How to Make the Switch to Red Wine

If you have discussed wine with your doctor, they may have encouraged you to switch from white to red wine. While it may seem like an impossible task if you’ve always preferred white wine, there are plenty of red options that may become your new favorite.

Why Is Red Wine Better for You?

To understand why your doctor might recommend drinking red wine, here are some of the top benefits.

  • Antioxidant-Rich: Red wine is full of antioxidants, such as resveratrol and catechin that help the body dispel disease-causing free radicals and keep you healthier.
  • Reduces Cholesterol: Red wines, especially Rioja, can decrease low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in your body.
  • Keeps Your Heart Healthy: Certain antioxidants – called polyphenols – keep the veins pliable and free of blood clots.
  • Lowers Glucose Levels: Grapes have a special compound called resveratrol that works to lower sugar levels.
  • Protects Against Cancer: While nothing can completely keep you cancer-free, moderately drinking red wine can lower your risk of colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

Did You Know There are Many Different Types of Red Wine?

There are a wide variety of red wines produced around the world. These include single varietal wines (produced using one type of grape) and red wine blends that incorporate several kinds of grape. Each type of red wine is unique in flavor, body, and color. As such, you can surely find one you enjoy. Start with the following options!

Cabernet Sauvignon 

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most mainstream red wine. It is full-bodied and often has a dull cherry and vanilla scent. The tasting notes tend to be herbaceous with traces of green pepper. A good California Cabernet pairs well with steak and red meat dishes.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a light-bodied, light-red wine with a transparent appearance. The taste is mild, and the acidity is pleasant and lively. The flavor has hints of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry. Aromatic notes may also be present, which is why this wine goes well with mushroom-based dishes. 


This is another common red wine that has a fruity flavor and smooth finish. It goes well with poultry like chicken or turkey.


Don’t get this mixed up with the rose, white zinfandel. This red wine can vary greatly in flavor and often has a juicy quality or notes of strawberry. It pairs well with simple dishes like pizza or short ribs.

Syrah (or Shiraz) 

Europeans use the name “Syrah” while it is known as “Shiraz” in Australia, South America, and other regions. This is a full-bodied, smooth wine. It has hints of blackcurrant and plum and goes well with red meat or cheeses.


Malbec features a more purple than red hue and usually has flavors of plum and cherry. It sometimes also has a smoky taste. Malbec goes well with lean meats or spicy cuisine.

Lots of Choices Make the Switch Easy and Fun

Are you ready to start trying some red wines? With so many benefits and options to choose from, switching from white to red wine can be exciting and simple!