Feeling Flush

I posted a picture of a wine over on my Instagram page yesterday, a gorgeous Melon de Bourgogne/Chardonnay blend I’d recommended to a friend. She’d asked for a slightly lighter alternative to her usual favourite (white Burgundy) because, well, menopause. Within minutes the comments starting coming in so I thought I’d do a proper post over here. Now, there’s little medical evidence to back up the whole wine & menopause thing but what we do know is that drinking alcohol raises our internal body temperature so wine definitely isn’t going to help with hot flushes, night sweats and sleeplessness. And our bodies’ ability to break down alcohol slows as we get older; add menopausal symptoms into the mix and it’s no surprise wine in quantity isn’t going to make us feel exactly bionic. The answer seems to be to drink less but better. Boring, I know. But there it is. Also, naturally lighter in alcohol if possible. Most importantly, make every glass (or wine mug) count. Let me know if/how it’s affecting you differently as you get older. Now, is it me or is it hot in here?

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Current white in the fridge: Les Athlètes du Vin Mumu Chardonnay

Price: £12.50 - Buy From The Solent Cellar

Made from a blend of Melon de Bourgogne (the grape behind Muscadet) and Chardonnay, this perky Loire white is delightfully light on its feet (it’s a friendly 12% abv). I love Loire whites, not least because they’re usually really good value. This isn’t exactly cheap but you’d probably pay a lot more for it if the Chardonnay grapes came from Burgundy. Mostly citrusy with a touch of mango, it’s as happy with a bowl of crisps as it is with roast chicken.

Current red in the rack: Chiroubles Beaujolais Cru

Price: £10.00 - Buy From Co-op

If you’re looking for a juicy, raspberry fruit-filled not-too-tannic red, this is it. From one of the ten top quality Beaujolais Crus (named villages that produce some of the best wines in the region), this is at the lighter end of the Beaujolais scale. Soft, silky, you get the picture. Made from the Gamay grape grown on granite vineyards with a bit of height, giving the wine extra loveliness. Bonus points for the gorgeous label.


  • Carol Beattie
    4 years ago

    I am now living in France, big plus for wine drinking, but getting older, big minus for wine drinking. Two glasses seems to affect my sleep.

    So, solution, drink wine earlier. Can’t really yet as I’m in the middle of a renovation (typical Brit) so have an early apero (1 glass) and dinner (another). Result.

    One other advantage of living in France is the choice (but only of French wine). And, at the moment, one more plus, although to be honest, a little shaming. The restaurants, until recently closed, have had to sell off a lot of the contents of their cellar to keep solvent. Our local ‘destockage’ seems to have bought a lot. The advantage is that the wines are cheap, but they are probably the oldest in their cellars, so they have to be drunk ‘now’. It’s hard, but I’m making my way through them….

    • Helen McGinn
      4 years ago

      That’s such a good solution! Drink earlier! Thanks Carol – and good luck with the renovation! Also, well done you on helping out on the wine stocks. Someone’s got to etc…

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