What is Malbec Wine

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Malbec is a dark red or violet wine, that is favorite around the world. But did you know that it may actually be good for you as well?

What is Malbec Wine?

Malbec is an intense red wine made from the malbec variety of grapes, which was, until recently, used as a blend with other wines. Most commonly thought of as a South American wine, it is now produced in other areas of the world as well. However, modern wine drinkers have come to appreciate its fruity flavors and easy drinkability, along with the lower price tag. It is full-bodied and typically dry, but with heavy berry notes, and should be served just a few degrees below room temperature.

Nutrition

A 5 oz pour of this red wine has roughly 122 calories and 4 grams of carbs, along with a wide variety of antioxidants and active ingredients that provide a number of health benefits.

Health Benefits

  • Malbec grapes have a particularly thick skin, which means they have a large amount of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that plants produce to fight off stress.
  • Resveratrol helps regenerate damaged cells and prevents cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer and other neurodegenerative problems.
  • This wine generally has more antioxidants than other red wines. More specifically, it has twice as many as a cabernet and four times as many as a Merlot.
  • New studies show that resveratrol may actually slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Regular red wine consumption has been linked to lowered risk of prostate cancer.

Uses

Many studies recommend drinking one glass of red wine each day, for all the health benefits listed above. Malbec pairs well with lean meats and dark poultry, as well as certain sharp cheeses.

Malbec vs. Merlot vs. Cabernet

  • Malbec grapes are small and ripen early. They are sharp and tangy.
  • Merlot grapes also mature early and have a higher sugar and alcohol content. Merlot is full bodied and smooth.
  • Cabernet grapes mature much later. Cabernet wine is also aged longer, making it more mellow and easier to drink.
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