Yes, it’s finally been confirmed, Wine Lovers, not only is your beverage of choice the official spokes beverage of Amore’ but it’s also healthy for you too! Beer bellies, cover your ears. Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine has been found to reverse obesity, fight diabetes and certain cancers and can even extend life in all kinds of human cells. For years, pharmaceutical companies, physicians and vitamin gurus have been squawking the benefits of red wine for improving or maintaining vibrant health. Now, this tricky to analyze, anti-aging compound’s mysteries have been decoded by a Harvard geneticist David Sinclair and his team. A chemical link between resveratrol found in red wine and a group of enzymes known as sirtuins has been observed and documented. Sirtuins, can trigger proteins that rejuvenate all kinds of our bodies cells, fixing a multitude of ailments.
This is a big step towards dispelling all the hype about red wine that has led to an unregulated multi-million dollar, unscrupulous, health supplement industry to market high dosages of Resveratrol capsules to the public without any real research backing up their claims. There is still no findings that these high dosages are beneficial or detrimental to the human aging process. Sinclair’s new findings will help bring the medical, pharmaceutical and scientific communities together so that more rational, well tested approved drugs can be developed. The full findings of Sinclair’s associates can be read in Friday's edition of the Journal of Science.
So, red wine lovers, where are the best places in Philadelphia to clink your glasses and celebrate the good news?
When I’m in Old City Philadelphia, Amada at 217 west Chestnut street is the place with a great atmosphere and awesome wine selection.
In Center city and in the mood for real old world Italian food which has to be accompanied by a great vino, Vetri at 1312 Spruce Street is the place to relax. Let your hosts Mark Vetri or Jeff Benjamin suggest the perfect wine for the meal.
Walking hand in hand along the river at Penn’s Landing, Philly can be quite romantic especially if you’ve got reservations to dine on aboard a Clipper Ship! The Moshulu, docked at 401 South Columbus Blvd is an experience in seafaring nostalgia. And talk about a wine list, wow!
Of course drinking in moderation is the key to gaining any health effects from red wine. One large glass a day is the usual prescribed dosage. Over hydrate with wine or any alcoholic beverage and the harmful effects of the alcohol will negate the beneficial effects by far. Which is why, over the past decade red wine supplements in the form of capsules and pills have become such a booming business. So what are your favorite restaurants when you are in the mood for a glass of fine vino? And does it really matter if you drink red or white with meat or fish? Share with us your favorite wines for specific foods. Domestic or Imported?