Wine Education on Red Wine and Fish

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Wine Education on Red Wine and Fish

We're always happy to see people focusing on enjoying their wine instead of worrying about arbitrary rules, but there's often some wisdom behind the conventional thinking. What is the deal with red wine and fish? Here are some thoughts from scientists and wine lovers.

The American Chemical Society probably isn't the first place that comes to mind for advice about choosing wine. Yet, it was almost 10 years ago that they published the first scientific findings about why red wines and seafood sometimes clash, and sometimes play well together. It turns out it all depends on the iron content of the wine. Too much iron, and you get an unpleasant aftertaste. Lower levels of iron, and you'll probably enjoy your dinner.

Before you get too excited about being able to replace your iron supplements with a nice Cabernet, you better slow down. A single glass of red wine can contain almost 5% of the RDA for iron, but it also contains tannins that block the absorption.

On the other hand, you can still enjoy red wine for itself and its many proven health benefits like fighting aging, boosting heart health, and burning fat. If you want to savor it with fish, you also want to keep in mind that while delicate dishes may usually suggest a white wine, darker and oilier fish like tuna and salmon can be great with reds like Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Contact us to find the right wine whether you're serving fish, meat or tofu for dinner. We'll help you pick the perfect bottle for any occasion.

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