We've often enjoyed a glass or two of red, white, or rosé, so we're happy to learn that science has proved wine is good for you.
According to a new study published by the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, master sommeliers' brains are more protected against degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It's also not surprising that for sommeliers it's much easier to use mental imagery when they describe wine.
The study was conducted by performing MRI scans on 13 sommeliers and 13 ordinary people. The results showed that the brains of the wine experts had a better reaction to smell in those areas of the brain that are related to memory.
"Overall, these differences suggest that specialized expertise and training might result in enhancements in the brain well into adulthood," concludes the study. "This is particularly important given the regions involved, which are the first to be impacted by many neurodegenerative diseases."
The next time you have a glass of wine, don't drink it quickly. Take your time to really enjoy its smell and to think about the taste. The more you do that, the better. Of course, that doesn't mean you should overindulge -- moderation is key.