Science of Wine: Healthy Wine Tasting with Kristine Thomas

By OSC on April 25, 2016 in What's New

Delicious just got healthy with Chef Kristine Thomas!

Welli Desserts founder Kristine Thomas is going to “cook” up a deliciously healthy dessert using wine at 6th Annual Science of Wine on Saturday, April 30!

science of wine cacao truffleThroughout her wine dessert demonstration beginning at 8:15 p.m., Kristine – chef and health and wellness educator – will educate guests about the health benefits of wine and serve up samples of some of her delectable treats! This educational demonstration provides a fun and innovative approach to whole foods and will combine wellness & innovation to highlight good nutrition and healthy eating. Delicious just got healthy with wine!

Chef Kristine stopped by to give us a preview of her presentation and debunk some wine health benefits myths.

1. There are a lot of myths and “facts” about wine. Is wine healthier than we think?

Absolutely, but don’t believe everything you see! Wine (in the proper dosage) can be fun and has been associated with a lot of health benefits, but most importantly, it raises our euphoria, or puts us in a “happy zone” and happiness is most definitely good for the heart!


2. What are some of the health benefits of wine?

Red wine is typically thought to be heart healthy. The alcohol and antioxidants help to increase levels of “good” cholesterol and protect our arteries to prevent heart disease . The antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols can protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Resveratrol is also one of those polyphenols that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces “bad” cholesterol and prevents blood clots.


3. Is there a major difference between cooking with wine and just drinking it from a wellness perspective?

The heart-healthy polyphenol, resveratrol, is actually heat stable, which means cooking won’t affect it! However, wine is both light and oxygen sensitive, so don’t let it sit out too long once it’s uncorked!


4. How can you substitute a wine base to create healthier dishes?

Wine is a great substitute for some or all of the oil in lots of recipes while upping the flavor factor, too!

Actually, Retro Rad Chef Emily Ellyn who will also be presenting some wine treat at Science of Wine shared her Champagne Pop Cupcake recipe in her interview here.

5. What can people expect from your presentation at Science of Wine?

No science experimenting here! Guests will get to taste and learn how easy it is to make simple healthy desserts in their own homes.

Remember, when pairing wines with desserts, you want the wine to be as sweet or sweeter than the dessert!


Meet Kristine Thomas

Kristine Thomas is a chef and health and wellness educator in the Orlando area. As founder of Welli, she combines wellness & innovation to educate audiences about good nutrition and healthy eating. Kristine’s expertise provides a fun and innovative approach to whole foods.  Kristine can be found cooking up deliciously healthy desserts and inspiring audiences at food and health events across the state.

Don’t miss Kristine’s dessert presentation at Science of Wine at 8:15 p.m. in Dr. Dare’s Lab on Level 4!

Learn more about Welli Desserts and check out Kristine’s latest recipes at

Science of Wine at Orlando Science Center

April 30, 2016
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Members: $75
General: $95

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