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Good news, ladies!

Not only can red wine improve memory and boost fertility, but a new study has found that a glass of vino could actually do wonders for your pearly whites.

But wait? What about the stains?

I have to admit that this was the first question that popped into my head after discovering the research, but as it turns out, certain components of the beverage could help fend off bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

Researchers at the American Chemical Society examined the effect of polyphenols, a chemical structure which is a known antioxidant, on oral health.

Results published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, showed that red wine actually reduces the ability of plaque-causing bacteria to stick to the teeth and gums – promoting an improvement in overall oral health.

The research also linked red wine to multiple health benefits including good bacteria in your gut and a lower risk of diabetes.

Not fond of the vino noir?

Not to worry, polyphenols can also be found in drinks such as coffee, green and black teas, and orange and lemon juice – but, just like most things, the positives will only be seen when consumed in moderation.

Cheers to that!


A new study has found that women who drink a moderate amount of red wine a week are more fertile than those who don't.

Now, depending on your life stage/ desire to start a family, this could be a good or a bad thing, so take from this what you will.

For the study, scientists at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, surveyed 135 women between the ages of 18 and 44.

Each participant was asked to keep an alcohol diary, noting the type of beverage and the amount of units they consumed each month.

Researchers also conducted regular ultrasound scans on each of the women in order to determine how many remaining viable eggs they had.

Results showed that those who consumed red wine on a regular basis had a better ovarian reserve, even when other factors such as age and income were taken into account.

Scientists believe this could be due to an antioxidant called resveratrol, which is a key component in red grapes, cocoa and blueberries.

However, these result should be taken with a pinch of salt as researchers say the fertility benefits are only enjoyed by women who drink moderate amounts of vino (approx. five glassed per month).

Speaking to The Times, Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, “This is an interesting study, albeit with a small sample size which means that it doesn’t reach statistical significance.”

“However, the exposure of the developing foetus to alcohol may cause irreversible developmental damage, so alcohol consumption should be less than six units [roughly two large glasses of wine] per week for women wishing to conceive.”

Cheers, ladies.


Get ready ladies, because we are about to give you some really excellent news.

According to a new study (thank you, science), some properties found in wine grapes have been linked to a sharper brain. 

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Over the years, several studies have highlighted the benefits of drinking a glass of wine a day, but this revelation is changing the game.

The David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California has shown that a polyphenol found in grape skins can strengthen brain activity. 

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The research revealed an impressive result on older case studies, who were experiencing cognitive decline or alzheimer’s and dementia.

The study claims that younger males and females could use the findings to their advantage, as a preventive method for possible neurodegenerative diseases.

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“The earlier you intervene, the less damage there will have been. Once there’s damage, there’s no reversing that,” Dr. Daniel Silverman, head of UCLA’s Neuronuclear Imaging Section, said.

Well, who are we to argue with that?

Pour yourself a glass. 



Not only is red wine our favourite drink, it is now our favourite beauty product. 

That's right ladies, there is a red wine face mask out there, and it will give the most flawless skin ever. 

Korean beauty company Watsons have created a red wine antioxidant facial mask. 

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The sheet mask contains polyphenols that combat free radicals and aid in skin rejuvenation, leaving you with more refined and supple looking skin.

Sounds delightful! 

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The instructions on the packaging says to "gently place the mask onto your face after cleansing. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then gently massage the remaining essence into the skin."

This gorgeous beauty treat can be purchased online, and costs €14.



If your desire to down a glass or two of red wine is often hampered by your desire to boast a set of pearly whites, you're not alone.

Having to do the classic red wine test after every glass can be a right pain in the a*rse, so when it sounded like wine accessory company, Oenophilia, had remedied our problem with a handy device, we were all ears.

Unfortunately though, the Wino Sippers device is little more than a built-in straw. (We're sorry.)

So, the good folk over at Oenophilia have basically designed a glass that features what amounts to a spout, so wine drinkers can guzzle down without experiencing the teeth stainage we all know and loathe.

Oh, and it also comes in at a cool $24 for a set of two glasses.

We don't know about you, but we'll either live with our blackened teeth or just use a plain old straw and save our money for an extra bottle of vino.



If pouring a glass of wine is a nightly ritual in your house, then fair play to you for looking after your health.

Honestly, you're a credit to yourself, and we should all take a leaf out of your book by the sounds of things.

According to a study conducted by researchers in Cambridge and Sweden,  partaking in a tipple – especialy a small glass of red –  can help protect against ischameic stroke.

Ischameic stroke affects the individual when clots cut off the blood and oxygen to the brain and the sufferer is forced to learn how to walk and talk again.

So, where does vino come in exactly?

Scientists established that any alcoholic drink less than 1.5 units reduces protein levels which are known to cause blood clots.

"Previous research has found an association between alcohol consumption and lower levels of fibrinogen – a protein in the body which helps the formation of blood clots," explained lead author Dr Susanna Larsson.

While the study revealed that participants who consumed 1.5 units per night were 10 per cent less likely to suffer an ischaemic stroke, researchers are eager to highlight the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

"The adverse effect of alcohol consumption on blood pressure – a major risk factor for stroke – may increase the risk of haemorrhagic stroke and outweigh any potential benefit," they explained.

Still, it's good to know that the experts are all for our nightly glass…


When we first saw this red wine grilled cheese on Delish, we were met with utter confusion.

We're super foodies here in Shemazing! HQ, and even though red wine and cheese separately is like a match made in heaven, slopping both of them together just sounded super-weird.

We were probably thinking waaay too much into this, so last night we decided to try it for ourselves… and it was a treat.

