​​When you start with good grapes, you get great wines!  Winemaking starts in the vineyard and what is taken out of the vineyard, must be replenished back.  

The best wines have minimal additives and "messing" around with the grapes during

the wine making process, resulting in the purest representation of the varietal and truest expression of "terrior" (the land and surroundings).


Drink responsibly by supporting producers that are committed to sustainability

through organic and biodynamic farming and wine making principles and practices.


 

Certified Organic Wine 101

  • Crops:  Grapes crops receive the heaviest application of pesticides with wine grapes receiving even higher levels than table grapes.
  • Health: Organic wines are free of pesticide and chemical residues – better for the land, ground water, the people who grow the grapes and you, the vino lover! 
  • Lables: Wine labeled “Organic Wine” is not allowed to have any added sulfites.
    • Wines that have 10 ppm or more sulfites must declare “contains sulfites” on label.
    • Organic wine with sulfites is labeled “wine made with Organic grapes” and cannot contain more than 100 ppm or sulfites.  
    • Conventional wine can contain up to 350 ppm of sulfites.  
  • What are Sulfites:  Sulfites are chemicals used as preservatives to prevent browning and discoloration in foods and drinks. Sulfites are a natural presence in wine making, however when certified organic there are strict controls as discussed above.  
    • ​White wines contain more sulfites than red wines.
    • Sulfites can be found in everyday foods: canned tuna, jellies, deli meats and dried fruits and much more.
    • Wine is one of the few products that carries the words “contains sulfites” on its label.
  • Are Sulfites bad for you:   Sulfites are non-carcinogenic which is the good news, however they can be an allergen to people who suffer from sulfite allergies.  
    • Studies show that only a very small portion of the U.S. population is allergic to sulfites. It’s even rarer for people have a severe reaction when exposed to sulfites (mainly asthmatics).
    • Common allergic reactions to sulfites include congestion, hives, cramps, red or blotchy skin.
    • Researchers and allergy specialists suggest organically grown wines as a substitute if conventional wines produce these symptoms.
  • What about headaches:   Headaches have not been shown to be a common allergic reaction to sulfites in wine and are most likely due to other components found in wine.
    • ​White wines contain more sulfites than red wines and most headache sufferers complain after drinking red wines.
    • Hydration is a key factor in your overall enjoyment in wine as alcohol is a dehydrator which can cause headaches and the dreaded hangover.  
    • Be aware of the alcohol levels in your wine.  The ABV is listed on the label and many of your New World wines have ABV of 14% and higher.   Old World wines tend to have lower ABV around 12 - 13.5%
    • Drinking plenty of water before during and after is your best preventative measure.

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