FELLINI. WINE AND CINEMA

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A good wine is like a good movie: it lasts for a moment and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; it is new in every sip and, like movies, it is born and reborn in every flavor.

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Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini (1920-1993) has been considered one of the most important Italian directors of the 20th century. Winner of four Oscars and numerous international awards, he left behind masterpieces in the history of cinema such as "La Dolce Vita", "8 1/2", "The nights of Cabiria", "Amarcord" or " La Strada ”.

Wine and its environment have been a common element around which numerous arguments revolve that explore all its facets: romanticism, ambition, adventure, drama, humor, melancholy, emotion, history, … In all of them, wine has been an element central in the plot, either to introduce us to the story, as a true secondary character or as a true protagonist.

Who has not laughed at the funny adventures of Kate (Meg Ryan) trying to get her boyfriend back in “French Kiss” (Lawrence Kasdan, 1995) and finding instead Luc (Kevin Kline) who dreams of a vineyard in his town native? The vineyards of “A walk through the clouds” (Alfonso Aráu, 1995) have also been the ideal environment in which Victoria / Aitana Sánchez falls in love with Paul (Keanu Reaves) under the watchful eye of the rigid patriarch of the Don Pedro Aragón clan (Anthony Quin). And the vineyard and the vineyards are also a special environment in which to recover the lost identity, as in “Under the Tuscan Sun” (Audrey Wells, 2003) a depressed American writer (Diana Lane) travels to Italy to discover joy of life and friendship or in “A Good Year” (Ridley Scott, 2006) in which an aggressive executive (Russell Crowe) remembers the good moments of his childhood in the French vineyards of his uncle, which he has received as an inheritance.

But it is not only love and romanticism: the darker face was faithfully portrayed in the masterly Oscar-winning “Days of Wine and Roses” (Blake Edwards, 1962) starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (and both winners of the Oscars of that year to the best leading actors), in which a couple plunges into the drama of alcoholism, portrayed in all starkness. Or the ambition of an evil Angela Channey (Jane Wyman) running a winery in Napa Valley in the soap opera “Falcon Crest”.

And to close, we return to its friendly and funnier face in which wine is the element around which the plot revolves. Stanley Kramer’s film, “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” (1969) in which a drunken mayor (Anthony Quin), a crushing countess (Virna Lisa) and a German commander (Hardy Kruger) engage in a hilarious search for all the wine production of the village.

Sofa, blanket, cinema … and a good glass of wine in your hands, what better plan to enjoy in good company?

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HIPPOCRATES. WINE AND HEALTH

Wine and health: for a lower cardiovascular diseases

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Wine is a wonderfully appropriate thing for man if, in health as well as in disease, it is administered wisely and justly.

Wine and health: for a lower cardiovascular diseases

Hippocrates

Hippocrates of Cos (Cos, c. 460 BC-Thessaly c. 370 BC) was an Ancient Greek physician who practiced during the so-called Periclean century. He is classified as one of the most prominent figures in the history of medicine, and many authors refer to him as the "father of medicine" in recognition of his important and enduring contributions to this science, making the practice of medicine a true profession.

Wine has been the first documented medicine in history, with Sumerian and Egyptian tablets dated more than two thousand years BC explaining its use to treat various conditions. Today, almost 2.500 years after Hippocrates recommended moderate consumption as part of a healthy diet, wine is still the subject of numerous investigations that attempt to verify its acute perception (1, 2).

Some of the most studied components have been polyphenols due to their antioxidant properties. In red wine, the most important polyphenols are resveratrol, the anthocyanin group, catechins, and tannins. Resveratrol (3, 4, 5 – trihydroxystilbene) is an active principle with cardioprotective effects (3, 4); the most relevant anthocyanin is oein (malvidin-3-o-glucoside) for which beneficial effects at the cardiovascular level have also been described (5); the tannins resulting from the polymerization of flavan-3-ol are also associated with vasoactive effects (6).

Something more controversial has been the study of ethanol on health. While it is clear that high amounts of ethanol are harmful, some studies suggest that moderate amounts of alcohol (5-15 g/day) reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (7). This would explain the apparent paradox of a lower incidence of cardiovascular diseases in countries with moderate alcohol consumption such as France or Spain (8).

In any case, there is no doubt that sharing a good wine with friends is a highly recommended experience.

Cheers!

(1) Contribution of Red Wine Consumption to Human Health Protection. Lukas Snopek, Jiri Mlcek, Lenka Sochorova, Mojmir Baron, Irena Hlavacova, Tunde Jurikova, Rene Kizek, Eva Sedlackova, Jiri Sochor. Molecules. 2018 Jul; 23(7): 1684. Published online 2018 Jul 11. doi: 10.3390/molecules23071684

(2) Impact of Red Wine Consumption on Cardiovascular Health. Liberale L, Bonaventura A, Montecucco F, Dallegri F, Carbone F. Curr Med Chem. 2019; 26(19):3542-3566.

(3) Resveratrol ameliorates high glucose and high-fat/sucrose diet-induced vascular hyperpermeability involving Cav-1/eNOS regulation. Peng XL, Qu W, Wang LZ, Huang BQ, Ying CJ, Sun XF, Hao LP. PLoS One. 2014; 9(11):e113716.

(4) Resveratrol Provides Cardioprotection after Ischemia/reperfusion Injury via Modulation of Antioxidant Enzyme Activities. Mokni M, Hamlaoui S, Karkouch I, Amri M, Marzouki L, Limam F, Aouani E. Iran J Pharm Res. 2013 Fall; 12(4):867-75.

(5) Malvidin, a red wine polyphenol, modulates mammalian myocardial and coronary performance and protects the heart against ischemia/reperfusion injury. Quintieri AM, Baldino N, Filice E, Seta L, Vitetti A, Tota B, De Cindio B, Cerra MC, Angelone T. J Nutr Biochem. 2013 Jul; 24(7):1221-31.

(6) Oenology: red wine procyanidins and vascular health. Corder R, Mullen W, Khan NQ, Marks SC, Wood EG, Carrier MJ, Crozier A. Nature. 2006 Nov 30; 444(7119):566.

(7) Alcohol consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease and death in women: potential mediating mechanisms. Djoussé L, Lee IM, Buring JE, Gaziano JM. Circulation. 2009 Jul 21; 120(3):237-44.

(8) Wine, alcohol, platelets, and the French paradox for coronary heart disease. S. Renaud, PhD , M. de Lorgeril, MD. The Lancet 1992 ;  339 (8808) :1523-1526. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/0140-6736(92)91277-F

Sharing a good wine with friends is a highly recommended experience

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