A Holiday Treasure: Wine and Friends

The unique benefits of both.

A Holiday Treasure: Wine and Friends
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Wine involves, better than any other refreshment, the competence to permeate its consumer with desire by the senses of sight, aroma, savor, and caress like no other alcohol. This is accomplished from the moment you notice it poured in the decanter or glass, through the moment its aromas stimulate your breath. At the same time, it caresses or flits across your tongue, until easily after the moment you sip it, with its lingering flavor.

Wine has been known, unlike any other refreshment or food, arouses the mind by its nearly wide variety. Indeed, if you somehow managed to sample every wine cultivated and prepared in one year, the transition of time would have you begin again within 12 months.

Alas, these very same wines would taste dissimilar a year afterward, bringing about a bottle maturing on their flavor, including the new vintages of those same labels would sample differently corresponding to fluctuations between one cultivating season and the next.

How does this affect us socially?

According to the investigation done in 2001 in the article titled, “Better Psychological Functioning and Higher Social Status May Largely Explain the Apparent Health Benefits of Wine” we may finally have some answers (Mortensen, 2001). The latest research reveals that moderate wine drinkers are healthier than those who consume other alcoholic drinks or those who refrain. The analysis was conducted with Danish volunteers to determine potential explanatory components related to the health improvements of wine consumption (Mortensen, 2001). This was done by observing a broad continuum of social, cognitive, and personality characteristics presented to both drink preference and health in adults (Mortensen, 2001).

Home for the Holidays: Wine, Friends, and Family

For most individuals, the finest wine they usually drink had more to answer involving who they drank it with instead of what they were eating, the location, and even the actual wine itself. The situation is fundamental to the most authentic indulgence of wine. Incorporating the two unique blends when shared with amazing friends and family will always elevate the experience.

Imagine a life when you tasted wine at a winery. At the same time, afford a view within a vineyard in veraison, including a time when the grapes begin ripening and fluctuating their color. Then you turn to see joyous company swayed with laughter while you hold this memory for future re-telling of good time stories. This experience affected you so much, and you so loved the wine that you procured a case of it at the winery.

When you had the next moment to pull the cork, you were alone and merely needed something to sip while viewing something on TV and waiting for your spouse to drive home from work. The wine just doesn’t taste the same. You remember the food, friends, and laughter while looking down at your glass, thinking that wine is a one-dimensional experience.

Results from the Danish study indicated that wine drinking was undoubtedly correlated with higher IQ, higher parental academic achievement, and higher socioeconomic status (Mortensen, 2001). Regarding identity, psychiatric manifestations, and health-related practices, wine drinking was accompanied by optimal overall functioning (Mortensen, 2001).

Their research concluded that wine consumption is a general barometer of excellent social, cognitive, and personality improvement within Denmark adults (Mortensen, 2001). Comparable social, mental, and personality considerations have been correlated with more vibrant health in many cultures. Consequently, the union between wine routines and social and psychological natures, in a broad spectrum, may clarify the noticeable health advances of wine. This includes the Danish epidemiological considerations of wine preference and health have disclosed many possible health benefits ascribed to drinking wine such as good self-distinguished health, fewer risks for stroke, benefits in supporting upper digestive tract, lung cancer, hip fracture and, perhaps further extraordinarily, to a lower rate of all-cause mortality as compared with refraining (Mortensen, 2001).

According to the Wine Index of Salubrity and Health (WISH), Wine differs from other alcoholic beverages due to the association with relaxation, contemplation, conviviality, festivity, and a particular measure of dry humor (Rossi & Fusco, 2019). It is practiced variously in numerous cultures to revere a personal celebration, complement a fine meal, or be an essential part of the routine diet (Rossi & Fusco, 2019).

Within history, wine has been utilized for medical purposes since 2200 BCE (Rossi & Fusco, 2019). There is currently new and increasing evidence that correct quantities of wine can be valuable to human health. Those who routinely drink wine with food have been recorded to have better self-reported health, higher self-esteem, and less psychological distress (Rossi & Fusco, 2019). Light-to-moderate wine consumption provides several beneficial effects on the skeletal structure, like decreased risk of fractures and bone mass loss, a 25–35% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and more robust sexual appetite among women (Rossi & Fusco, 2019).

How do we continue this unique experience, even during a pandemic?

Virtual wine tasting, whether you plan the event through a winery or you create it yourself, is a fabulous cross-generational family quarantine event or quarantine date night solution for couples. As always, this could be an optimal time to gain knowledge and experience about wine and discover a few new loved wines that you can comfortably order online! One of the best ideas that my family began doing to stay connected during quarantine and devote some QT or quality time/quarantine time collectively by planning virtual wine tastings together over Zoom. This can quickly be done by selecting a few of the best wines ever had, delivered promptly to your doorstep with brightcellars.com. During quarantine, another fun date activity is setting up a double date with friends over zoom and taste the same wines while talking about them and the ones you enjoy. I recommend taking tasting notes on the wines you like the best, including the cost for future purchases.

References

Mortensen, E. (2001). Better Psychological Functioning and Higher Social Status May Largely Explain the Apparent Health Benefits of Wine: A Study of Wine and Beer Drinking in Young Danish Adults. JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 18.

Rossi, A., & Fusco, F. (2019). Wine Index of Salubrity and Health (WISH): an evidence-based instrument to evaluate the impact of good wine on well-being. International Journal of Wine Research, Vol Volume 11, 23-37.

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Dr. Reanna Waugh PhD
Dr. Reanna Waugh PhD
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Dr. Reanna Waugh PhD

Dr. Reanna Waugh PhD Founder and CEO of Waugh's Holistic Wellness Center, Student, second PhD in Clinical Psychology, Life Coach at WHWC currently in Gladstone, MI (USA) with her husband, Kyle Waugh, a retired Veteran of the Air Force.

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