Sunday, January 25, 2009

Do you know French Paradox ?

cahors wineThe French Paradox is the observation that we, french from South-West France, suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease. It has been suggested that red wine consumption is a primary factor in the trend, particulary because of a phytoalexin called Resveratrol. This theory was expounded in a 60 minutes broadcast in 1991.

One potentially highest and delicious source of resveratrol is wine made from the thick-skinned malbec grape, the main variety in Cahors wines.

Château Paillas vintage 1996 was the test wine used in an experiment by Erik Skovenborg in 2000 (and published by the American Heart Association) to examine the isolated and combined effects of red wine solids on mature atherosclerosis-prone apoE deficient mice... And why ? The chosen red wine was selected for its high content of phenols, and the fact that it is not matured in oak tree barrels, which could add additional oak specific phenols to the wine.

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