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What Wine Do You Drink When You’re Stressed?

As you know, I moved into my new home three weeks ago. While I’m having fun setting up a new home and exploring the new terrain, I’m a bit stressed. Yesterday and today, an issue with a delivery caused a lot of anger and stress. So the big question is what wine do you drink when you’re stressed.

Hopefully the wine will calm Kermit down
Hopefully the wine will calm Kermit down

Red Wine Has Benefits

Potomac Point Winery says that “wine is a drink that has been relied upon for centuries for leisurely enjoyment, pleasure and relaxation. This is because as an alcohol, wine has many sedative qualities that put your mind and body at ease. Studies have shown that drinking can reduce stress because it has such a naturally calming effect on the body.”


Eating Well adds to the argument by highlighting that resveratrol, a compound found in the skin and seeds of grapes and berries, truly does ease the body’s stress response. Potomac Point Winery goes on to say that resveratrol activates PARP-1, a stress-reducing protein that helps to repair damaged cells and genes throughout the body.



When you look up the topic of resveratrol and stress, you find hundreds of articles!

What Wines Do You Choose When You’re Stressed?

For me, I think of my most relaxing times. One of my favorite things to do is stretch out on the patio in the afternoon with a great book, great cheese and bread, and a great Rosé. This experience is so luxuriously refreshing and relaxing for me. But shoot. a Rosé barely has any resveratrol. You know what? I’m okay with that. The whole experience works for me.


Another non-resveratrol experience that works for me is anything sparkling – Sparkling Wine, Champagne, Cava, Prosecco. The magic of having those beautiful bubbles climb up your glass is divine. Having anything sparkling with fruit and cheese and crackers is perfect when you’re stressed.


If I want to throw a red wine in, I have to think of a red-wine time that was really great. Well, I think of wonderful dinner parties where the conversation, the wine and the laughter flowed. Usually, we were having a big,bad red – a Cabernet or Cabernet blend. So that will work for me too.

Do You Have Any Favorite Go-To Wines When You’re Stressed?

I’d love to hear what wines you’re drawn to when you’re not feeling as calm as you’d like to be feeling.


As an independent wine consultant with WineShop At Home, I absolutely enjoy bringing a taste of the Napa wine country home to you one sip at a time. Whether you simply love to drink wine, seek a special personalized wine gift, or are in search of a new wine jobs opportunity as a wine consultant, feel free to contact me for a truly unique wine tasting experience!

Cheers, Betty Kaufman
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