Interest in wine science has grown enormously over the last two decades as the health benefits of moderate wine consumption have become firmly established in preventing heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia. The growth of molecular biology has allowed proper investigation of grapevine identity and lineage and led to improvements in the winemaking process.
This book explores the history and appreciation of wine, its early role as a medicine and modern evidence on how and why wine protects against disease. It also addresses genetic modification of the grapevine, long recognized as a natural process, and of the microbes involved in the making of wine. Pharmacologists, biochemists, epidemiologists, physicians, and public health officials will find this book not only a wealth of data, but also a fascinating read.
Table of Contents
Drinking Wine. The History of Wine as a Medicine. Wine in Archaeology. Phylloxera. Wine and Heart Disease: A Statistical Approach. Biological and Biochemical Actions of Resveratrol. Wine, Alcohol and Cardiovascular Diseases. Polyphenols in Red and White Wines: A Joint Venture Between Hydrated Electrons and Protons. Grape and Wine Flavonoids and Stilbenes. Modern Biotechnology of Wine Production. The Parentage of Wine Grapes. Wine and Migraine. Wine: Protective in Macular Degeneration. Antimicrobial Effects of Red Wine Estate Vineyard, Australia.