There's nothing like a glass of crisp pinot grigio white wine to wash down a light pasta dish, or chardonnay to complement a shellfish feast. Whether enjoyed on a romantic date, a backyard summer BBQ with family members, or solo on the couch after a long workday, a refreshing white wine will go down easily. Satisfying your palate aside, white wine also brings about certain health benefits to your body. So, what are these white wine benefits? This post from Drinkies.ph will shed light on this matter and introduce you to some delightful white wines that are worth trying.

What exactly is white wine?

Every once in a while, we enjoy treating ourselves to wine. Wine is a great invention, and we adore it. An interesting fact about white wine is that it is made by the alcoholic fermentation of the non-colored pulp of grapes, which can have a skin of any color. Usually, white wine is produced mainly from “white” grapes, which are either green or yellow in colors, such as the Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon blanc, just to name a few. 

Red grapes can also be used to make white wine. Using grape juice and fermenting it without the grape skin is the key. Champagne created from Pinot Noir grapes is a well-known example of this type, which is known as the "blanc de noir” wine style.

The main difference between white and red wine also has to do with whether the grape juice is fermented with or without the grape skin. In white wine production, grapes are crushed, pressed while the skins, seeds, and stems are all removed before fermentation. Stainless steel vats are commonly used to mature white wine. Because there is little exposure to oxygen, the flowery and delicious flavor is preserved. However, there are always exceptions. Some neutral white wines like Chardonnay are often aged in oak to give it more complexity.

There isn't much of a difference between red and white wine in terms of nutritional value. A glass of red wine has 4 grams of carbs, whereas a glass of white wine includes 5 grams. Red wine contains 3.1 grams of alcohol per glass, whilst white wine contains 2.9 grams. Red wine, on the other hand, has much more calories than white wine, with 125 calories per glass compared to 115 for white wine.

8 significant white wine benefits

Certain studies have shown that white wine has its own unique set of antioxidants and health-boosting chemicals that sets it apart from red wine. So, whether you’re allergic to red wine, are searching for something light and refreshing for the holiday season, or just outright prefer white wine, here are seven health benefits of white wine that may inspire you to pour a glass.

White wine benefits heart health and metabolism

Researchers have indicated that drinking white wine in moderation can improve cardiovascular and metabolic function. In one study, researchers randomly chose 224 patients with well-controlled type 2 diabetes to drink either white wine, red wine, or mineral water with their dinners for around 2 years to determine the effect of moderate wine intake. At the end of the experiment, along with red wine drinkers, those who drank white wine also saw significant improvements. Most importantly, compared with those who only drank mineral water, white wine drinkers witnessed no increases in blood pressure levels or decreases in their liver function.

Another study found that consuming aged white wine had more heart-health benefits than gin. White wine, in fact, helped to repair endothelial cells that line blood arteries, providing cardioprotection. Inflammatory cells and pro-inflammatory indicators were also reduced as a result of moderate drinking.

White wine benefits lung health

This is one aspect where white wine may have an advantage over red wine in terms of health. While both white and red wine can improve lung function, white wine appears to have a greater impact.

In one study conducted by University of Buffalo researchers, 1,555 participants were assessed for lifetime alcohol intake, lifestyle habits, body measurements, and lung function. According to the findings, white wine drinkers had the highest concentration of protective antioxidants in their blood. In addition, following an analysis of all alcohol intake factors with lung function, both recent and lifetime consumption of wine had the strongest associations with volume forcibly expelled in one second and forced vital capacity. Noticeably, this association was stronger for white wine.

White wine boosts cognitive health

White wine is beneficial to the brain.  According to a Columbia University study involving over 1,000 people, drinking white wine in moderation may assist to strengthen brain cells and function, thus offering protection against cognitive decline. Another 2018 study from the University of Rochester Medical Center discovered that moderate alcohol use, such as white wine, can reduce inflammation in the brain and aid in the removal of toxins, especially those linked to serious brain illnesses.

For instance, the most frequent form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. It's a progressive disease that starts with moderate memory loss and progresses to the loss of capacity to carry out daily activities. White wine has been associated with increased memory function and general prevention of Alzheimer's disease due to its neuroprotective effects.

White wine can help with weight loss

Here's some good news for people who are attempting to lose weight. You can benefit from white wine as well. White wine contains some antioxidants called epicatechin, quercetin, and resveratrol that help to reduce cholesterol levels as well as disease-causing free radicals. What to do with all those hard-to-pronounce words? Well, they help you trim that waistline and get you in good shape.

Having said that, the antioxidants promote weight loss only when you drink one or two glasses of white wine per day. Remember that over-indulging will result in the opposite effect because calories can add up quickly.

White wine to reduce hangover

The hangover is a fascinating phenomenon. Why do we get hangovers after using alcohol? Simply explained, there is a pesky thing in alcoholic beverages called "congeners," which is a chemical byproduct responsible for the aroma, taste, and color of the drink.  Fortunately, white wine has fewer congeners than its red counterpart. Hence, you're less likely to feel hungover the next day if you consume white wine.

