Wine Health and Charcuterie Ideas

Wine Health and Charcuterie Ideas

We have 4 pillars on the farm – GROW – GATHER – WINE- WELLNESS. Living a balanced life on the farm is essential to keep going as the farm has so many moving parts during the growing season. 

As the weather warms and summer break quickly approaches, we thought a discussion about some wine health benefits along with some fun and healthy charcuterie ideas would be appropriate. Studies have shown that wine consumption in moderation has been associated with several health benefits. However, it’s important to note that excessive alcohol consumption can have negative health effects. Please stay hydrated and don’t over consume. Here are some potential health benefits of moderate wine consumption:

Heart health:

Moderate wine consumption, particularly red wine, has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Red wine contains antioxidants called polyphenols, such as resveratrol, which may help protect the heart and improve cardiovascular health. They can potentially increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and prevent the formation of blood clots.

Source: “Wine, alcohol, platelets, and the French paradox for coronary heart disease,” British Medical Journal, 1996, 312(7033), 919-920.

Antioxidant effects:

Wine contains various antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals in the body. Polyphenols found in wine, such as resveratrol, have been associated with potential anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.

Source: “Wine, diet, antioxidants, and cardiovascular disease,” Journal of Wine Research, 2003, 14(2-3), 105-113.

Cognitive function:

Some studies suggest that moderate wine consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline and certain neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Again, the antioxidants in wine, particularly resveratrol, are believed to play a role in protecting brain cells and enhancing cognitive function.

Source: “Moderate wine consumption and cognitive decline in aging: a 11-year longitudinal study,” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2014, 41(1), 203-214.

It’s important to remember that the benefits of wine consumption are seen with moderate intake, typically defined as up to one glass per day for women and up to two glasses per day for men. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to negative health consequences, including liver disease, addiction, and increased risk of accidents.

Please note that while the above sources provide information on the health benefits of wine consumption, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and double check with your pharmacist for drug interactions.

Charcuterie and Lagrioth Pinot Noir

An option we love with Charcuterie and its elegance fits with keeping it healthy. Lake Chelan AVA Pinot Noir.

Charcuterie Ideas

Since the summer season is upon us and wine is often enjoyed with Charcuterie, I thought it would be fun to include some ideas for you to enjoy.

Charcuterie boards are a fun way to gather and share food together. Charcuterie boards can be a great way to enjoy a variety of flavors and textures while incorporating healthy options. At the Manson Elementary Book Store earlier this year, I found this fun Charcuterie book called Beautiful Boards. The images are lovely and have theme boards for various occasions plus a list of all ingredients which makes shopping easy. If you’re like me – a list is super helpful otherwise it is guaranteed, I’ll forget something. Here are some simple and healthy charcuterie ideas for summer:

Easter Brunch with kids

Fresh Fruits:

Include a selection of fresh, seasonal fruits such as berries, grapes, melons, and sliced stone fruits. Fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, making them a nutritious choice.


Add a vibrant assortment of sliced vegetables like cherry tomatoes, cucumber rounds, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, and snap peas. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Now is the time to plant your garden. Our boys grow vegetables o their choice and these make a fun addition to harvest and add to the charcuterie selection.

Whole Grain Crackers:

Opt for whole grain or whole wheat crackers as a healthier alternative to refined crackers. These crackers provide more fiber, complex carbohydrates, and nutrients compared to their refined counterparts.

Lean Protein:

Choose lean protein options like turkey, chicken breast slices or fish instead of higher-fat cured meats. These lean protein sources offer less saturated fat and fewer calories while providing essential amino acids. We’ve also been adding mussels which the kids enjoy.

Only7seconds fundraiser event. Check out this charcuterie layout! Let us know and we can connect you with the creator.

Nuts and Seeds:

Include a mix of raw or lightly roasted nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds. These provide healthy fats, protein, and fiber, which can help keep you satisfied.

Greek Yogurt or Hummus:

Include small bowls of Greek yogurt or hummus for dipping fruits and vegetables. Greek yogurt is a good source of protein and calcium, while hummus offers fiber, protein, and healthy fats.


Add a variety of olives to the charcuterie board. Olives are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are considered heart-healthy fats. They also provide antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Dark Chocolate:

For a sweet touch, include a few squares of dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% or higher). Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and may have potential cardiovascular benefits when consumed in moderation.

Beautiful Fall Charcuterie Board prepared by Holly Brown with Holly’s Vineyard Kitchen

Beautiful Fall Charcuterie Board prepared by Holly Brown with Holly’s Vineyard Kitchen

These ideas offer a combination of fresh produce, lean protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and antioxidants. They provide a balance of nutrients, making your charcuterie board a healthy and enjoyable summer option. Remember to practice portion control and choose high-quality ingredients for the best nutritional benefits.

If you’re looking for some fun new ideas, grab a book like Beautiful Boards or get together with friends and kiddos and try some things out. We also have some fresh offerings in the farmstand tasting room – new cheeses and protein options you’ll be delighted by. Happy Wine tasting and charcuterie building.

Have a great weekend everyone!