The sacred act of winemaking has come a long way since the time of our ancestor’s drinking habits. Sadly, its new combination of corporate greed and a strong thirst for mass consumption has made for a toxic mix of industrial wines that are more along the lines of “factory made” than fresh, organic, and from the vineyards. Before you next imbibe, take a look at the dirty facts and some refreshingly delicious alternatives to the chemically infused sips the West has adjusted to.
This is What Wine Companies Don’t Want You to Know:
Todd White, founder of the Biodynamically pure wine club, Dry Farm Wines explains that there are several different categories to understand while seeking out the highest quality product. First, there is the conventional wine that you find in an everyday grocery store. This category is essentially a mass produced version of wine. In fact, 52% of the popular wines you find are from three giant wine conglomerates. While you see many different labels portraying specialty farms and vineyards, many of these labels are in fact, from the same company. Besides the sneaky advertising, these wines are bottled up with a long list of additives and neurotoxins. Shockingly, there are 76 additives approved by the FDA for use of winemaking making it the only major food product without a contents label. Ultimately, mass-produced wines are a terrifying alchemy of high sugar content, alcohol, and lip staining color agents.
“Loving” Organic Vs. Industrial Organic.
While going organic seems the much better choice when selecting your wine, it’s important to make the distinction between a truly “loving” and organically made wine and the not-so-natural industrial organic wines. Todd explains that authentically pure and natural wines are literally made with the spirit of love. The vines from the selected vineyards at Dry Farm Wines are always 65-100 years old. Older vines describe a beautiful back story of the non-profit driven, multigenerational people who create the wine – from soil to glass. Besides not using pesticides on the plants, another important aspect of the “loving” organic wines is that they are never irrigated. A Dry Farm (non-irrigated soil) means that the soil is plump with biodiversity and rich in wildlife. The tougher soil means the roots literally have to work harder to build their vines, hence a more full-bodied, flavorful grape and eventual wine.
Industrial organic wines, on the other hand, may be free from pesticides but they are not exempt from the awful additives and genetically modified yeast that is fed to the batch. Additionally, what makes these wines higher in sugar and alcohol content is the sulfur dioxide, that add-in that kills the yeast before it finishes eating the sugar.
Biodynamic Wine is Always Best.
Investigating your wine before purchase and consumption is always the best choice before you even lean in for a quick sip and a swirl. Know what you put in your body, no matter what. The good news is that finding a clean wine does not mean you have to miss out on the powerful flavor and wonderful experience. Rather, choosing pure, lab-tested wines means more fun, better health, and no hangovers. While most labels are not completely honest with the percentage of alcohol (which is a nasty neurotoxin), Dry Farm Wines only distributes wines that are 6-12 ½ % alcohol and they are sugar-free. These wines truly embody the spirit of biodynamic – the bottles are only filled with wild native yeast, grape juice, and a lot of love. Rather than grabbing a glass from an industrial, refill driven brand, go the extra mile with companies that actually care about the health of humanity and the planet.
Yes, know thyself, but know your wine too. Don’t forget to drink consciously, eat well, and be merry.