I have read several articles that state that red wine actually has more flavonoids, (naturally occurring plant compounds) that protect the heart, than red grapes alone. The alcohol in wine may provide additional heart healthy benefits such as raising the HDL (good cholesterol) levels in the blood and also to help thin your blood.
Other studies suggest that red wine may help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and slow the progression of neurological degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Not to put a damper on the good news but we also have to consider that women should only drink one 5oz glass of red wine per night and some studies even suggest that alcohol can increase a women's change of developing breast cancer.
So, my suggestion, if you don't drink, don't start. If you do, make a healthy choice like one small glass of red wine per night.
And always...everything in moderation.