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Wine! Organic or not... does it matter? Bonus Q: What are your favorites?

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Created December 25, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I don't normally drink much alcohol. I am too weight conscious for that, and my weight will normally shift a pound or three after any type of alcohol, worse for beer.

When I do drink now, it's red wine and preferably organic. I'm not sure it matters, though. So I figured I would ask the experts.

We bought 6 bottles for the holidays. So far I have tried Albero Tempranillo Barrica, which is a Spanish Red and was yummy for $6 at Trader Joes. And Well Read, a "California Red Wine" which is organic AND sulfite-free and not as yummy, a little too bitter for me. It was $8 at Trader Joes.

edit: bumping my own question, I know we have some more winos around here. Gimme recommendations, please!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 27, 2010
at 01:34 PM

There is a vineyard on my way to my mom's which is really close, but I don't know if they have a retail outlet there. I think they may just sell the grapes. I have never heard of biodynamic. I'll have to research that one!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 27, 2010
at 01:33 PM

WOW! That is a deal! I will track that one down for sure!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 27, 2010
at 01:32 PM

Thanks! Maybe that will be my New Year's Eve treat!

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 26, 2010
at 02:17 AM

The imported ciders from England are good--not at all sweet like many of the domestics.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on December 26, 2010
at 12:44 AM

Trader joes has a international Australian cab that's a steal for $2.69, quite good for a small cheat, reds are part of my permanent 10%

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 26, 2010
at 12:15 AM

Mmm, I like sweet wines, but Cabernet Sauvingnon is probably my favorite. I will have to look for Australian wines too! Of course, now I probably won't have wine again for months.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 26, 2010
at 12:14 AM

I like wine a lot more than I used to! I am curious to see if the gluten free beer still bloats me the same as regular beer. I also want to find a good cider. I will have to keep my eye out for the Frey Vineyards wines. Thanks!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on December 25, 2010
at 10:53 PM

have you tried a sulfite free organic wine side by side? I had a friend force the comparison on me(not very hard to do). big difference to my taste buds, as well as ive been told the hangover from overindulgence.

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 25, 2010
at 10:36 PM

I wouldn't put any wine up to the "organic litmus test." Neither would I restrict wines based on the addition of sulfites. Red wines typically have ten times less sulfites than, say, dried fruit. Even the "no added sulfite" wines will have some sulfites. Its a natural preservative. Now if you're allergic, then it's a good idea to simply never drink wine...

That said, there's an excellent $8 blend from Mendocino (Frey Vineyards). I can't remember all the varietals in contains, but it does include Syrah (my favorite--goes with so many foods).

I drink beer maybe once a year now. The only one I would seek out is Green's. There are three or four flavors (I've had two--"Discovery" and "Endeavor"). These are serious beers. The catch is that they are made from sorghum. Thus, they are entirely gluten-free. Well worth it to try if wine is not your thing.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 26, 2010
at 12:14 AM

I like wine a lot more than I used to! I am curious to see if the gluten free beer still bloats me the same as regular beer. I also want to find a good cider. I will have to keep my eye out for the Frey Vineyards wines. Thanks!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 27, 2010
at 01:32 PM

Thanks! Maybe that will be my New Year's Eve treat!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on December 25, 2010
at 10:53 PM

have you tried a sulfite free organic wine side by side? I had a friend force the comparison on me(not very hard to do). big difference to my taste buds, as well as ive been told the hangover from overindulgence.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 26, 2010
at 02:17 AM

The imported ciders from England are good--not at all sweet like many of the domestics.

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8632c87a833f1d30f5fa8d4768d10c45

on December 27, 2010
at 02:56 PM

I love full bodied, old country, red wines... I have a glass almost every night with dinner. Organic or not, I don't stress over it, I just relax and enjoy :)

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6eb2812b40855ba64508cbf2dc48f1b6

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on December 27, 2010
at 11:25 AM

I was a big beer drinker before I went gluten-free in 2008, but I don't like any of the gluten-free beers I've tried. I've tried a lot of hard ciders (and BTW, not all cider is gluten-free) but mostly find it too sweet.

As far as wine is concerned, I'd look for biodynamic not organic. I do buy most of my wine at vineyards. I like to support my local wine farmers, and there's a lot of terrific wine within 10 miles of my home.

Wine is made in every state!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 27, 2010
at 01:34 PM

There is a vineyard on my way to my mom's which is really close, but I don't know if they have a retail outlet there. I think they may just sell the grapes. I have never heard of biodynamic. I'll have to research that one!

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on December 25, 2010
at 10:18 PM

the Organic/Sulfite Free taste a lot better. I was given a side by side taste test. Ive heard anecdotal evidence that the hangover is far less severe as well. I usually only have a glass or two so havent experienced this personally yet.

Im all about the Dry Reds. Merlot and Cabernet. Im partial to the Southeastern Australian varieties right now.

I get headaches with the sugary wines.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 27, 2010
at 01:33 PM

WOW! That is a deal! I will track that one down for sure!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on December 26, 2010
at 12:44 AM

Trader joes has a international Australian cab that's a steal for $2.69, quite good for a small cheat, reds are part of my permanent 10%

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 26, 2010
at 12:15 AM

Mmm, I like sweet wines, but Cabernet Sauvingnon is probably my favorite. I will have to look for Australian wines too! Of course, now I probably won't have wine again for months.

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