August 7, 1997 in Nation/World

Toast To Red Wine


Americans are putting their preference for chilled whites aside and uncorking more reds. Reasons include studies indicating that red wine may ward off heart attacks, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Wine sales in general have risen the past three years, and red wine consumption has more than doubled in the past five years. Adding to the trend, the government last year dropped wording in its official dietary guidelines that alcohol consumption in general is not recommended and took out a statement that it has no health benefits.

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