White wine controls the body glucose levels

White wine has been proven to help lower glucose levels. This is specifically important for those suffering from diabetics.  According to a January 2011 "Food and Function" study, polyphenols in white wine may prevent metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes by helping your body control blood sugar levels and fat metabolism.

In another survey in the National Library of Medicine, patients with well-controlled Type 2 diabetes can drink a moderate amount of wine with proper meals without triggering acute deterioration of glycaemic control.

Moderate white wine drinking improves the strength of bones

For those who suffer from weak bones but still fancy a cup of wine to tempt your palate, white wine is the answer for you. White wine contains a mineral that helps to strengthen and maintain bone density. Furthermore, moderate intake of white wine may lower the risk of bone illnesses such as osteoporosis.

White wine promotes good sleep

Similar to red wines, white wines also contain relaxing substances that help to calm the nerves. If you are unable to sleep well at night, you can drink a glass of white wine beforehand to promote good sleep. White wine acts as a supporter to relax and calm your mind when you are sleeping at night.

Best white wine bottles to reap all these white wine benefits

Yellow Tail Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is everything a great white wine should be – vibrant, flavorsome, fresh, and easy to drink. It is a well-balanced blend of grapes from Australia's most renowned growing regions. This white wine boasts delightful lemon melon flavors that are balanced by a subtle wood scent. The drink has a delicate yet refreshing texture, a well-balanced acidity, and a creamy, smooth finish that goes well with veggie salads with a light dressing, hot seafood, and sweet desserts as well.

  • Alcohol content: 11.5%
  • Price at Drinkies: 540 PHP

Yellow Tail Moscato white wine

Moscato is the Italian name for the Muscat grape, which is one of the oldest grape varieties known to humankind. Cultivated mostly in the Piedmont wine area in Italy and some regions in Australia, Moscato white wine is rich in floral and citrus flavors and is zingy, refreshing enough to satisfy your palate. 

It is also an easy-drinking wine. Its tropical fruit and fizzy flavor are a welcome friend at the end of a hard working day. Just serve with fish or chicken or your favorite spicy foods. Yellow Tail Moscato is also perfect with desserts such as strawberries and cream or chocolate cake. You can either chill it down to drink it neat or pour over ice with a splash of cranberry juice to have a delicious mixed drink.

  • Alcohol content: 7.5%
  • Price at Drinkies PH: 549 PHP

Jacob’s Creek Riesling

You can never go wrong with the zesty and stunning flavors of Jacob's Creek Riesling. This white wine has the cool scent of green apple mixed with a little sour of lemon. Furthermore, it combines perfectly the sour taste from the dandelion fruit with the gentle aftertaste of chalk.  In terms of food pairings, Jacob's Creek Riesling can make a match in heaven with seafood, chicken, and spicy Asian dishes - nearly all dishes from vegetables to bold meat-based ones.

  • Alcohol content: 11.1%
  • Average price: 630 PHP + 1 FREE wine glass

Jacob's Creek Dots Moscato white wine

Dots Moscato is a great-tasting candidate from Jacob’s Creek. This white wine is definitely worth taking a look at this holiday season, thanks to its stunning sherbet flavors and eye-catching bottle design. On the whole, Jacob’s Creek Dots white wine is a fun bubbly wine, with a delightful freshness that showcases the ripe tropical fruits and distinctive floral notes typical of a Moscato.

  • Alcohol content: 7.5%
  • Price at Drinkies: 630 PHP + 1 FREE wine glass

White wine benefits in moderation

All these above health benefits in the world of white wine don’t do much good if you consume too much of it. While a moderate amount of wine may be good for you, that doesn’t mean a whole lot of white wine is really good for you. Too much alcohol intake is linked to higher triglycerides, obesity, high blood pressure, and other negative effects that put your heart at risk. At the same time, it’s vital that pregnant women should not drink white wine or any alcoholic drinks. Alcohol intake during this period can cause birth defects in the baby.

To reap all these white wine benefits, follow the American Heart Association’s advice to practice restraint when drinking and limit your alcohol consumption to one glass per day for women and two glasses per day for men.

It’s high time to give white wine credit for what it can do to keep your body going strong. It may not be the elixir of life, but pair a glass of white wine with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, and you can enjoy a few health benefits with your indulgence. 

Drinkies PH

Drinkies is a one-stop shop of alcoholic things that offers cold drinks at 60-minute delivery speeds. As an eCommerce project of Heineken in the Philippines, Drinkies.ph provides cold drinks for your home parties, especially during the quarantine period, which is extremely essential. 

Here at Drinkies.ph, we offer a wide variety of drinks, not only chilled beers, red wines but also white wines, and other spirits or mixers as well. In addition, all orders are delivered at your preferred address at no extra cost and there's also a super-speed delivery mode for 60 minutes between 10 AM and 10 PM and for pre-order. Last but not least, you can also surprise your relatives and friends by ordering drinks as gifts from Drinkies. 

Hesitate no more, it's time to take a look at what we've got in store, make the most out of white wine benefits, and get ready to satisfy your palate right away. Cheers!