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First Blush: Grape Juice Has Grown Up

If you have been living under a rock for the past year, you might have missed all the buzz about the health benefits of wine. Both red and white wines contain powerful and healthful antioxidants. Maybe you are looking for ways to get all those health benefits but without the buzz of alcohol? If so, you should try some First Blush varietal grape juice. It is definitely grape juice for grown ups.

Made from varieties of grapes usually reserved for wine making, the juices, although fairly sweet, have complex flavors reminiscent of their fermented cousin wine. The juices come in four varieties: Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and a Rose to round out the color palette. The juices contain the antioxidants found in wine, but have more grams of sugar per serving than wines, but fewer calories.

My favorite by far was the Cabernet, it would pair really well with food and works as a more sophisticated alternative to alcohol compared to soft drinks or other juices. I found the Chardonnay too sweet for my palate, but then again I am a Sauvignon Blanc gal anyway.

First Blush can be found at a handful of Whole Food Markets. Check this store locator to find one near you. It retails for $3.99 per 16 ounce bottle, which contains two servings.


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