It was gooey and creamy, all the while having that dark, delicious red wine taste linger with every bite. And it was pretty easy to make.

All you have to do is make a grilled cheese like you normally would, and then make a red wine reduction, which you can find a recipe for here.

Now, relax, pour yourself a glass of vino and eat that beautiful mess.


When we saw red wine hot chocolate become Internet-famous, we thought our Friday nights were made forever. Sure, what's better than sitting in by the fire with a cup of boozy hot cocoa?

Well, we'll tell you what's better. Red wine brownies. Mmm hmm…

Cosmo came across a recipe for 'Red Wine Brownies with Drunken Cranberries' by foodie blogger A Cookie Named Desire, and they look divine.

Amanda from A Cookie Named Desire begins by telling us we should use a full-bodied wine (so none of that cheap Lidl stuff) in order to get really gooey, gorgeous brownies.

Here's the recipe so you can make it for yourself tonight… because Wednesday's are hard, right?


  • 3/4 cup of red wine (or you know… more)
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 6 oz of dark chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


1. In a small bowl, mix the red wine and cranberries together and allow to sit for 30 minutes to an hour or until the cranberries look plumped.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degree and grease and flour an 8 by 8 inch pan.

3. Mix flour and sea salt in a bowl and set aside.

4. In a mixing bowl over boiling water, heat the butter and chocolate until just melted and mixed together.

5. Remove from the bowl from the heat and add the eggs one at a time.

6. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and mix, then add the flour and mix well.

7. Add in the red wine and cranberries, then fold in the nuts.

8. Pour the mixture in the baking pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out with only crumbs.

9. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan about about 25 – 30 minutes in the pan, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.


We love coming home after a long week and having a glass of wine, and now it seems you can get PAID for doing just that.

Northumbria University is doing a research piece about the effects of red wine on the brain because they believe it can actually improve your mental function! Interesting…

Scientists at the uni believe that a compound called resveratrol, which is found in grapes, has an effect on your brain when working.

However, if you want to take part you'll have to travel over to the Newcastle in the UK.

PhD student Timothy Eschle told ITV news: "There are a number of benefits to consuming red grapes.

"A specific extract from the skin of red grapes, resveratrol, has been found to increase blood flow to the brain and in some cases, increase mental performance on cognitive tasks.

"Most studies have been carried out in young adults at the peak of their cognitive abilities, thus the benefits of resveratrol are expected to be more prominent in older adults who may suffer a slight natural decline in certain aspects of mental function such as memory and reaction time," he explained.

"We also want to establish whether resveratrol can affect mental function at altitude, which often impacts on people’s performance."

People who want to take part in the study will be paid £30 (€35) and will also get a glass of swanky red wine.

You can sign up here if you're interested.


To many of us, the ideal amount of red wine to have everyday is probably leaning towards a bottle, but researchers have apparently nailed the actual ideal amount to consume to keep us alive and kicking. 

Alas, it's not the bottle we dream of, but it's not "you should NEVER EVER drink wine," either. 

Scientists in Israel gathered up a group of 224 people that has type 2 disbetes. The participants had to follow a strict diet plan for two years, and opt to either drink a glass of water, white wine or red wine each night with dinner. 

And the results were actually quite shocking!

The red wine drinkers were noted to have significantly increased their levels of good HDL cholesterol, and both wine drinker were found to have better sleep records than the water drinkers. 

So, the perfect amount of wine to drink everyday is a glass with dinner! Sounds good enough for us!



Drinking wine, in theory, is simple enough: You buy a bottle, open it, pour it into a glass (we hope), and drink. 

But by doing just that, you are apparently missing out on everything the wine has to offer. Oh no!

Marie Claire chatted to Susan Lueker, a wine expert, to get the details on all the ways you're probably doing this whole wine thing wrong. 

Stop serving wine so cold

"Over-chilling whites is the mistake I come across most often," says Susan.

"When a wine is too cold it deadens the aromatics. It should only be chilled to about 10°C, a little less for fuller bodied wines and a little more for lighter bodied wines."


And stop serving your reds at room temperature

We know most people think it's a since to chill a red wine, but wine expert Susan, thinks different. 

"Lighter bodied reds including Pinot, Zinfandels, and Port wines taste better with a slight chill around 13 to 16°C," says Susan.


 Let them breath

"Letting all wines breathe just a bit after opening will help them show their best." 

"One thing I learned from a master of wine is that white wines can really benefit from breathing. Experiment with it and see what happens.​"


Stop trying to age all your wines

"Most whites show best within 1 to 2 years of the present vintage, so if it's 2015 don't buy wine older than 2013. Reds can get better within about 3 to 5 years unless they are more expensive – those can age for 10 to 20 years."


Stop holding the middle of your glass

Make sure you use the stem of your glass when drinking; it's there to keep your hot little hands away from the wine! 


After the great news earlier this month that chocolate can actually be good for you, we have found something just as exciting.

Apparently, red wine can help you lose weight… and we are SO happy about this!

New research has found that an ingredient in berries and grapes can turn fat stored in your body, into calorie burning fat.

This ingredient, resveratrol (an antioxidant), can also be ingested by just eating the grapes and berries of course, but drinking some red wine in moderation does the trick nicely too.

In a study conducted by researchers at Washington State University, mice were fed high-fat diets and split into two groups: one was given resveratrol and the other wasn’t.

This was tested on mice in which researchers discovered that the group of mice given resveratrol gained about 40 percent less weight than the other group who weren’t.

The lead researcher in the study, Professor Min Du, explained how resveratrol works “They convert white fat into beige fat which burns lipids (fats) off as heat, helping to keep the body in balance and prevent obesity and metabolic dysfunction”