Vladimir Kovalizorn, PhD in biology and chief researcher at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in an interview that wine hurts Russians more than Europeans because the latter's stomachs have become accustomed to it.
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Russians do more harm than the French, Italians or Spaniards when it comes to drinking wine.
Kovalizorn is convinced that due to the lack of wine culture inherent in Europe for many years among the Russian population, this culture even affects their bodies. As a result, Russians often feel a burning pain in their stomachs when drinking wine.
He concludes: In France, Italy and Spain, everyone knows about wine and knows when to drink it. People there know the grape varieties, they know which wine goes with which food. They have a wine culture. They are used to drinking wine, and their enzyme systems and stomachs are used to wine. Russians often get heartburn from drinking wine, so Russians don"t like natural wines. We think wine is very acidic, but the European body can get used to it.
Covalizone points out that proper wine selection can reduce the negative effects of wine on the stomach. He believes that the help of a sommelier can be very useful, but ultimately it remains a personal matter whether the selection of the wine will have unpleasant consequences.