Recently you may have read (or re-read) of the benefits of resveratrol, which we're pretty sure inspired you to administer some red wine immediately. Did you know, though, that levels of resveratrol are higher in organic wines than in non-organic ones? True. When being tested against DOC and table wines for resveratrol and antioxidant activity, the organic wines had the highest amount, and even had 50% more antioxidant activity than table wines.
If this news concerns or excites you, and you are ready to make the switch entirely to organic wines, make sure you get what you came for, for most wines are not organic -- even when their labels say they are made with organic grapes.
When a wine label claims the wine is made with organic grapes, these grapes have been grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and the wines have been produced and bottled in a facility that has been certified organic. In addition, low levels of sulfites have been added.
Certified Organic wines, on the other hand, are grown, produced and bottled in the way delineated above, but they contain no added sulfites. Because sulfites occur naturally in wine, certified organic wines obviously contain them, but in their naturally occurring amounts. What's the big deal about sulfites? They help preserve a wine and prevent if from spoiling and oxidizing, thereby making an organic wine more prone to turning once opened; but really, isn't that all the more reason to share the bottle with good friends? Besides, both (red wine AND friends) are proven to be good for your heart.
This article is reprinted with the permission, sanction, blessing, exhortation, and enthusiastic endorsement of my friend and Bottlenotes' fearless leader, Alyssa Rapp. Let Bottlenotes help you begin (or continue) your journey inside the world of organic wines. Any palate is sure to be overjoyed by the array of varieties found at www.bottlenotes.com/organicwines.