These choices are good tasting and good for you.

Did you know that every time you enjoy a glass of red wine, you are actually improving your health? You may have been drinking because you love it, but there is actually a health benefit to consider.

Acoording to the Mayo Clinic, the alcohol and antioxidants that are in red wine could help prevent coronary artery disease. This means it potentially could decrease the chances of suffering a heart attack. The antioxidants in red wine may increase high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels.

If you’re going to take the time to sip some wine and focus on your health, then you might as well enjoy the selections, right? Here are four red wines that you should consider having the next time you treat yourself or are out on the town.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Originating in France, this wine is known for its dark color. The alcohol content for most brands are over 13.5 percent and some versions can be as high as 15 percent. There is a significant tannin level, which is why you might feel your mouth drying when you drink it. You might notice a taste of green pepper, cassis, and dark cherries. Some brands also have a vanilla-like taste to them. While any wine can be consumed on its own, having this one with food is highly recommended due to the alcohol content. It would go well with almost any food you choose.


After Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is the second-most popular red grape in the United States. The name is French for “The Little Blackbird”. The high end of alcohol content approaches 14.5 percent. In the United States, you’ll find it in abundance in Washington State and California. Across the globe, it’s more popular in Australia and Chile. The taste could be described as plum-like with hints of chocolate. It’s a smooth beverage compared to others. If you’re going to have beef, roast chicken, or pork with your meal, order this to accompany it.


These grapes originated in Spain but now are among the most widely distributed in the world. Internationally it has peaked and dipped in the market, but it is enjoying a wave of popularity in recent years. The taste of this wine is undeniable. It has been described as similar to fruit candy with cinnamon. It’s among a group of wines that has a higher alcohol content (around 15 percent), but is lighter in color. The fruity taste may be why it doesn’t supply as much heat. It’s good on its own as well as a part of blends. It’s popular for fall and goes well with roasted vegetables and with prime rib.

Pinot Noir

No red wine list would be complete without this one. The people that enjoy this wine are enthusiastic about it. This wine is perfect for celebrating big occasions. It’s also known to the locals that produce it as red Burgandy. Alcohol content ranges between 12-15 percent, depending where it comes from. It’s more prevalent in cooler climates such as France and Burgandy. Aside from parties, Pinot Noir could be enjoyed with duck, salmon, and casseroles.