Disclaimer: If you don’t drink, don’t start! But if you do enjoy a glass or two, natural wine is a much healthier alternative to conventional wine.
Wine is just like us. It can become lazy if you spoon-feed it everything it needs. Conventional wine is irrigated (AKA given an abundance of water), which makes for a lazy vine, and leads to lazy fruits. Ultimately, this process yields a lower quality product with less nutritional benefits.
Irrigation also means that the fruit will be absorbing glyphosate, which is a toxin for our gut. Conventional wines are also always sprayed with glyphosate, which further increases their glyphosate content.
Organic wine, different from conventional and natural wine, is not sprayed but is still irrigated. So, it’s still less healthy than natural wines.
Some more bad news: there are a total of 76 additives approved by the FDA for winemaking. Some are natural, while others are toxic (like dimethyl-dicarbonate). Wine doesn’t require a content label, so you don’t know which chemicals or additives it has. And, it also doesn’t require a nutritional label, so you can’t see its sugar content. All to say, you have to be serious when choosing your wines, even if it makes you look like a wine snob.
Not to be a bigger buzz kill, but at least I’m not “killing” the wine with a chemical to eliminate all gut-friendly bacteria, which is what conventional winemakers do. And unfortunately, they’re almost always fermented with GMO lab-grown yeast, which makes it easier to work with, but our bodies don’t love that.