Organic wine, whats the big deal?

medlock-ames-winesI’m often surprised when I hear people, very dedicated to eating organic food, drinking poor wine choices with their dinners. It’s like eating super healthy and then eating lots of cane sugar for dessert. It’s sad that not more people make the connection to what they drink as well. You could ask yourself why even bother?

The thing is that grapes, as most of us know, are very receptive to pesticides and other chemicals. Grapes are number five on the twelve most contaminated dirty dozen lists. Not only do most pesticides have neurotoxins in them, but they also disrupt hormones and are very damaging for the development and reproductive systems. Conventionally-grown wine grapes can be treated with synthetic pesticides, fungicides and insecticides. Organically-grown grapes cannot be treated with any synthetic pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, or fertilizers. A great site to read more about this is at The Organic Vineyard Alliance.

Have you ever awakened around 2-3am after a night out and feeling like s**t?

Well it’s most likely that your liver is processing tons of toxins. I recommend a cup of Aloe Vera juice (inner filet) before going to bed after a dinner with wine to help your liver cool down and for general support.

On the other hand most of pesticides are extremely harmful for our bees. This could be a separate blog post in itself. Some growers are extremely ignorant about the damage to our soil and water that pesticides cause. Some people already link this to record high cancer rates in children here in Wine Country. The concept all together is just too alarming and too big of a concern to ignore. I always recommend that my clients switch to organic and sustainable farmed wine. We are blessed with many amazing wineries in Sonoma County that are awake and want to pass their legacy with dignity and respect to the next generations to come.

Here is a list of bad-ass wineries to support and to rise our glasses to!

So, next time you buy wine, choose a local organic and sustainable farmed one. . .why not?

Cheers,

Hermine

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