We have all heard that drinking wine (red wine in particular) in moderation is actually GOOD for you. Long before its known health properties, people from around the world have long been consumed with their passion for wine. Both in perfecting the craft of wine making and enjoying it as a daily pleasure. Now researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle and Harvard Medical School (amongst others), report that the natural compound Resveratrol, found in the skin of grapes, combat disease related to aging (i.e., Type 2 Diabetes, some cancers, Alzeimer's, Heart Disease etc.). So that's good news, right? The answer is maybe.
Sure, its great that wine in moderation is GOOD for you but lets not forget where the wine is coming from. Obviously, we all know that wine comes from grapes. And grapes are subject to all the same modern agriculture challenges that all other farmed products experience. Grapes ripen quickly, they tend to mold, attract insects and are subject to a multitude of various other offenders that could potentially damage them. So what's a grape grower to do...? Pesticides. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has placed grapes on the "Dirty Dozen" foods most contaminated with pesticide residues. For some foods that have pesticides applied to them, you can lessen your risk of exposure to those toxins by simply peeling the outer skin. In winemaking, the grapes skins are literally pressed, thereby causing those same harmful pesticides to permeate throughout the entire contents of the juice. So why drink pesticide laden wine that offsets any good that glass of wine could do for you but rather make a healthier and tastier choice.
Compared to conventionally grown grapes, organic grapes do not suffer at all in quality or taste. In fact, they are even tastier, have brighter flavors and have even greater health benefits. There are so many great wineries out there who are committed to making great wines using certified organic grapes, abstaining from using any chemicals or pesticides. Some wineries have taken it one step further and practice Biodynamic farming.
One amazing such winery is called Quivira Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg, CA. A visit to Quivira will not only be a fabulous experience tasting some pretty great organic wines but you can enjoy the gorgeous grounds where they have chicken coops and pigs, greenhouses, a sustainable garden bed, flower gardens, fruit trees, bee hives, composters, and many other elements that all contribute to a 100% biodynamic garden and winery. It's really amazing! And did I mention that their wines are incredible?
There are many grape growers and winemakers out there that recognize the need for more organic vines and fruit and are making efforts to produce quality wines that taste great and are affordable. I would encourage you to make a change and if you are going to enjoy some wine, try one that is organic. You can feel good knowing that you are fully enjoying ALL of the benefits of the wine and not taking in all of those nasty toxins.
For more pictures and information from our visit to Quivira Vineyards and Winery, click on the farmerbrowne facebook link above. You can also visit their website at QUIVIRAWINE.COM.