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Wine, You Make Me Feel So Good

We all want to feel good about our wine (not just feel good with our wine.) But how? Making your wine consumption part of a healthy lifestyle is one way to start. Choose wines made with a philosophy that says we should be kind to the land and kind to each other, too. Here are a few ways to do right while spending your wine dollars on Cabernet Sauvignon with The Traveling Vineyard.

To Your Health. Tastes Great. Less Filling.

Whether you call yourself a “foodie” or a “wine geek”, you’ll definitely see the benefits of eating healthy with some of our “lighter” food pairing recipes that pair with our featured wines.

In case you’re counting calories and getting ready for bathing suit weather, here’s how the numbers work:

* for an average 13% alcohol wine

Tastes Great. Less Filling.

The age-old battle continues. But when it comes to wine vs. light beer, how does vino stack up for the calorie conscious imbiber? It turns out that wine wins again! If you’re going low-carb with your diet, a 12 oz. glass of light beer has four times as many carbohydrates (4.6g) as a 5 oz. glass of white wine (1.18g). Low carb wine lovers, reach for a glass of white.

It’s not just about the food. There can be health benefits to wine consumption too. Choosing red wines that are high in resveratrol is also smart. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring compound found in winegrape skins that is touted as responsible for slowing the progression of or inhibiting cancer, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, viral infections, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies of this link between red wine and health began back in the early 90’s with a segment of 60 Minutes called the French paradox in which the French were found to have lower rates of heart attack because of a diet high in wine and cheese. This theory has also been substantiated with recent studies. We need no further proof to toast to your health!

Our 2006 Paseo Prestige, Cabernet Sauvignon, Unfiltered, Maule Valley, Chile is one such Chilean red naturally high in this antioxidant compound. To craft this wine, we worked with the del Pedgregals, a prominent Chilean family now in their seventh generation of managing the Carta Vieja estate. From this long heritage comes the kind of experience wine lovers can rely on for consistent performance.

Go Green.

Natural wines are not just hype. Green wineries that practice sustainable agriculture and are dedicated to the land can make wines with a real difference. This is because green wine is more likely to reflect the terroir than the winemakers desire to create a certain type of wine.One of our partners who sources from this type of “green” vineyard is Stonehedge Winery. They may not be certified “organic”, but they’re choosy about who they pair up with. (Restrictions make it difficult for many wineries to achieve the term “organic” on their labels; often the guidelines are so strict that only the big producers can achieve it.) They work with vineyards that employ natural farming practices across California. (See map below.) These quality sites from Mendocino in the north to Santa Barbara in the south have helped them build a stellar reputation as a quality small-medium sized producer and a regular winner in wine competitions.Our winemaking team of Francis Sanders along with Shahin Shahabi and Jon Alexander-Hills of Stonehedge recently completed the 2009 Chesterton, Cabernet Sauvignon, California at Stonehedge’s Napa facility. They combined their 50+ years of experience in the business on this wine using choice lots of fruit from across the Golden State. Order our newest wine today and experience the individuality of this 90% Cabernet Sauvignon/10% Tempranillo for yourself!

Give back.

Lift your glass for a cause with the 2005 Uva Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Mendoza, Argentina . As one of our most popular Cabernets, its label dons the image of red wine spattered across a white table cloth, (something that all red wine lovers can unfortunately relate to!) Also notice the multi-colored ribbon icon on the bottle Supporting Autism Research. Thanks to a collaborative effort with winemaker Bruce Hopkins, a percentage of the proceeds from the Traveling Vineyards bulk purchase of this wine goes towww.nationalautismassociation.org. So, with this big, brooding selection, you’re not only getting a fabulous Cab, but you’re supporting autism research in the process!

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