There has been so much negative press about wine lately that I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw this excellent news article today. The study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that a daily glass of red wine and cheese and a weekly lamb meal helped reduce the risk of dementia due to the levels of proteins in the brain that protected it from damage. Iowa State University of 1800 Brits did the study.

This was especially great news to all of us in Amador County. Lamb is a regional staple with numerous local suppliers. Scott and I purchase a lamb annually. It pairs excellently with Zinfandel, which is fitting, as it’s typical for the local cuisine to complement the regional wine perfectly.

Cheese has been identified as the most protective food against age-related cognitive issues, even later in life. Moreover, daily consumption of alcohol, particularly red wine, and weekly consumption of lamb—not other red meats—have been associated with enhanced long-term cognitive function. With the abundance of cheese plates in our tasting rooms, our diet is undoubtedly rich in cheese.

With such fantastic news, we’re looking forward to enjoying lamb burgers and a bottle of our Scott Harvey Old Vine Zinfandel this weekend. We highly recommend it!