Need a reason to drink more organic wine? Here’s four:
1. For the environment
Growing organically means no pesticides or herbicides are sprayed on the grapes, so in turn they are not getting into the soil and our water supplies. Which also means…
2. No pesticides or herbicides in the wine
From Dr. Andrew Weil: “On February 13, 2013, the wine trade journal Decanter reported on a study showing that 90 percent of samples from 300 French wines contained traces of at least one pesticide. The wines were analyzed for 50 different compounds from a range of pesticides and fungicides. Those most commonly found were ‘anti-rot’ fungicides, which are often applied late in the growing season.” We probably all agree that pesticides don’t sound like a good thing to have in wine!
Also grapes are 5th on the EWG’s 2018 Dirty Dozen list, reporting 96% of conventional grapes test positive for pesticide residues. While the EWG is concerned with grapes sold to supermarkets for consumer consumption, not wine grapes, the point is that pesticides stick.
3. Fewer sulphites
While sulphites occur naturally during the fermentation process and some must be present in wine to maintain freshness in storage, organic wine contains a quarter to a third of the sulphites found in conventional wine.
Why do we care about sulphites? A small portion of the population may have a sensitivity to them, causing headaches, asthma, skin flushing, itching, nasal congestion, or even skin rashes.
And another reason to care about sulphites leads us to #4…
4. Less of a hangover?
Excessive sulphites are thought to be a likely cause of the dreaded hangover headache, and possibly add to the grogginess and fatigue often felt the next day as well. Of course drinking too much alcohol of any kind will result in a hangover, no way around it, and everyone is different in how they react to what they eat or drink – for you it may be the sulphites causing the headache while for your friend it could be histamines or tannins.
The only way to know if organic wine will result in less of a hangover is to switch to organic and see if it makes a difference for you. Sounds like a fun trial to us!