IMG_3450Those with diabetes (like myself) may often run into social dilemmas of being offered a glass of wine, leaving many to wonder, “What is the protocol for drinking wine when you have diabetes?”. How much is too much, what types are healthier and why.

Wine consumption is still seen today as a sophisticated experience even for those who struggle with diabetes. While some will contend that drinking alcohol in combination of being a diabetic isn’t the healthiest choice, however many will find several health benefits from doing so. Medical studies have linked wine to lowering blood pressure and higher HDL (“good”) cholesterol, better insulin sensitivity, and a reduced risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Perhaps a glass of wine shouldn’t be overlooked when there are brands such as FitVine. With 5 wine choices: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and a special Holiday Red Blend which all have less sugar, sulfites, carbs and calories. IMG_3464FITVINE WINE “about” section:
“Resveratrol, polyphenols and proanthocyanidins are found in higher concentrations in grape skins from grapes grown in higher, cooler elevations. Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds are thought to have antioxidant properties, protecting the body against the kind of damage linked to increase risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol is found in the skin of the grape. Our wines can have up to 10x higher levels of Resveratrol than other wines.
Our grapes are grown in higher places such as here in the Sierra foothills above 2000′ elevation. Wines made from grapes from this area and elevation aid in the strength and concentration of beneficial compounds compared to warmer weather grapes. Our answer to this is a minimum of 10 day, extended whole cluster fermentation for maximum skin and seed contact.”IMG_3442IMG_3436I enjoyed the rich, bold decadent blend of black fruits, dark raspberry and chocolate it’s full body of robust favor hits the palette with a smooth taste with medium acidity and long legs. I felt it was well-balance right out of the bottle with little no decanting time. From the typically 5-ounce glass of wine that have approximately 120 calories I found the fact that FitVine only have an average of 3.0 carbs to be the healthier choice moving forward this holiday season.

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