Is That California Wine Good or Bad For Your Health?

Is wine good or bad for you? There have been many studies on this topic, and a back and forth battle on the health benefits of wine, and more specifically, red wine. CNN reported in March 2016 that Mediterranean countries have the second highest life expectancy right behind Japan. This is attributed to the active lifestyle, diets including vegetables and small amounts of meats, olive oils and of course, the consumption of red wine.

Research has also shown that a component in grapes and red wine (as well as berries) can actually turn excess fat in the human body into calorie-burning “brown” fat. This discovery suggests that diets containing resveratrol may help combat obesity. Of course, this is only if red wine is consumed in moderation.

How about the calories that are in a glass of wine? Well, Wine Folly has made an amazing chart that outlines this:

Wine Calorie Chart

If you could still use some guidance on what is a beneficial and healthy consumption of wine, and what may be too much for the heart, liver and weight loss benefits, this video from Dr. Josh Axe is very helpful. He outlines in detail the wine chemicals that are beneficial, the amounts to consume and why consuming too much may actually do the opposite effect.

How about heart health? Is wine good or bad for the heart? We keep hearing that wine is full of antioxidants that make it heart healthy. If you would like to educate yourself on this aspect of wine, The Mayo Clinic has a great article on resveratrol, red wine and the effects on the body by drinking a big glass of red. In the article, it states that wine can reduce LDL Cholesterol (the bad one) and can also prevent blood clots by thinning blood.

Beyond the heart, liver and weight benefits, red wine can also combat cancer cells according to this Huffington Post article. This publication also analyzes resveratrol (that magical compound) and how it has anti-aging properties and how resveratrol can actually fight precancerous and cancerous cells. Drinking wine can actually cause healthy cells to replicate, in short generating newer cells that replace older ones… Hence, the anti-aging properties. Pretty amazing stuff!

For every study that says something is beneficial, there’s another that says it’s not, so please do your own research. Cali Coast Wines just hopes you drink responsibly and in moderation, but do enjoy yourself. After doing your own research, what do you think? Is wine good or bad for you?


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If you’re planning a trip to Carmel, Monterey or Santa Cruz California, please do explore the lodging options and wine tasting rooms in the region. 



Visiting Carmel from San Francisco

Are you looking for a 1-2 night weekend trip and exploring options in Northern California? Are you looking for a destination that will provide wine tasting rooms, beaches, great food and art? Well, Carmel may be just the place for you to visit for your San Francisco wine weekend getaway. Depending on traffic and where you live in the San Francisco area, the drive is around 2 hours from The Mission in good traffic and the reward for the drive is amazing wine tasting rooms in a quaint little village that started as an art commune.

Depending on traffic and where you live in the San Francisco area, the drive is around 2 hours from The Mission in good traffic and the reward for the drive is amazing wine tasting rooms in a quaint little village that started as an art commune. Teeming with little shops, wine tasting rooms, art galleries, coffee shops and casual and upscale restaurants, Carmel By The Sea is a charming little town that must be seen!

In the last 5-6 years, the amount of wine tasting rooms has skyrocketed from a couple tasting rooms to nearly 20 tasting rooms. This is because Carmel and Monterey are now on the world wine map for making incredible wines. Not only are the wines highly competitive, but they’re also presented to the public in wine tasting rooms in perhaps one of the cutest little towns in America.

Wine Enthusiast has published on the Carmel By The Sea’s Wine Walk By The Sea. Even The Boston Globe has given recognition to Carmel and the Carmel Valley region when their writer Michele Bigley published on her experience staying in the Santa Lucia Mountains in 2015.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and you’re a wino, skip out of the Napa and Sonoma trip one time and make your way South to Carmel By The Sea. You’ll discover great wines at better prices, and the atmosphere just provides a uniquely different experience. For couples, I can’t imagine a more serene and beautiful landscape than sipping a Carmel Pinot Noir in this artsy village along the Pacific Ocean.

If you’re looking for Places to Stay in Carmel or to look at the Tasting Rooms in Carmel, Cali Coast Wines can guide you in planning your Carmel By The Sea wine vacation.

Here’s a great article from on visiting Santa Crus, Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco.

Monterey Listed As a Travel Destination by Wine Enthusiast

If you’re looking for a great travel destination for wine tasting that may be less busy than Napa Valley or Sonoma, California, why not consider Monterey? Listed as a Travel Destination by Wine Enthusiast, Monterey has a lot to offer when it comes to wineries, dining options and beautiful lodging and scenery along the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay.

In agreement with the Wine Enthusiast posting in 2013, September and October are the best months to travel to Monterey, California. Most of Northern California has a delayed Summer. Neighboring major city, San Francisco, is usually colder than most of the US through May to July. Summer doesn’t start picking up until August, but it goes well into Fall and sometimes will even dip into November.

Monterey and Carmel offer amazing Pinot Noir as well as full-bodied and earthy Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re into white wines and roses, there are also plenty to choose from including Pinot Noir Rose’s that are comparable to French wines, but with that New World wonder.

If you’re exploring options for a Wine Vacation, Monterey is a must do for any Wine Enthusiast! You can check out places to stay in Monterey and take a gander at the Monterey Tasting Rooms to plan your wine weekend to Monterey.

For those who live in San Francisco or the Bay Area, Monterey is an amazing getaway that can be easily done in a weekend. For those who live in Los Angeles, Monterey makes a great 3-4 day holiday weekend trip. For those traveling from afar, Cali Coast Wines recommends splitting this trip up and doing 3-4 days in Monterey, then traveling down South 20 minutes and doing 3-4 days in Carmel, California where there are 18+ wine tasting rooms all within walking distance from one another and the beach.

If you decide to plan a trip to this wine region, Cali Coast Wines is the one stop shop and website to help you plan and coordinate your vacation!


Here’s a great article about visiting Monterey posted by podcast and blog.