Blueberry wine is increasingly rising in popularity. In the past, many of us have only ever tried the classic beverages made of red and white wine from grapes. Even though blueberry wine is not as famous as its cousins made from the grape, it has increasingly gained popularity in recent years.
One of the primary reasons for this is because wine consumers have discovered the nutritional benefits of blueberry wine. This has resulted in a rising demand of the different varieties of blueberry wine and in fact, some wine enthusiasts just love to make this sweet drink at the comfort of their homes.
What is blueberry wine?
You cannot describe blueberry wine correctly without talking about the blueberry fruit. Blueberries, as the name suggests, are grape-sized blue fruits growing by the vineyard with plenty of polyphenols that enrich human’s health.
Blueberry wine is available in both sweet and dry varieties. It is renowned for its sickly sweet taste that is neither watered down nor syrupy. It feels just smooth and pairs nicely with cheese and fruits with cinnamon. It is also a lovely option to serve alongside barbecue by the poolside, and blueberry wine will add to the overall taste of any picnic.
Blueberry wine undergoes a fermentation process similar to that of making wine from grapes. This produces wine containing approximately 100 calories and 3-5g carbs per glass serving. Most sugary compounds are transformed to alcohol during the fermentation process requiring a lengthier digestion process and this can result in a high alcoholic content.
The fact that it has a lot of carbs gives us enough reasons not drink a lot of this wine, after all too much drinking is harmful to health. Alcohol is like a double edged sword. It is beneficial when taken responsibly but bites back in excess consumption. While taking a half-full glass is no problem, taking at least two glasses on the go is where the documented health benefits lie.
As we said earlier, the blueberry wine’s content compromises of polyphenols which are known for preventing diseases like cancer, heart disease, and dementia. People who consume blueberry wine also hardly suffer from any forms of inflammations, and the wine also has 17 vitamins which includes Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and manganese among other components.
Blueberry wine vs. Red wine
Blueberry wine can be substituted for some classic red grape wines. The two wines compare well in terms of the composition of nutrients. Consumers also derive similar health benefits and enjoy almost the same level of satisfaction consuming both types, but even though both of them have some similar benefits, the two contrast sharply in color, antioxidants, and taste.
We all agree that red wine is the sweetest wine, and yes, blueberry has not beaten the red wine in terms of sweetness. However, it has a deep sited and intense flavor. Besides other substantial differences, color is the obvious differentiating factor. Blueberry wine is a far deeper purple than the traditional deep reds of grape wine.
In terms of antioxidants however, blueberry outperforms the red wine. Studies indicate that blueberry is richer in health-protective polyphenols than the red wine. Even though this concept can be argued based on the place where the fruit is grown and the batch of the fruit, blueberry outshines red wine with regards to this beneficial compound.
The sweet tasting blueberry wine is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy polyphenols. For those who like drinking on occasions, it is the best substitute for red or white wine. Why not give it a try?