What is Shiraz

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Shiraz is a red wine with two names, making it a bit confusing for those who are not well-versed in the language of wines!

What is Shiraz?

Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is a full-bodied red wine made from a dark-skinned grape variety.  It has a long history as it was named after the city of Shiraz in Iran, a city of literature and gardens, where it was produced. However, the modern-day Shiraz grape is said to have originated in France 2000 years ago.

Many people wonder whether Shiraz and Syrah are the same things, and the answer is yes. Legend has it that when Syrah grapes arrived in Australia, the locals pronounced it as Shiraz. Australia remains one of the largest producers of this delectable wine, along with France and California.

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If you hold a glass of this wine up to the light, it will be practically opaque. When you’re drinking this wine, expect the taste of dark fruits, like blueberries or jam, as well as a peppery finish. Pair this heavy red wine with chocolates, cheese or smoked meats and enjoy the delightful flavor combinations.

Nutrition Facts

A standard pour of this wine (5 oz) contains about 122 calories, which is comparable to many popular red wines, such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. Remember, however, that excessive amounts of alcohol can have side effects, so it should always be drunk in moderation.

Health Benefits

Shiraz/Syrah has a number of health benefits, but only when enjoyed in moderation. Let’s take a look at the top health benefits of this particular red wine variety.

  • It contains heart-healthy antioxidants which can prevent chronic diseases, including arthritis and inflammatory issues.
  • It promotes weight loss, as it is lower in calories than many other alcohols, by volume.
  • It helps restore collagen for skin health.
  • Resveratrol, in this wine, is neuroprotective and can improve memory, as well as lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Red wine has been shown to reduce the risk of various conditions and chronic diseases, including stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. It also reduces the chances of osteoporosis and cataracts.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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