I: Grape

The oldest grape vine in the world still makes wine.

I: Grape
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Good morning. Today is primidi, the 1st of Vendémiaire, Year CCXXXI. Happy New Year!

If you want the heart health benefits of grapes, skip the glasses of wine and enjoy red grapes, seeds and all. While those seeds are bitter, they are the home to a combination of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) and resveratrol that's proven to improve blood circulation.

A grape vine, carefully tended, can live more than a century. Wine growers typically don't allow this, as the number of grapes the vine will produce decreases after a few decades, but there are some specialists who tout the flavors of "old vine" wines and keep a vine going as long as possible in order to claim the label. The label isn't clearly defined, so when you buy a bottle of "old vine" you could be getting something grown from a vine 20, 40, or 100 years old depending on what seems "old" to that region.

Or, if you're special on that "world leader" level, you could get a small bottle gifted to you from the stara trta, a vine that has been growing against the same wall in Mirabor, Slovenia, for more than 400 years.