By now most folks have heard last week’s news about the Harvard Medical School and National Institute of Medicine studies that highlight the extremely beneficial effects that red wine has on the health of mice. Researchers at these institutions have determined that high doses of resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, is the ingredient responsible for lowering the rate of diabetes, liver problems, and other fat-related illnesses.
It’s good to see these studies on resveratrol yielding the results they do. Yet while I don’t mind being scooped by other wine bloggers about this story, I haven’t yet seen any substantive dialog about how Americans will respond to it. Will people who don’t drink wine start drinking wine? Will white wine drinkers switch to red? Will we – wine drinkers and otherwise – just take a resveratrol pill instead? Heaven forbid we all decide we should someday take our wine in pill form when “quality of life” demands that we should each enjoy a real glass of red wine instead – for all the right reasons.
I humbly submit that only a grape can truly represent wine in pill form.