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Heart Healthy Reds

Even though February was Heart Health Month, here at Well Produced we think it’s important to make heart-healthy choices year round. This week we’ve put together a collection of red wines that are good for your heart- and your wallet! We’ve chosen six varietals from around the globe, each under $25.

According to the Mayo Clinic (they’re the experts!), antioxidants in red wine have been shown to “prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the ‘bad’ cholesterol) and prevent blood clots.” If you want to read more about the benefits of drinking red wine without the technical jargon, this article from LIVESTRONG is a good place to start.

Here are our picks:

2012 Nine North Wines Seven Sinners Petite Sirah, California – This vintage shows velvety textures upfront followed by deep rich flavors of blackberry jam, blueberry and spice, resulting in a long deep concentrated finish. Opulent and concentrated, while maintaining a food friendly balance, this wine is showing beautifully right now and will continue to age gracefully for the next 7–10 years.

2012 Airfield Estate Runway Syrah, Washington – This dark, concentrated Syrah possesses flavors of dark berry, clove, and white pepper. With silky smooth tannins and a plush round mouthfeel, this well-balanced wine pairs great with lamb, beef, and aged gouda.

2012 VINI Merlot, Bulgaria – Deep ruby color. Aromas of toasty black raspberry pie follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium body with very good balance and light elegant depth. Finishes with a drying, powdery tannin fade. A very nice table wine.

2013 Maipe Malbec, Argentina – This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas; rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza.

2012 Auspicion Cabernet Sauvignon, California – A classic Cabernet in structure and flavor, Auspicion Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with juicy black fruit and ripe berries, balanced by silky tannins. The lingering finish is accented by touches of chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. Full in body, this is a complex wine that is ready to drink upon release, yet will continue to develop in bottle for up to five years. Enjoy with roasted and grilled meats such as leg of lamb, prime rib, or porterhouse steak.

2013 Louis Changarnier Pinot Noir, France – Elegant ruby color with an airy aroma of raspberry and cherry, and a hint of spice. Light, sweet cherry flavor on the brink of ripeness with an underlying touch of raspberry. Medium bodied, with a soft velvet finish. Serve with all meat, poultry and pasta dishes. Excellent with cheese.

Find the curated collection here!

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Aidan O'Leary

As the Well Produced food contributor, she tries to focus on seasonal dishes that span the entire spectrum from clean eating to comfort food. She loves peonies, ponies, and paper (of the hand made variety).

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