Wine and chocolate; the perfect match for any girls’ night, movie night, or special occasion, like Valentine’s Day. It’s a match that never fails, but might leave us feeling a little guilty in the end. Well, I am here to put an end to some of that guilt you are feeling! Chocolate, wine, and socializing can actually provide some health benefits for you. Yes, I said health BENEFITS! So, grab a glass of wine, some chocolate, and a friend or two and get ready to read about all the benefits that will have you indulging guilt-free!
Benefits of Chocolate
A dark chocolate, 70% cocoa content or higher, with little to no sugar in it is the best option and provides many health benefits through its richness in antioxidants and minerals. It can boost your immune system by helping increase the function of T cells in your body so they can fight off any infection or bacteria. Dark chocolate was found to reduce bad cholesterol in the body and help raise the levels of good cholesterol, which leads to better heart health and lower blood pressure. An antioxidant, flavonoid, can actually help protect your skin. It improves blood flow in the skin and protects against sun damage. Dark chocolate may also improve brain function. It increases blood flow to the brain which improves cognitive function, vision, and verbal fluency. In addition, dark chocolate is high in fiber, which means it will keep you satisfied so you can stay away from all of the other snacks you were thinking about having. Chocolate boosts your immune system, improves your cholesterol and blood pressure, protects your skin, and helps you stay full. Isn’t it amazing how something so delicious can actually provide benefits? Well, prepare for your mind to be blown even more.
Benefits of Wine
Let’s build on those chocolate benefits with some wine benefits. Yes, I said benefits again! The first benefit of wine that might have you thinking about pouring a glass for yourself is that it boosts your immune system! The flavonoids I mentioned earlier are also in wine; these naturally occurring compounds help protect your skin (as chocolate does) AND can aid in fighting off the flu and the common cold. Pretty neat. White wine contains a lot of antioxidants and these antioxidants fight off free radicals in your body. You might be thinking, what the heck does that mean!? Well, you can think of free radicals in your body as rust (your insides aren’t actually rusting it’s just an example) and antioxidants come around and clean up that rust to make sure you’re in tip top shape and everything is working properly! Just don’t drink too much wine as it may have the reverse effect. Just like chocolate, wine can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive function, too! Check out some of the other health benefits of wine on our Facebook page.
Benefits of Gathering with Friends
I just mentioned that wine and chocolate both have an effect on your immune system, right? Well, it turns out that being social with friends can also boost your health! If you are around your friends more often, it has been proven to increase the function of your immune system, in part by helping to fight off depression. So when you start to get those winter blues (we’re probably all feeling it right now) getting together with friends can help combat that and put you back on track! Socializing with friends or family can also improve your brain function; it delays memory loss and keeps us engaged mentally. Lastly, it turns out that you actually might live longer if you have more social interactions. Friends help you in times of stress and they are there to make sure that you take good care of yourself. Send a huge thank you to your friends and loved ones because they’re helping you live longer. Maybe you could bring them some chocolate and wine so you can return the favor by improving their health, too! You can do that right here; buy our wine online OR continue reading to get everything in one place!
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
If you don’t know what kind of chocolate or wine you should bring your friends to thank them, just bring them our way! We have all of the good stuff for the Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. Grab your significant other, your best friends, or your family and take advantage of the health benefits you’ll get from pairing chocolate with wine and interacting with friends, family, and loved ones! A warm and inviting atmosphere from the moment you walk through our doors, we’ll share all the love, wine and chocolate with you (as long as you let us have some too). We will pair 5 out of the 8 tasting wines with chocolate. To name a couple, (you’ll have to come to find out the rest!) our 2016 Chardonnay will be paired with 70% Organic Dark Chocolate with Goldenberry (another food that is antioxidant rich) and our 2016 Flying Press Red will be paired with 70% Organic Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs. My mouth is watering just thinking about these two pairings and the 3 others we have lined up! There’s a good chance that this event will help you gain all of the health benefits I mentioned above and you don’t want to pass up that opportunity, do you?
Click here or on the photo to find out more details about these amazing Wine & Chocolate weekends at Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery this February 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th.
So, go ahead, pair the wine and the chocolate together, bring a friend along, and not feel an ounce of guilt! Or maybe a little bit of guilt after you eat all the chocolate and drink all of the wine…but we don’t judge! (We’d do the same thing).
Tip: Consume everything in moderation. Yes, even the chocolate!