The natives of Sardegna or Sardinia, the Sicilian Italian island in the Mediterranean is home to the oldest people in the world known to live well into their late 90s. Their secret can be traced largely to their diet, strong family bond, and wine - specifically drinking Cannonau daily. This is a local grape varietal, elsewhere known as Grenache.
"They" say, Cannonau is the wine to drink for longevity due to its extremely high levels of polyphenols which are antioxidants linked to heart health, protecting from cardiovascular disease. It is also rich in anthocyanins, naturally occurring compounds that make up the color of red wine grapes, with antioxidant effects as well.
So, long live Cannonau and long live us who drink it!
‘Caladu’ is the Sardinian word for sunset – one of the many times when you can enjoy this wine. It’s spicy and smoky, with fleshy fruit and dusty tannins. It pairs especially well with grilled meats or vegetables – or in Sardinia, with the local roasted suckling pig called porceddu.