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⚡️ Cheers!

To: Society Members

Good Morning!

To be totally frank, I have a few vices. I know this may come as shocking news since I’ve devoted the last two years to researching and developing the healthiest ways to live buuuut balance is key. There are still better alternatives to unhealthy habits that we’re not ready to give up. That was just a long-winded way to say: I really enjoy wine.

– ⚡️ Ashley


Natural Wines

In today’s scoop:

  • Conventional wines
  • Natural wines
  • How to find and choose the best wines

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.

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.

Natural Wine

As a note, every natural wine is organic but not all organic wine is natural. The biggest differentiator is that natural wines have a natural growing and fermentation process. They’re always organically or biodynamically farmed, fermented with wild indigenous yeast, and free of glyphosate and additives.

There are also fewer sulfites. Naturally, there are sulfites when anything is fermented, but they don’t add any extra. It also contains gut-friendly bacteria because they’re not sterilized and killed, like conventional wines.

How To Find And Choose The Best Wines

To find natural wine in your city, look for stores that specialize in it. The app Raisin can help you with that.

And, if you can’t find any, here are some beneficial qualities to look for in conventional wines:

  • Lower alcohol content. Even if it’s not natural, this usually means the style of winemaking is better. Aim for 12.5% or less. Wines from colder regions typically have lower alcohol levels.

  • Low sugar content, for obvious reasons.

  • Avoid Californian wine because it’s irrigated 100% of the time.


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