Let’s face it. We live in a wine society. Drinking wine is socially acceptable throughout the world. Wine has been enjoyed for many thousands of years in many different countries.
There are American wine societies, UK wine societies, and French wine societies, just to name a few. A wine society’s purpose could be to educate interested members in all aspects of wine.
This could include attending conferences, participating in wine tastings, achieving certifications, and taking online classes to learn about the history, traditions, geography, and culture involved in making, and drinking wine.
Perhaps the most important aspect of joining a wine society is to make new friends.
Is a wine society the same as a wine club? Wine clubs can have many of the same features, and aspects of a wine society, but often times wine clubs are set up primarily to be a source or a provider of wines for it’s members.
These clubs allow their members to get lower prices on wine, and allow them to taste different wines from different countries, and regions that they likely wouldn’t have access to on their own.
Usually these clubs are set up to send you wines on a monthly basis, but there are also some who send on a quarterly basis for those more cost conscious, and/or who prefer to drink wine less often.
There are different wine clubs to suit many different needs and desires of it’s members. Some wine clubs focus on only certain priced wines, or below a certain price.
Others provide wines from certain regions or countries of the world. Still others emphasize only red wines, or white wines, or even dry wines.
There are even wine clubs that concentrate on specific grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignons, or Pinots.
Perhaps the largest growth area of wine clubs is in the organic wine market or segment.
Organic, or natural wines currently encompass the sector of wines that is enjoying the strongest growth of popularity.
Organic wines are defined as two different types of organic descriptions on wine bottles. Wines can be made from certified organically grown grapes, containing no synthetic(man made) additives or pesticides.
Also organic wines can be defined as made from grapes that are organically grown, and not containing any additional sulfites, other than those sulfites that may be occurring naturally.
In the wine business’s attempt to produce wine in larger quantities, faster, cheaper, and with more consistency, the wine industry has adulterated it’s product to the extent to where it is a chemical laden concoction that may do more harm to it’s drinkers than good.
Additives are used to add coloring, make sweeter, change or improve flavor, change or bring more color, and a great deal more. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given it’s ok for 76 different additives for use in making wine.
If you are drinking non organic wines, here are some of the approved additives in your wine:
- Soy flour
- Tartaric acid
- Ammonium phosphate
- Colorings like Mega Purple and Ultra Red
- Granular cork
- Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers
- Oak essence (real oak barrels are cost prohibitive)
- Commercial yeast
- Ascorbic acid
- Defoaming agents (polyoxyethylene 40 monostearate, silicon dioxide, dimethylpoly-siloxane, sorbitan monostearate, glyceryl mono-oleate and glyceryl dioleate)
- Milk products (pasteurized whole, skim, or half-and-half)
- Oak chips or particles
- Albumen (egg white)
- Grape juice concentrates
and many more!
Components of World’s Healthiest Wines
So, let’s take this a big step further from just organic wines to super healthy wines. Did you know it is possible to drink wine and not suffer a hangover, or headaches the next day?
It does sound too good to be true, but it is true. When I first heard this claim I was very skeptical, but I had to find out if it was really possible.
Probably the biggest reason I cut way back on my wine, and other alcohol consumption is the hangover. Even days off of work can be miserable if you have a headache, and have to endure that tired, sluggish feeling all day.
Ok, not wanting to get a DUI is another big reason. I have often said, I wish somehow I could have a few or more glasses of wine without having to worry about being hungover the next day.
I occasionally drank organic wine, and felt good about putting something healthy into my body, but I was still suffering from the dreaded hangovers.
It turns out, that there are ways of growing, and bottling wine that if done properly can greatly enhance the taste, experience, and prevent hangovers.
The components needed to achieve this wonderful result are:
- Dry Farmed
Dry farmed vineyards get their water from the rain, not from irrigation. In so doing, deeper roots are created that interact with more microorganisms in the soil. They extract, and absorb more nutrients. They bring about healthier vines and, as a result, create richer, more complex wines.
- Bio Dynamic or Organic Farming
Healthy soil is the genesis of healthy wine. Biodynamic, and organic farming allow for, and bring about a healthy soil. Therefore, healthy vines require a vibrant soil full of beneficial microorganisms, and nutrient dense.
Unfortunately, in the last 50 years, the amount of pesticides sprayed on vines has grown 26 times. Grapes now have the dubious distinction of having some of the highest readings of synthetic pesticides of any farm crop.
Fortunately, organic and biodynamic farmers support the natural nutrient life in their farms, as well as the life in the soil itself. They use natural fertilizers like compost, compost teas, green manure, and cover crops.
They never use synthetic fertilizers. They use mechanical weeding instead of herbicides. They have livestock and grazing chickens to replace toxic insecticides.
Organic farms produce fruit as nature intended. These are the grapes you want for your wines.
- No Sugar
As you probably already know, sugar, especially refined sugar is highly detrimental to your health. In fact, refined sugar is one of the least healthy substances on earth to put into your body.
Most U.S. wines are high in sugars. Some of this sugar content can be from added sugar. The other sugars are left behind from a shortened fermentation process.
Natural/organic wines allow all of the naturally occurring sugars to convert to alcohol when the wine ferments fully. When no sugar is added and all the residual sugar is allowed to ferment, you have a sugar free wine.
- No Additives
Wine is not rocket science. It is simply fermented grapes. That’s all. Grapes that are grown from an organic, natural healthy vineyard already consist of all they require to become wine.
But the process for today’s wine making is much more complex. There’s a lot of disruption, and corruption during the wine making growth stages.
The American FDA has given the green light to 76 additives for use in making wines. 38 of those 76 additives are considered GRAS, or Generally Regarded As Safe.
This begs the question, why were the other 38 additives that did not make the GRAS list approved, and allowed to be added to wines?
Additives can be used to change flavors, add coloring, increase sweetness, and a great deal more.
- Lower Alcohol
It is no secret. Alcohol is toxic. Alcohol, like sugar, and red meat all feed cancer. It doesn’t necessarily cause cancer, yet it can certainly make it worse. The more we can limit our intake of alcohol, the healthier we will be.
It’s well known and proven that excessive amounts of alcohol negatively affect your bodily functions and brain development. And don’t we all know how rough those hangovers and headaches feel after a night of too many alcoholic drinks!
This is why it’s so important to begin with less alcohol. Lower alcohol wines permit you to enjoy all the benefits and good taste of wine throughout the entire evening without being exposed to the negative aspects.
- Laboratory Tested
The only requirement to be on a bottle of wine is the alcohol content. And even the alcohol content doesn’t need to be exact. It can vary as much as 1.5% as what is on the bottle.
The only way to find out what all is in a wine is to have it lab tested. In addition to the alcohol content in a wine, a lab can test for all ingredients, including the 76 additives that the FDA approved.
But where in the world can you find a wine society or wine club that provides wine that meets all this stringent criteria?
I happened upon this wine club a few weeks ago. They call themselves the only health-focused organic wine club in the world. They also claim to be keto-friendly, low carb friendly, and paleo friendly.
So if you would like to experience the finest natural, organic wines that are lab tested for the highest standard of health, and that you can enjoy without the hangovers, and headaches.