Should I start having wine with dinner if I don’t drink?

As I have been talking with friends about my book on the health benefits of wine these past couple of months, several have said something like “that’s interesting but I don’t usually drink. Should I start?”  It’s an important question, and the answer not so simple. For someone who has a history of problem drinking,…

Wine, cheese, and the French Paradox in Walla Walla

I enjoyed participating in the recent Wine BloggersConference in Walla Walla, where I gave a talk on wine and health, and I have been looking for a way to tie it all together. Since I write about wine and health, I’m in a niche slot. I don’t review wines, like most bloggers at the conference,…

How globalization of drinking habits threatens the French paradox

It seems that the more studies we see on the relationship between wine and health, and the larger they are, the more contradictory the results. Headlines summarizing comprehensive international studies declare the French paradox dead, and all alcoholic beverages are equally detrimental. I think there is an overlooked explanation for this: over the past several…