With more than 2500 scientific publications on the healthful effects of resveratrol, it may seem that the ATTB has some catching up to do. Wine is demostrably a health food when consumed in the right amounts and in the right pattern. But the problem that I have with expanded labeling is that it gives too much credit to the individual ingredients and not enough emphasis on healthy drinking and associated lifestyle choices. For all of resveratrol's impressive properties, clinical data about its effects in people is still lacking. We know that it does wonderful things in a petri dish or a lab rat, but frankly not much else.
So rather than making claims about how magical the components of wine are, the debate really should be about whether or not wine itself is good for you. How about this on the label: "When consumed in moderation, with meals, wine can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle."