swirling wineDrinking a couple of glasses of red wine every day isn’t just enjoyable, it could also save your life. Red wine is rich in a chemical called resveratrol. Research has shown that this compound reduces dangerous inflammations such as appendicitis and peritonitis. And while each glass of vino is being emptied you’re also reducing your risk of dementia.

An American study suggests that older people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol may have a lower risk of dementia. Researchers found people who consumed between eight and 14 alcoholic drinks a week had a lower risk of the disease than the general population – up to a 37% lower risk.

Why a moderate amount of alcohol helps keep our brains in order is not clear.

Animal studies have shown that low amounts of alcohol stimulate the release of acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain that is important in memory.

Now that scientists have uncorked wine’s secrets look out for a host of new treatments for our human diseases.

PG Wine Reviews

Aldi ToscanaStellenbosch Drive South African Chardonnay 2014

£4.99 Co-op (down from £6.99 until August 11)

Creamy apple with a hint of pineapple. Everyday stuff.

SPAR Spanish Tempranillo

£5 SPAR

Expect sour cherries and raspberry ripple flavours for your fiver. Good reilable stuff.

Cune Spanish Rioja Crianza 2011

£9.99 Majestic

Milk chocoloate, coffee, sour cherry and blackcurrant flavours all mingle into a quaffable red.

Chateau Reynon French Sauvignon Blanc 2013

£10.50 The Wine Society

A light Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of sweetness that matches most summer foods.

Vina Real Spanish Rioja Crianza 2011

£11.99 Cheers Wine Merchants, £6.55 half bottles from halfwine.com

Good fruity flavour of cherries and redcurrants with a light mouth feel. Bit expensive for what it is  but still nice.

This article also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk