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Scientists in the UK are suggesting that red wines from two small regions, one in South West France, the other the island of Sardinia, have the the highest concentrations of a chemical that underlies the drink’s well-publicised benefits for cardiovascular health.


The Times

“Wines from Nuoro province in Sardinia, and Gers in the foothills of the Pyrenees, are particularly rich, containing up to ten times more of the beneficial compounds than alternatives from Australia, South Africa and the United States.
The new study, published in Nature, has identified that one particular group of polyphenols, known as polymeric procyanidins, offer the greatest degree of protection to human blood-vessel cells. Pro-cyanadins suppress production of endothelin-1, a protein that constricts blood vessels.”

5 Comments »

  1. alfonso says:

    that may explain why I have gotten several inquiries from producers from Sardegna lately…hmmm, looks like a road trip is in order ;) -AC

  2. Betty C. says:

    My husband keeps telling me how fantastic Madiran is (forget the health point) — but usually when we have bought it, we have been disappointed. A friend just sent us some so I hope these bottles will stir up my husbands “remembrances of Madirans past…”

  3. Andrew says:

    A very good friend of mine is a huge fan of Madiran – I have had a few good wines over the years but generally find them dry, overly tannic, big and rustic… not a great fan really.

  4. The report in Nature was excellent but it is worth noting that there are more wines than Madiran produced in the Gers.
    Try some of the Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne producers – particularly the independants see: http://www.vigneron-independant.com/annuaire/resultat2.php.
    Many of these, whilst good quality wines, are not quite as heavy and overly tannic as the Madiran wines can sometimes be.

  5. Andrew says:

    You are quite right Karen – Madiran though is the more familar name on the high street in the UK I think and so distinctive too.

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