For thousands of years Our Rabbis of Blessed memory have praised the benefits of drinking vintage wine. We need to drink wine on many occasions. These include Purim, Kiddush every Shabbat and four glasses of wine at the Seder. Our Rabbis of Blessed Memory also understood the dangers of drunkenness at inappropriate times.
Gemara Pesachim 42a
The rabbis of the Gemara believed vintage wine to be healthier than newer wine. They said: Three products increase bowel movements, make one have bad posture and take one five hundredth of a person’s vision, these are coarse black bread, new alcoholic beverages (new wine) and fresh vegetables. They further stated three products decrease bowel movements, straighten one’s posture and bring sight to one’s eyes. These are: clean white bread, fatty meat and vintage wine. (Pesachim 42a) The Gemara continues to discuss that vintage wine, as well as other items are healthy for the whole body. Some of these other foods are discussed at: