woman drinking wineRegular alcohol intake, of the moderate sort, improves the quality of life in middle-aged adults declares the latest research findings investigating the link between alcohol consumption and health.

Canadians aged over-50 were the subjects of this particular wine-is-good-for-you-study with many showing both ‘stable patterns of alcohol consumption’ and high scores on the Health Utilities Index: it seems if you want good memory, dexterity and mobility then drink a couple of glasses of wine every day.

But you’ll be doing that already won’t you? Because you’ll just be following the advice of all those other wine research boffins who found if you want to lower your risk of a heart attack then drink red wine (and the more mouth-dryingly tannic the better were the findings).

chocolateAnd if you want something to eat then make sure it’s dark chocolate – this helps improve memory just like all that red wine, oh and tea too by the way.

The news gets even better if you’re a woman because those glasses of red will keep you slim as you get older (in that particular study 40% of the alcohol abstainers became over-weight or obese).

It seems the women in the study who scoffed wine had little room left for scoffing food, so their overall calorie intake did not go up very much.
Unfortunately the scientists believe the findings may not apply to men. When men drink they tend not to substitute wine for food but consume both.

wine bottlePG Wine Reviews

Cuvée Pêcheur 2013, Vin de France

£4.99 Waitrose

A dry and lemony white. Quaffable as long as you like your wine dry.

Cuvée Chaseur 2013, Vin de France

£4.99 Waitrose

Meaty red. Good value.

Tesco Finest Sicilian Frappato 2013

£7.99 Tesco

Countryside flavours of elderberry and plum. A bit earthy and a tad expensive. But interesting.

Sula Chenin BlancVin D'Alsace Kuhlmann Pinot Blanc 2013

£8.99 Majestic

Apple, lemon and lime.

Cascina Polsino Italian Barbera D'Asti

£9.99 Lidl

Smooth cherry and chocolate flavours.

Grand Plaisir 2010, South African

£20 M&S

A lot of dosh but for an excellent wine. Smooth and rich with flavours of cherry, blackcurrant and chocolate mousse.

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

tape measureInevitably some of us will have put on weight over Christmas and, if like me, you not only cooked the food but ate it too then the waist-band button is probably straining a bit. One way of dealing with this post-Christmas excess is to be sensible and eat slightly less and exercise slightly more.

Aussie vineyardTop Ten Reds over £6 of 2014 this week. Here are the reds ranging in price from £7.49 to £11.99 listed in ascending order of price. Co-op here I come!

VineyardTop Ten White Wines over £6 of 2014 this week. There will also be a Paula’s Top Ten Red Wine choices over £6 of 2014. But no Top Ten Rosés, Sparkling Wines or After Dinner wines. Because this year has seen a dearth of great tasting and great value wines that are a delightful pink colour and an even greater lack of wines to match the cheese and nuts course. But slurpable whites at a reasonable price there have been, in abundance - which made it very hard to knock the list back to just the top ten. But here they are ranging in price from £6.49 to £11.10 listed in ascending order of price.