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5 Good Reasons to Drink Organic Wine (If you drink wine…)

Chemicals Anyone?

Grapes are customarily sprayed heavily with pesticides both on their skins and on the ground surrounding them. As many as 18 different chemical residues enter their roots and remain on their skins when being pressed into pulp to be made into wine.   Amazing we shop for organic food but when it comes to wine, we sometimes forget what we are drinking….

Making wine from grapes grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, weed killers, insecticides and other synthetic chemicals is better for our earth and all of it’s inhabitants.  Organic production methods are based on ecological balances and synergies among living things.  Instead of chemicals, natural elements such as organic fertilizers, copper, sulfur and bentonite are used.

Here are 5 Good Reasons to Drink Organic Wines….

1.  The soil stays healthier.  The organic farmer’s primary objective is balance.  A healthy soil will produce a healthier plant capable of fighting diseases, pests and bad weather that may come it’s way.  Just like our body when we give it the correct balance of nutrients, light, water etc.

2.  Our streams and oceans and fish stay cleaner due to the absence of harmful run-off from the soils during rainfall or irrigation.  Neighboring homes, businesses and schools can be prevented from chemical exposure. Grape pickers are left healthier, not having to use chemicals that have resulted in cancer and birth defects in their children.

3.  Organic wines promote bio-diversity.  Cover crops (grasses and wildflowers such as alfalfa and clover) are grown around the vines to hold moisture and provide beneficial flora and fauna to beneficial bugs, which then decrease the need for insecticides and pesticides.  Natural methods using horse and plow increase nutrient turnover for soil and provide natural fertilization for the vines.

4.  More hands on contact with the grapevines, rather than with machinery, keeps growers with more contact with the vines.  Only the ripest and healthiest bunches are picked without potentially stressing or damaging the other vines.

A few other things I want to mention.

  • Some winemakers fear that buyers perceive organic wines as being lower in quality, so even if they’re growing their grapes and making their wines to highest organic standards, they may not want to label their bottles as such.  It pays to know your winemaker!
  • You should read your labels carefully, especially if you are sulfite sensitive.  Organic wines contain no “added” sulfites for preservation, but all wine has naturally occurring sulfites at low levels as a by-product of the fermenting yeasts on the grape skins.   The total sulfite level must be less than 20 parts per million.  In order for a wine to be labeled “organic”, it must not add sulfites.  That’s a plus for those sensitive  to sulfites, such as asthmatics and people with severe allergies.  Some say they report less headaches after drinking organically grown wines.
  • But here is where it can get confusing –  Wine labels can claim, “Made with Organic Grapes” or “Made with Organically Grown Grapes” and add sulfites!   In this case the wine may not contain more than 100 ppm of sulfites . (It also does not have the USDA organic seal.)

So, whether you are trying to save the planet or save yourself, there are plenty of reasons to try organic wine.  If nothing else, they taste great!

Organic Wine Recommendations:

Bonterra Vineyards Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Chateau Haut Nouchet 2005
Familia Zuccardi Bonarda Santa Julia Organica 2005
Chateau Couronneau 2005
Frey Petite Sirah 2007
Badger Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Coates Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Amity Eco Pinot Noir 2007
Kalleske Clarry’s Grenache Shiraz 2007
Stellar Organic Merlot 2005
Coates Zinfandel Organic 2004
Agustinos Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2005
Cooper Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir 2002
Cedres Organic Cotes du Rhone 2006
Emiliana Organic Cabernet Merlot 2004
Domaine Pierre Andre Chateauneuf du Pape
Chateau Bousquette Saint Chinian 2004
Chateau Haut Mallet Bordeaux Superior 2005
Pircas Negras Malbec 2004
Richmond Plains Pinot Noir 2004
Casal Dos Jordoes Organic Port

*Recent studies show that drinking 1-2 glasses (1 for women and 2 for men) of red wine each day may have certain health benefits for some people.  Research indicated that moderate red wine consumption may help protect against certain cancers and heart disease and can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels and blood pressure.  Excessive drinking does not produce the same benefits.  (More is not better)

Another great list of American sustainable wine producers: http://kennuncorked.com/producers_usa.html

Here is a list of Certified Organic Wine Producers from around the globe: http://www.bbr.com/shopping/organic-wine-producers

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

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Comments

  1. I love it – finally you are telling me to drink 2 glasses of wine per day and it will be good for me !

    • Well, kind of, but not really. If you don’t drink, you shouldn’t start. If you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant, or if you have a medical condition that could be worsened by alcohol, you should not drink. If you are on medication that requires you not to consume alcohol, then that would be a “no” as well….. If you are trying to lose weight, then again, you should re-think your alcoholic consumption. 1 glass of wine = 5 oz. (105-110 cal)
      No need to have alcohol daily, just enjoy a glass when you feel like it.

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