That moment during dinner when I pop the cork gives me chills. It’s the moment that brings me closer to the liquid euphoria which is dry red wine.
I started drinking wine when I turned 21 – I never drank at all before that, unlike many young adults. My boyfriend at the time was significantly older, and wine was his preferred alcoholic beverage. The second I turned 21, he poured us glasses of Merlot. As the smooth, robust flavor coated my taste buds, I decided I’d be a wine drinker for life.
What I didn’t realize was how much wine would actually become part of my daily home routine. Back in my early twenties, I drank wine occasionally; but in my late twenties, it became a nightly ritual.
The wine I drink varies between Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Zinfandel and Merlot. I love them all. I also like wines in all price ranges. In other words, I’m the non-snobbiest wine drinker around. I’ll drink a Chardonnay when I’m craving a dry white, but most often I prefer reds.
Many people ask me how, at 30 years old, I virtually have no wrinkles on my skin. I fully credit my red wine routine. It has been proven in studies that the antioxidant compound resveratrol, found in red wine, has anti-aging properties and could extend longevity.
You don’t have to drink a bottle of wine per night to receive the benefits of red wine (actually, one glass for women and two for men is enough). I know I will savor wine for the rest of my life. Except when I get pregnant, of course – that’s the only time that I can envision myself switching to sparkling grape juice for nine months, and it will be completely worth it.
Author’s Note: Please enjoy your wine responsibly. Never drink and drive.