How Good Is This Wine News?

aspirinwineNot too long ago on this blog I wrote a spoof of so-called “natural wine” entitled, “Natural Wine Cures Cancer.” Clearly a spoof. Then, yesterday, I read this headline:

Red Wine & Aspirin Could Kill Cancer Cells

I read this story at Drinks Business and The Huffington Post, and saw a video concerning this news from CBSnews. Additionally, the story was carried in numerous other media outlets from around the world. I want to invite everyone to join me in thinking:

“Good god, isn’t this the kind of headline that makes anyone in or near the business of selling wine wet their pants with joy.”

The answer is, “yes, decidedly!”

Over the past 20 years, since the first reports of the French Paradox, we’ve become accustomed to seeing studies thank link wine consumption or properties in wine with positive health outcomes. And it just keeps getting more and more positive for wine lovers. In fact, I’m finding it necessary recalibrate what I think qualifies as satirical or spoof-worthy headlines. “Natural Wine Cures Cancer” may still be off the mark, but how far?

We’ll see what kind of legs this story has. It could blow up and be huge or get ignored and buried among all the other claims about wine’s amazing restorative and prophylactic value. Either way, I admit I get giddy when I see headlines like this.

9 Responses

  1. Matthew Rinkerman - February 12, 2014

    Lets see if it has the impact on wine sales after the 60 Minutes French Paradox. Hoping for new converts to wine.

  2. John Cesano - February 12, 2014

    Sadly, the folks with the most to gain, the wineries themselves, are prohibited from sharing any positive health news about wine with their customers…while being required to carry a government warning on their labels about potential “health problems” associated with consumption of their product.

  3. John Kelly - February 12, 2014

    The operative word here is “could.” In my own case the actual fact was “didn’t.” Suckers will believe anything. Hey, suckers! Did you know that there is a 100% chance, a statistical certainty, that you are gonna die? In the meantime, enjoy some wine and take aspirin when you need it. “We’re all just here to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different. [W]e’re dancing animals.” And by gods I’m going to dance til the end.

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  5. Wine Roland - February 17, 2014

    Yes, but natural wine paired with aspirin kills more of them.

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  7. S Huffaker - February 21, 2014

    Long been said a little wine is good for the stomach and most cancer starts in the gut!

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