Researchers from Technion, the Israeli Institute of
Technology have revealed that it is possible to fortify white wine so that it
mimics the healthy properties present in red wine.
Red wine includes polyphenols believed to help fight
heart disease. However white wine does not have the same properties as it is
not prepared by fermenting grape skins.
But the researchers found that by incubating squeezed
grapes in the presence of alcohol for 18 hours before removing grape skins
could increase the polyphenol content of white wine by six fold.
"There has been an incredible response from those
that have heard about the research, with many thinking of taking up drinking
white wine more seriously," said Professor Michael Aviram, a researcher at
Technion's Faculty of Medicine.
The new wine is
expected to be available in the US by the end of the year.