Unless you’ve been living under a rock or avoiding all news, you’ll know that everyone is stocking up for the impending storm on the East Coast. What you may not realize though, was that in 2017 a Philadelphia weatherman made the news in his own right by tweeting (and later deleting) a weather graphic showing how many bottles of wine would be needed to survive the storm that was on its way. (1)
Chris Sowers briefly posted the picture on his Twitter account before deleting it amid a stir of confusion. The graphic appeared to be a standard weather map, with the normal colored bands indicating snowfall, but instead of inches of snow, the map was labeled with how many bottles of wine it would take to get through the storm, from 1 bottle to a liver saturating 25! (2)
Sowers later confirmed that it was a Photoshop job and had not, nor would it ever be, aired.
Speaking with N.Y. Magazine about the joke, Sower said: ‘This is crazy. Just so everyone knows, this was Photoshopped. I didn’t actually go on the air with a graphic like this. I can’t believe how quickly this is spreading.” It turned out that this was a viewer made graphic that had been Tweeted to Sowers and that he retweeted, before apparently thinking better of the idea. (3)
Wine Anyway? Why Not?
Unfortunately, there’s nobody to tell us exactly how much wine we need to keep on hand to last us through this storm, but wine does undoubtedly have some benefits, so it might be worth stocking up on a few bottles anyway.
Research has shown that wine polyphenols might be good for oral health. Red wine is rich in polyphenols and researchers found that these polyphenols were effective at reducing plaque, cavity and gum disease, hindering bacteria’s ability to stick to teeth and gums. (4)
Science has found that individuals with the habit of daily moderate wine consumption enjoy significant reductions of cardiovascular mortality when compared with individuals who abstain or who drink alcohol to excess. Moderate alcohol intake reduces the risk of heart disease, and the other benefits of red wine simply add to this.
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenol found in higher concentrations of red wine, and it is known to have anti-inflammatory effects. Scientists have found that women who drink one glass of red wine a week boast better fertility than those who don’t. The research only showed benefits of fertility for women who drank moderate amounts of red wine i.e. five or more glasses each month, so this isn’t a green light to reach for the red wine every night! (5)
For those who don’t enjoy a rich red wine, do not fret! White wines have been found to contain phenols that have health benefits, including protection against cardiovascular diseases and anticarcinogenic effects. White wines have a comparable or higher antioxidant capacity than their red wine counterparts, and this is super important in the fight against free radicals.
Even though Chris Sowers didn’t actually go on air with a wine forecast, it’s definitely worth picking some up to help weather the storm. Now, these aren’t the only benefits of wine, but some of us have a storm to prepare for and wine to get purchasing!