started 2008-11-29 08:42:34 -0600

What brands are the best to use?

21 replies

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-10 13:58:38 -0600 Report

Actually, ANY red wine will do the trick. And like most of the REAL wine experts say, the best wine is the one YOU like, regardless of cost, geographic origin and the like.

kdroberts 2008-12-04 10:27:48 -0600 Report

Color shouldn't play into your decision to buy wine because it doesn't really mean a whole lot. Partly because most reds are in green bottles so you can't tell the color and partly because color doesn't go hand in hand with flavor. The type of wine should play a major role though. If you are using wine to help lower numbers or for heart health, which it can, you should be looking at dry red wines. Those will be the ones that have had most of their sugars fermented so will have the lowest carb content.

Merlot is kind of like the starter dry red. It's flavor appeals to the broadest range so if you don't really like red wine or don't really know what to do then it's a good choice.
Pinot Noir (possibly contains the most reversitol), Red Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz/Syrah (Same grape but pretty much Shiraz = Australia, Syrah = rest of the world) are other options.

You should be able to get good recommendations from a local wine shop or some wine departments in grocery stores. A restaurant that has a wine list should also have somebody that can help you choose. I think, for the money (Less than $7), Jacobs Creek Shiraz is a good buy.

At the end of the day you have to try and see. You can get recommendations from friends, professionals or whoever but your taste is personal so you may not like it or you may like something that not many people do. Two things to keep in mind. If you look at professional reviews to get ideas, keep in mind that for the average person they will not hold true. I read reviews and try high rated wines and whiskeys but I don't get half of what the reviewer does. I can't really tell the difference between wines that are rated excellent and those rated good. Secondly, price is not a good indication of quality. You just need to look at Wine Spectators top of 2008 list. There are wines in the hundreds of dollars but a fair number of them that are close to $10. A wine is good based on the flavor and aroma, not how much it costs.

Goddess 2008-12-04 10:37:18 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information. I'm sure it will help a lot of people.

Goddess 2008-12-10 08:32:28 -0600 Report

I got some called Livingstons it was $6.99. It did lower my bs.But I didn't like the taste of it so will try the one you recommended KD.

GabbyPA 2008-12-16 09:44:49 -0600 Report

I was using the Shiraz and that seemed to be the most useful. I use Yellow Tail (I fell in love with Austrailian wine while I was there) It is a more dry wine. I do like the taste of the cabernet or merlot better, but they didn't do much for me.

Avera 2008-12-03 22:47:13 -0600 Report

I just read an article about how in India, they are so sure than red wine is helping people with Type 2 diabetes that they are now producing a "red wine" pill. The pill has all the things in it that the red wine does that helps lower blood sugar. Wish they had some here. I don't like wine. lol

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-04 00:15:35 -0600 Report

It's called "Resveratrol". You can get it at most any drugstore or health food store.

Avera 2008-12-04 23:00:43 -0600 Report

Hey! Thanks so much for this info. I had no idea we could get them. I will call about getting some tomorrow. Have you taken them?

Goddess 2008-12-05 00:43:35 -0600 Report

I don't really care for the taste of wine either. I would rather take it pill form if we have it here.

caspersmama 2008-11-29 09:54:56 -0600 Report

I buy Sutter Home Merlot. It is $6.99 a bottle. I buy 2 at a time for all week. My daughter drinks a little with me also. She is 23. I look for the deepest red color bottles. I was told the darker the better but I do not like any other red wine but this one and the brand.