>Most sparkling-wine lovers don’t need an excuse to pop open a bottle of champagne, but if you are looking for a reason to enjoy a glass of bubbly tonight, I’ve found one. Bustle is reporting on the surprising health benefits of compounds that are found in Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier—two grapes that are commonly used to make sparkling wine. The compounds boost memory and learning functions in the brain and guard against disease. Specifically, drinking three glasses of champagne per week could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It’s worth noting that the Reading University study was performed on rats and not humans, so it’s not scientific proof that drinking bubbly actually prevents Alzheimer’s, but more of a hypothesis. Since a lot of other research has shed light on the health benefits of wine, it’s safe to toast to the surprising potential brain-boosting benefits of sparkling wine. Cheers!