I just read this story and though it was interesting as we head into flu season:

A new scientific study offers good news for both athletes and wine fans. Researchers at the University of South Carolina say a chemical found abundantly in red wine, apples and onions helps protect against influenza, especially after a rigorous respiratory workout when the body is more susceptible to infection. The chemical, quercetin, is a known anti-inflammatory found in the skins of fruit and vegetables.

So what a better time to go apple picking in the valley and combine it with some wine tasting. There are some wonderful “pick your own” orchards throughout the Hudson Valley Wine Country. Spend a day and protect yourself from the flu.