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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!

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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! 

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Grey clouds bringing you down? What better way to prepare for the summer ahead, than with some of these delicious sangria recipes.

Classic Sangria
You can’t beat this classic, all you need is a bottle of red, two tbsps. of sugar and of course, chopped fruit of your choice.

Strawberry Sangria
Perfect for the strawberry lovers out there. This recipe requires two cups of strawberries, a bottle of sparkling rose, brandy and some sparkling water to give it some extra kick.

Slushie Sangria
For a perfect a slushie you will need a lot of ice, white wine, orange juice, lime juice, honey and frozen peaches.  Place all of these ingredients in a blender for a yummy slushie result.

Apple Cider Sangria
This reminds us of cooled down version of mulled wine. This sangria recipe requires a bottle of red wine, two tsps. of vodka, chopped apples, 250ml of apple cider/juice and half a tsp. of cinnamon to give it a nice tropical effect.

Pineapple Mojito Sangria
To make this tropical treat you will need one pineapple, pineapple juice, a bottle of white wine, two tbsps. of sugar and 2 tsps. of rum for extra flavour.

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