Fake news, advertorials, ads.. We are bombarded by promotional messages hundreds if not thousand times a day. It is not surprising it's not very easy to separate truth from manipulation. We've collected 5 major truths about conventional wine that mass media prefer to quietly forget about.
Many people do not know that grapes accumulate more harmful pesticides and herbicides than most other fruit. It means that conventional wines are not just alcohol, they come with additional harmful toxins. Why do you need to drink it?
Organic wine is made from grapes grown organically. Organic farming presumes that no harmful pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers are allowed to grow the grapes. No artificial or synthetic preservatives were used, no colours added and no agents added to alter the taste; obviously nothing genetically modified.
Common sense tells us that less toxins and less harmful substances will mean healthier you. That is how you can care for yourself better.
*Organic wine benefits as per Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton, University of Rome’s Clinical Nutrition, University of California at Davis and University of Newcastle. They are responsible to research 'is red wine good for you'
Organic viticulture means a better care for the environment. It takes over 3 years to convert a regular vineyard to a certified organic. Yet can you imagine how much harm intense spraying causes the soil?
Some farmers say that after 7 years of an intense chemical fertilisation and spraying with herbicides they cannot even grow carrots there. Soil will then need to ‘rest’ for years and years until it will have a chance to be fertile again. Shockingly terrifying.
We find it appalling that even wine critics suggest that sulphites are OK. They are obviously compensated by those big corporations who produce wines with a lot of sulphites.
Sulphites or ‘preservatives 220’ are additives that are used during winemaking process to hide some faults, prevent oxygen from entering the vats and, in general, protect the winemaker from accidental flaws. In conventional winemaking process it it fairly usual that significant amount of sulphites is added. Alcohol issue aside, sulphites are responsible for additional headaches and are a big issue for more than 2.5 million Britons who are sensitive to them. Why to drink those preservatives?
Whilst flavours and taste preferences do vary, there was an independent blind tasting panel created by Decanter wine magazine. Its task was to taste varietal and blended wines, one conventional and one organic, evaluate them and decide which are better. After tasting dozens of wines the results were inconclusive. The decision was made to conclude that there were no significant flavour differences between them. So why drink conventional wines that are injected with chemicals and contain residual pesticides?
It is true that organic wine is generally produced in lesser quantities by smaller companies. They don't enjoy economies of scale as big corporations. Supermarkets also don't stock them as the production is fairly limited. You can find good organic wine online or at independent wine merchants. Their margins are a bit higher because they are also small businesses.
However the difference is not that big. Good quality organic wine starts at £8 or so and the average price of wine is actually the same as with any good wine store.
Did you know that if a given wine retails at £9, it will only earn less than £2 for the winemaker? This is how much is being spent on taxes, transportation, storage, distribution and retail. Can you imagine what's in that bottle if the wine costs less than that?
That was all food for thought for you today. Many thanks for your attention and let's stay healthy and happy. Should you wish to try some delicious organic wine, claim your introductory voucher below!
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