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Nebbiolo for some "zzzzz's"

I read last night in the print edition of Wine Spectator that researchers did a study to measure the levels of melantonin in some red wines, and Nebbiolo came out on top with the highest amount. (Melatonin is the chemical responsible for relaxation/falling asleep.)

Nebbiolo is the classic Italian grape found in what's considered the best Italian red wine: Barolo. It's also found in Barbaresco (kind of a "mini Barolo.") Barolo is a monster of a red wine, that needs time in the bottle to develop its complex aromas and flavors, which can range from mushrooms, to leather, to violets, to berries.

Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us, and the articles will start pouring out about how Red Zinfandel goes so well with Thanksgiving turkey. (While I agree, I think I'm going to find something ELSE to drink this year, just to be different...)

Since tryptophan (found in Turkey) also induces sleepiness--I'm sure all of the overindulgence of that day doesn't help either--I think I'll steer clear of serving any wine with Nebbiolo on Turkey Day. Otherwise, I won't be able to make it to pumpkin pie and Gewurztraminer...