Red Wine vs. White Wine

Wine is a great choice of beverage.  It’s delicious, it’s sexy, and it’s great with food. With the many options and varieties of wine, sometimes it is hard to choose.  But to start, you have to choose between red and white wine, and sparkling if you consider champagne a wine.  Both red wine and white wine have benefits and drawbacks. 

Red Wine

Red wine is made of red and black grapes, with their skins. Red wines tend to have richer flavor and are great for the cold weather.  One thing red wine has that white wine doesn't is tannins.  Tannins are naturally occurring compounds found in the skin of grapes.  They add to the flavor and color of reds, making them more dry and add body.  Red wine is full of antioxidants, which can help prevent heart disease.  It can do this by raising good cholesterol levels and protect the arteries from damage. Red wine also contains resveratrol.  This antioxidant has the potential to prevent cancer cell growth.  It also has the potential to protect from atherosclerosis, a condition with fatty deposits in artery walls. For one glass of red wine it is about 74 calories. Red wine contains 0.9 g of sugar, and compared to our daily needs, it has 4% iron, 5% magnesium, 3.4% phosphorus, and 5% potassium.   

White Wine

White wine is made of white grapes, without skins or seeds.  White wines tend to be more light and fruity. White wine contains resveratrol, but not nearly as much as red wine. White wine is better compared to red because it does not stain your teeth like red does. One glass of white wine contains 70 calories, making them insanely close.  White wine contains 1.4 g of sugar, and compared to our daily needs it has 2% iron, 4% magnesium, 2.6% phosphorus, and 3% potassium.