We tend to remember some advice on drinking less the next morning or each January after overindulging during festivities. We've thought that this article on healthier wines, organic wine and natural wine in particular should come live in November so we are all in the know. This is our quick guide on calories in wine, alcohol units in wine and sugar in wine.
At Organic Wine Club, we promote drinking organic wine and we are confident that organic and natural wine will contribute greatly to your health. You already know that grapes may contain a lot of residual pesticides. Drinking organic means you do not feed yourself with all those nasty substances that were sprayed in the vineyards.
On top of that, organic wines and natural wines made with no added sulphites are very pure and expressive - both of the soil and grape variety. It means that you can savour every drop and enjoy amazingly tasting wines just in ever so slightly lesser quantities. Less is more - here we are talking about drinking less but having much more flavour in your wines. Here is our quick animation on natural wines and how they help many people who are sensitive to sulphites in wine.
The below tips, considerations and useful info is for you to fully prepare and enjoy your wines. Is it what people mean by ‘responsible drinking’? We do not know, but you are definitely going to be more responsible for your wellbeing by drinking healthier wines.
Let’s get started! Be mindful about drinking guidelines that are set by Government. These are of course basic and average numbers, but keep them in mind. Both men and women should try not to exceed 2-3 units a day and in total not more than 14 units per week.
In wine terms, this is 175ml of a 12% abv wine and you are done for a day. So the strategies to follow here could be: drink lesser quantities, so you comply with the units’ guidelines, drink lower alcohol wines and also watch out for calories.
Common questions we receive about Wine Calories are:
You should know that alcohol is high in calories with 7 calories per gram (carbs have 4 calories per gram). An extreme example of 17% abv bottle of wine will set you back by around 650 calories. One 175 ml glass of an average red will 'cost you' approx. 150 calories.
Just to you know if you even opt for a slightly lower abv wine at 13% you are still going to consume 2.3 units with your average glass of 175ml.
Some people are also watching their waistline and overall health by not consuming much sugar or choosing unrefined sugars. Regular still wines do not contain much of it as natural sugar in grapes is being consumed by yeast during fermentation and most of you reds and whites are dry so nothing to worry about.
Some conventional wines could be artificially sweetened and that is where we simply do not go for mass produced cheap wines - producers homogenise these wines, sweeten them so they appear fruitier. Opt for organic wines and you are safe.
One thing that you need to be aware of is sugars in sparkling wines. Even Brut Champagne can contain 12 grams of sugar per litre. If you want to watch that very carefully, choose Brut Nature wines or our newcomer - Skinny Prosecco!
Few more useful tips:
Invest in VacuVin set. It will allow you to literally suck the oxygen out of the bottle, that alone can preserve your white wine up to 5 (-ish) days and red wine up to 10 (-ish). It means that you do not need to finish a bottle, the whole procedure takes just a few seconds and you are good to go. Keep whites and light reds in the fridge - it will help to preserve the wine better. Of course with such a mechanical method you cannot preserve the open bottle of wine for much longer but for high priced wines it makes total sense not to drink it all ‘because I’ve paid a lot for it’, but to save for later. We sell it in-store for £11, let us know if you want one with your order! During the month of November we will add one set for free for every purchase of any 12 bottle case. Get yours - browse our wine club cases!
This can be a no compromise agreement with a mind. It is a mini-detox for your mind and body that should become a habit. With time two consecutive alcohol-free days a week will be magnificent. We at Organic Wine Club are joining you with this, so we are closed on regular Mondays!
Get natural wines with no added sulphites
Read our customer reviews, they all agree that these wines are lighter, they feel better in the morning, without flavour compromise. We’ve got amazing Wine Club Cases and if you are very new to them and simply want to try out - we’ve prepared some trial packs of 2 or 3 sulphite free wines for you here.
Finally, if you’ve decided to indulge, make it healthier - we have also prepared some hampers of natural wines and vegan wines with an addition of mixed selection of healthier organic products too.