It’s National Wine Day – Here’s To Your Health!

Feb. 18 is National Drink Wine Day — we list the top health benefits

| By Liz Freeman, Naples Daily News – In case you need an excuse to drink wine, Feb. 18 is National Drink Wine Day.

In case you need another excuse, red wine in moderation could be good for you, according to research and the Blue Zones Project.

One of the “Power 9” concepts of the Blue Zones for improving health and longevity is “wine @ 5.”

A glass of wine or two each day with friends and food contributes to longevity, according to Dan Buettner, founder of the Blue Zones Project.

Peter Rizzo, the owner of Natural Wines in Naples, Florida advises wine lovers to pursue healthy wines produced with a combination of green farming and natural yeasts.

“Seek out wines that are unfiltered, because that is where the good stuff resides for heart,” Rizzo said.

There is a worldwide movement of clean farming with wine-making, similar to how wine was made before World War II without additives or chemicals, Rizzo said. His store carries 250 wines and ships to customers, and his website,, contains articles on the health benefits of natural wines.

The Blue Zones project was introduced to Southwest Florida in 2015 based on the travels of Buettner, a National Geographic explorer.

He identified communities worldwide where people share lifestyle traits and live to 100 or older. He wrote a New York Times best-seller about the nine principles of longevity.

The “Power Nine” include moving naturally by being physically active, eating a plant-slant diet, eating until you are 80 percent full and knowing your purpose in life. The other concepts are taking time to relax, having a healthy social network, belonging to a faith-based community and putting loved ones first. Read more. 


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