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Byline: BILL RAFTERY Bill Raftery (b. April 19, 1943) is an American basketball analyst and former college basketball coach.

Despite a long and successful college basketball coaching career, Raftery is today probably best known for his enthusiastic play-by-play coverage of college basketball

Wine expert Bill Raftery's top tips for tasting and wines of the week... THIS is the time of year when alcohol is often abandoned, but it is worth considering what benefits come from drinking wine.

All alcohol if taken in moderation will improve most people's health, but red wine seems to have very special qualities.

It owes its health-giving properties to the chemicals it contains, flavonoids flavonoids, common plant pigment compounds that act as antioxidants, enhance the effects of vitamin C, and strengthen connective tissue around capillaries.
 and other antioxidants. These limit the oxidation process in the body by free radicals, responsible for many diseases. They also help control the levels of cholesterol.

Flavonoids can be more effective as antioxidants than vitamins C and E. They are more abundant in red wine than in any other drink because during red wine-making the skins are retained longer.

Chile has made claims that its climate produces flavonoid-rich wines. A recent study suggested that drinking moderate quantities of red wine is only surpassed by eating fruit and vegetables and taking exercise as a way of avoiding heart attacks.

At one Swindon hospital heart patients are prescribed Chilean Cabernet. But research indicates that wine drinkers enjoy more relaxed lifestyles, BUDGET BUYS Sainsbury's Reserve Selection Chilean Carmenre 2004.

Carmenre, originally confused with Merlot, produces rustic red. Drink with winter casseroles.

Price: Sainsbury, pounds 4.99.

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Cab·er·net Sauvignon  
1. A variety of black grape used to make red wine, notably in Bordeaux and the Napa Valley.

2. A dry red wine made from this grape.

 2004, Chile.

Literally the devil's cellar, excellent value. Drink with lamb.

Price: Widely available, pounds 5.49. SPLASH OUT splash out

to spend a lot of money on a treat or luxury: she planned to splash out on a good holiday 
 Alpha Montes Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004, Chile.

Classy, wait for Welsh lamb to appear.

Price: Tesco, pounds 6.99 (reduced from pounds 9.99). Bill Raftery runs regular wine courses at Coventry University. E-mail him at
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 21, 2006
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