The Wine Dilemma: Organic Wine vs Non-Organic Wine
There are many things to consider when choosing a wine. Do you like reds or whites? Something full bodied or light? Have you ever considered whether or not it’s organic really matters much? I’d like to fill you in on a few things when it comes to organic wines and non-organic wines.
One thing to remember is the definition of organic wines. Most see it as meaning completely natural, but the definition in the U.S. means “A wine made from organically grown grapes without sulfites.” and that’s great, but it also implies that there aren’t any additives when in fact there is a list full of them containing things like yeast and animal enzymes. So your new organic wine may not be so vegan-friendly.
This doesn’t mean that non-organic wines are any better, they can have some of the same ingredients and have chemicals like fungicide in the vineyard and sulfur in the wine. The different types of chemicals being used in and around vineyards have a varying degree of toxicity to them.
Now if you’d like to be a bit more healthy in your wine choices, there are a few things you can do.
The first thing you should do is look at the label, no they don’t always tell you what they should, and if it’s truly an important issue for you, you can always go home and do a Google search on the brand. Look at the ingredient list, if you can’t pronounce it, and then be wary of it. Look at the area the vineyard is in, see reviews of the wines, and trust your instincts, if you think there is something wrong with the wine, don’t drink it.
Another thing you can do is look for the words “Made with organically grown grapes”
This mean two things
The wine contains fewer sulfites
It’s made with grapes from a certified organic vineyard.
There are also a couple of other stamp/logos you can look out for like
The sip certified : It restricts the use of bad chemicals in the vineyards.
Demeter : It offers organic and biodynamic certifications internationally.
There are upsides and downsides to everything, wine included, find what’s right for you.