Vegan Wine 101

  • Vegan wines are made with certified organic grapes. 
  • Most wines are “fined”  which means that proteins and yeast are filtered out of the wine.
  • Commonly used fining agents are animal derived products such as egg whites and gelatins.
  • Wines are classified as Vegan when non-animal products are used in the fining process, most commonly bentonite clay or zero gravity
  • Vegan wines are Raw Diet friendly with fermentation levels below 118 degrees

Biodynamic 101

  • Biodynamic grapes are farmed organically, but also in accordance with the Earth’s movements along a series of farming guidelines developed  by an Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner, in 1924.
  • At its most basic, the biodynamic approach to grape-growing sees the vineyard as an ecological whole: not just rows of grapevines, but the soil beneath them—an organism in its own right—and the other flora and fauna in the area, growing together interdependently.
  • Biodynamic farming follows the lunar calendar for planting, fertilizing, and harvesting.
  • Everything that the vineyard needs to grow and flourish is contained within the ecosystem of the vineyard and ensuring the sustainability of the land and the quality of the grapes.

​​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.

The Organic Cellar brings you the finest Organic Wines from ideal old world regions which support the best growing conditions for Organic and Natural production.  

We believe in the holistic benefits of sustainable agriculture and take pride in our commitment to both a healthy Earth and healthy customers.  Our wines are chosen for their taste, their minimal environmental impact and their commitment to quality.  All of the wines from The Organic Cellar are from small, family-owned estates. Enjoy organic, biodynamic and vegan wines from Italy, Spain and France!

Andii Ulrich is a regional sales representative for The Organic Cellar, a Laguna Beach, CA importer of fine organic & biodynamic wines.  You can find our wines in many great restaurants throughout Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego with the full portfolio available at LCA Wines in the SoCo Collection/ OC Mix in Costa Mesa, California

Enjoy premium California wines from unique and historic wineries in the Napa and Sonoma wine country appellations.  The Boisset Family estates focuses on wineries with unique terroir  and a commitment to sustainability through organic and biodynamic farming principles.   

The award wining family of wines includes Napa and Sonoma collections from Raymond Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards (certified biodynamic vineyard), Buena Vista, JCB Collection, Frenchie Winery.  The Boisset collection also includes a a selection of French wines from Bugundian producers Jean Claude Boisset, Louis Bouillot and Bouchard Aine & Fils.

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