Many wine drinkers prefer to have a wine that is clear rather than hazy, and in order to achieve that finish, the wine requires a clarification process called fining. Unfortunately some of the most common fining agents are derived from animal byproducts. Vegan wine hasn’t been fined using an animal-based fining agent or has been allowed to self-clarify over a longer period of time. Vegan wine is also produced without using any other animal byproduct ingredients.
The textbook definition of a “dry farmer” is one who never irrigates his vines, no matter the conditions. With no regulated standards, the definition has been evolving, and may include farmers who irrigate only in emergency situations. This is referred to as “rescue irrigation.” In these instances, the farmer is saving his crops or vines from death, with tough drought conditions and no rain in the forecast.
Sulfites in wine production have been used as a preservative and stabilizer for thousands of years, since the Romans first discovered that adding sulfites to their wine acted as a preservative. Sulfur is used in winemaking to stop bacteria and other yeasts from growing, as well as helping to ensure stability by preventing micro- organisms and oxidation from spoiling wine. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a natural by-product of fermentation so there will almost always be trace amounts of naturally occurring sulfites in wine, even those without any added sulfites.
There are many reasons to choose sugar free wines, including the hope for fewer headaches and less weight gain. We’ve got the lowdown on the role sugar plays in wine and a list of our top “sugar free” wines. Whether you’re looking to simply feel better the next day, or on a mission to lose weight while still enjoying a few glasses of wine each week, choosing sugar free wines may be the answer.
Biodynamic farmers create their own on-farm remedies- called Biodynamic preparations- instead of importing chemicals. These “preps” are made from materials found on the farm, and improve soil microbiology and fertility, enliven compost, and improve crop photosynthesis. Animals are respected members of a Biodynamic farms, cared for in a way that supports their inherent health and the full expression of their nature.
There is increasing interest in organic wine from around the world, both for their quality and the positive benefits to the environment. Organic wine is grown in a manner that protects the environment and preserves the life of both the soil and the vines. The resulting organic wines are truly the purest expression of the grape.
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