Vinotherapy: Beautification from Wine
Thursday September 20, 2018
We all know the basic purpose of wine: to be savoured and enjoyed. However, there are other motivating factors to have wine every now and then. One of the well-known reasons to drink wine is because of its many health benefits. With several studies confirming its effect, we read and hear people comment that wine has become their dinner must-have or their usual drink after a terrible day at work.
Going beyond wine’s effect on our mental disposition, here are some observations when drinking wine:
Polyphenols, a plant-based compound that helps speed up blood circulation by widening vessels can be found in red wines. By having blood properly flow, our brain receives ample sugar and oxygen which in turn helps in boosting brain activities. In addition to this, wine helps the body to better digest calories that can cause inflammations [that can lead to other risks such as heart disease].
As old age arrives the body is immediately susceptible to changes – such as loss of bone density. With lesser mineral, the bones get fragile over time. Wines, in particular, red ones, have high silicon levels that can reduce the chance of having osteoporosis. Not only that, a study done in Israel discovered drinkers have better levels of good HDL cholesterol compared to water drinkers.
Skin-deep Vino Beauty
Wine and beautification? Sounds unreal?
Drinking wine really has its fair share of benefits. But wine doesn’t just stop there. Do you know that wine is also present in skincare! Wine is actually one of the most interesting ingredients found in skincare today. Tracing back history, the idea of using wine for skincare purposes has been in the around since the Medieval ages. It is said that elite or the upper class would use grape seeds to exfoliate their skin making it supple and soft.
Today, this wine pampering service is called ‘vinotherapy’ [vinotherapie] or the act of using remnants of wine production or grape residue on the skin. According to research, the grape - especially its seeds, skin, and the pulp - is full of resveratrol which improves cells resilience and endurance. This idea was further developed by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, a French couple who started the brand Caudalie in 1995.
Caudalie Paris patented the use of grape produce such as the sap, seeds, and stalks in its beauty products. They have also opened up a ‘vinotherapie spa’ offering various luxuries therapies and services - and you guessed it, with the use of grapes! The spa itself is a beauty to experience already: with the panoramic views of the vineyards and comforting ambiance of wood and lavishly uncomplicated interiors. Here you can avail of different treatments from facials to pool baths.
Vinotherapy is the best thing next to drinking wine! But if going to a spa is not in your schedule yet, then these products might just be your next wine habit!
A hydrating wine mask by Arcona has wine extracts, resveratrol, grapeseed, and added vitamins as well! This mask will not only help with firming the skin but also invigorate cell renewal. The brand also has wine oil which helps reverse sun damage.
What’s the best way to get wine near your lips without drinking it? Lip mask of course! The champagne lip mask by Bite Beauty is loaded with resveratrol that is equivalent to more than 10 glasses of wine.
The hair is the crowning glory. So, it is not rocket science when you use wine-infused shampoo from Vine de la Vie to cleanse, strengthen, and volumize the hair. Lastly, if you are fixated on getting your daily dose of vitamin C, then Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is the perfect must-have. With its high concentration of grape vine sap it helps boost radiance and even out skin tone.
For good old ways of enjoying wine, then let these wines be your companion choice.
A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 should have been purchased before it began to soar in value because of the significance of the number 8 in the Chinese culture (denoting good luck). Representing 40% of the production, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, earth, cedar and asphalt. Full, rich and stunningly concentrated, I doubt it is inferior to the 2010, just more classic as well as slightly more forward and a degree weaker in alcoholic potency (12.5% versus 13.5%). The 2008 should be relatively drinkable in 6-10 years as it is already showing remarkable complexity and breed, and will last for 30-35 years...at the minimum. - 98 points, Robert Parker
Aromas of blueberry, purple fruits, violet petal, blue slate ... moss. Full body yet compacted and compressed with amazing mouthfeel of fine-grained tannins. Structured yet superbly balanced making it so attractive now. 2,300 bottles made. Drink or hold. – 98 points, James Suckling
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 The Laird is a little restrained to begin, opening out after a few moments and much coaxing to an extraordinary array of creme de cassis and black plum-based aromas with underlying chocolate box, licorice, exotic spice, oolong tea and clove hints with a touch of earthy loam. Richly textured, dense and with a provocative meaty/earthy/savory, the palate is complex and layered revealing menthol and ripe black fruit notes interplaying with firm, velvety tannins through to a very long, opulent and harmonious finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2030+. – 100 points, Robert Parker