by Taetske | 12:14 pm
(Last Updated On: November 25, 2019)

 

Do you know what is in your wine?

 

Red and white wine

Red and white wine 

 

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water”- Galileo is credited with this quote. Now one should not forget that Galileo was born on February 15 of the year 1564 in Pisa-Italy. One of the wine country’s par excellence.  He died January 8, 1642, at the age of 78 years and that was very old for those times. I bet the drinking of wine must have helped him to remain healthy.

Galileo was an Italian astronomer and the discoverer of Ganymede, Europa, Callisto, Io, and the Rings of Saturn. He is famous for many other things, but that is not what this post is about. This post is about wine. In those times, one did not talk about GMOs and neither did one worry about pesticides. The wine you were drinking then was just fermented grape juice. The main problem in those times was when a tavern owner starting mixing water with the wine and you would not notice it anymore.

 

A little about wine in history

Wine has been present in history for a very long time. Many countries worldwide show evidence of wine drinking. Wine is known to have been consumed in the country of Georgia around 6000 BC. In 5000 BC people in Iran were drinking, and in Sicily, there is evidence of wine consumption from 4000 BC onward. It seems that the first recognized wine production facility was started in Armenia and it is thought to be at least 6100 years old.

 

Have a red wine in the bar

Have a red wine in the bar 

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A book on wine brewing

There is proof in 7000 BC that people in China were enjoying a drink which was based on the fermented grape.  The first Chinese monograph on the technology of yeast production and wine brewing was an important work written by Zhu Hong who lived from 1050 to 1125. He served as court gentleman consultant and at the Imperial Archives.

 

Bacchus, the wine god

You will probably have heard of the god Dionysus, also known as Bacchus. He is the god of the grape harvest and winemaking and a couple of more things but the connection with wine is the most important. Wine played an important role in Greek and Roman culture and the grapes were seen as a gift of this god and represented in a symbolic way, his incarnation in this world.

Bacchus has been often depicted and a famous painting is one of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio who lived from 1571 to 1610. Caravaggio was an Italian Baroque master and his painting is world known. You see Bachus painted as a young man loosely covered in a draped robe. On his head, he wears grape and vine leaves. Many famous painters have depicted Bacchus like the 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez.

 

The Triumph of Bacchus

The Triumph of Bacchus, painting Diego Velazquez 

 

Living in wine-producing countries

I have lived for more than half of my life in wine countries. In France, 5 years in Italy and since 1975 in different places in Spain. I have always loved red wine and most evenings I take a glass of this healthy elixir. Wine is cheap in Spain, so for normal house wine, you get something quite decent for around 3 Euros. If you know a little about Spanish wines you can buy a Gran Reserva for 5 to 6 Euros and they are really very good.

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Women should drink red wine in moderation

Women benefit from drinking a small amount of red wine, as it could reduce various cancers, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and seems to have a reducing effect on dementia and depression. I myself know by experience, having a good evening meal I can drink 2 glasses of good red wine.

I should not drink the third one as then my positive mood turns into being over sensitive and sad. So, have your glass of red wine a day, as it provides antioxidants and you might live longer as it protects against heart disease and inflammation. It shows drinking wine has a lot of benefits and is to be preferred above other alcohol or soft drinks.

 

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote, Canary Island 

 

70 Additives and chemicals

I really thought that I was living a good life and that everything was OK until I came across an email from Dr. Tom O’Brien which included some nasty news. I have already written posts on chemicals and the places where you will encounter them. They can be in your drinking water, in your food and even in the diapers of babies.

If that were not enough I now find that there can be up to 70 additives and chemicals in your wine. It seems that winemakers are allowed to introduce additives to wine, as it forms part of the mass production process. And there is no law yet, which obliges them to declare it on the label. Just imagine, when you are drinking your daily glass of wine, thinking you are doing something good for your health and enjoying the taste, it now turns out it is a health hazard. Unbelievable.

