The Best Wine Pairings For Healthy Skin

The Best Wine Pairings For Healthy Skin

Red wine has long been lauded for its health benefits, which include boosting heart health, protecting against certain cancers, and even fighting the signs of ageing. Why red wine in particular? Red wines get their colour from grape skin, which contains polyphenols that are packed with antioxidants. Resveratrol, in particular, protects cells against free radicals, which play a huge part in causing issues like fine lines and wrinkles. If glowing, youthful skin is what you’re after, here are the wine pairings you should be on the lookout for.

Fatty fish

Most people think that fish is best paired with white wines, because the tannins in red wine interact with the fish oils on the palate, leaving a metallic aftertaste. However, you can successfully pair red wine with fish if you take into account the weight and texture. For example, while a poached fillet has a delicate taste that would be best paired with white wine, a roasted fish has a more robust texture that can complement a red wine. Also, take note of the sauce. Even delicately cooked fishes, when served with flavorful sauces, can be paired with a bolder wine.

Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are great for the skin due to their omega-3 fatty acids. These acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce acne, prevent wrinkles, and even benefit people with issues like psoriasis and melanoma. These acids also help prevent sun damage and keep the skin hydrated by locking in moisture.

Tomato dishes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which have anti-ageing properties that can reduce sun damage. They’re also rich in Vitamin A, or retinoids, which can smooth wrinkles, promote the production of collagen, and brighten the complexion. While enjoying tomatoes raw is great, cooking them is even better, as it makes the lycopene more bioavailable, or easier to absorb.

Whether you’re having a tomato soup or a hearty pasta dish with tomato sauce, it’s best to avoid heavy-bodied red wines. Excessively tannic wines like Bordeaux or Chardonnays that can overpower the tomato’s fruity flavour. Instead, look for light, refreshing reds like Chianti, Barbera d’Asti, and light southern French reds.

Dark chocolate

Wine and chocolate may sound like a sinful pairing, but it’s actually quite good for you. Dark chocolate, in particular, is rich in nutrients like vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, which are all great for your skin’s health. Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants that protect the skin against sun damage, preventing ageing.

Dark chocolate has a strong, bittersweet taste that can hold its own against fuller-bodied red wines. Dense, fruity Zinfandels pair exceptionally well with dark chocolates. The full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon can complement drier dark chocolates. And for dark chocolates with higher cocoa content (around 55 per cent), a Pinot Noir or Merlot may be ideal.

Though red wine has anti-ageing properties, it is by no means the fountain of youth. Note that drinking more than 1-2 glasses a day can do more harm than good to your skin and overall health, as alcohol is dehydrating. Make sure to drink plenty of water when drinking wine to make sure that you stay hydrated.

Ali Parker