Could wine be the new sunscreen?  Spanish researchers from The University of Barcelona and the Spanish Research Council suggest so.

According to a new study, flavonoids found in grapes stop chemical reactions that kill skin cells and cause skin damage.  These flavonoids help prevent "reactive oxygen speices"  (ROS) from forming after exposure to dangerous ultraviolet rays.

Nick Selby of Uncorked Importers & Distributors said he's surprised by scientists findings.

"I think it's a new twist on the story.  I think it's interesting," he said.

Not all are convinced.  Dr. Sarah Jackson with Audubon Dermatology said grapes do in fact contain flavonoids, but she doesn't believe wine will help to prevent sun burns.

"This study did not show that flavonoids would be absorbed into the gut and then absorbed into the skin," Dr. Jackson said.

Dr. Jackson does not recommend ditching a bottle of sunscreen to drink your favorite glass of cabernet.

"This study just showed that flavonoids when put on skin will reduce damage from UV rays."

Researchers hope their findings will lead to improvements in skin creams and sun care products.

Wine is already known for its ability to fight Alzheimer's, cavities and prostate cancer.