People may complain they cannot handle drinking wine anymore and thinking it is probably due to getting older. Well, that is not the case, it is due to all these undeclared substances which are mixed in your wine.

Wine has been known for at least 9000 years and has its roots in history and culture. In the old days, people would get drunk because of drinking too much, but they would not poison themselves. Sadly nowadays, a violation of the grape juice has come about. Once more a product that was perfect has been tampered with.

There are more things which have been tampered with and a good example is extra virgin olive oil. Such a shame one cannot lift one’s glass anymore and drink to somebody’s health. Investigate carefully before you buy your bottle of wine.

 

Vineyard

Vineyard 

 

Normal grapes versus organic grapes

A study has found that European wines are contaminated with pesticides. No pesticides are ever added to organic wine grapes. Still, there are many things in your wine which were not there years ago.

Spain has gone through its own fall and rise in wine history and nowadays its wines are known worldwide. From being invisible, it has now grown to be in third place in production. The country has 2.9, million acres (over 1.17 million hectares) of planted grapevines. First, come Italy and France, and behind Spain come the United States and China.
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Conclusion

What can one do? The answer is not easy. You might have to try many different wines in case you do not feel well. Often our body sends an alert if what we eat or drink is not good for us. Listen to those signals, they are not to be taken lightly.

Your wine should not be too cheap as it will be mass-produced and too many unnatural things added to it. It is sad, that once again men have to meddle with nature. I do hope you will be able to find the wine that suits your taste, pocketbook, and health.

 

Source Dr. Tom O’Bryan and the World Digital Library.org

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

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Comments

PeterMinea

Hello Taetske!

There are lots of things we can say about wine… I think that this is the oldest beverage in history, after the water. The Bible mentions it as well, from the time of Noah’s sons… Grapes are delicious fruits, and besides enjoying eating them, we can also turn them into this special, worldwide-known drink: the Wine.

I also came across the opinion that drinking a small amount of wine daily (like a glass of red wine) brings great benefits to one’s health. I personally don’t drink wine on a daily basis, it happens extremely rare, and we also know there are food receipts where we may use wine for making tasty sauces, of course.

Then, of course, there comes the carefulness part – be moderate and do not get drunk. And not only for driving-related concerns, that is for sure.

As for the additive part, those unknown substances can corrupt the nature of wine to such an extent that this beverage may become a problem for our health… I agree that producers should at least be more transparent about which additional ingredients they provide during the mass production process, if not leaving them apart entirely and preserve the natural aspect of wine.

Thanks for the antiaging content that you are promoting! Many of us are worried about aging issues.

Best regards,

Peter

Nov 25.2019 | 04:39 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Peter,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    I got interested in the anti-aging concept after my surgery in 2008. Finding a doctor who does not prescribe chemicals but bioidentical hormones saved me. Getting older does not mean you have to get ailments and it is normal. One should get older feeling happy and healthy and an anti-aging doctor can help you with reaching that goal.

    My website covers a lot of things related to health and I hope that people will find some useful information.

    It is very sad that so many good things get corrupted like wine, olive oil, and many more things. This is mainly due to human greed and it is a shame.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 26.2019 | 07:47 pm

Jake

Hi, being a beer drinker, I rarely drink wine. To my best knowledge, wine is made from grapes, in a big wooden barrel, and then the sun does the work.

its interesting, now that I have studied Galileo and wrote an article about him. I keep running into articles about him.

Bacchus is the god of wine basically and wine has been around for many thousands of years.  I agree that alcohol should have warning labels. They put then on tobacco and marijuana but they don’t for alcohol. 

Nov 25.2019 | 04:40 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Jake,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    I tried beer once in my life and could not stand it. I am very happy with my glass of red wine every day.

    First, the sun has to give the right amount of sunshine so the grapes can mature. Then the amount of rain is important and a lot of finetuning and loving care. To make a good wine it needs dedication and a passion which is often transferred from father to son/daughter. The different woods the barrels are made of play an important role too.

    I agree a label that shows additives/chemicals should be a must.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 26.2019 | 07:22 pm

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