For the cover of my book Wine & Health: Making sense of the new science and what it means for wine lovers, my publisher chose a painting portraying the story of the Triumph of Bacchus.
How are we supposed to know what to make of news about the science of wine and health, with seemingly contradictory reports becoming the norm? In my upcoming book Wine & Health: Making Sense of the New Science and What it Means for Wine Lovers, I take a skeptical approach, looking for the truth behind the clickbait and the hyperbole.
From hangovers to cancer, the danger from alcohol is due to a toxic metabolite called acetaldehyde. Studies suggest that metabolism of acetaldehyde can be enhanced, making moderate drinking safer.
It makes sense that natural wines should be healthier, but Dr. Baxter asks whether some controversial additives may actually make wine better for you.
Good wine gets better with age, but are aged wines better anti-aging remedies? This is likely true if some of the aging was in oak barrels. Aging wine in barrels is an ancient practice, and despite occasional excesses and changes of taste, it is as hard to imagine a big red without oak as it…