Since my early 30s, I have preferred a glass of red wine over any other adult drink. Many of my clients have asked which wines I prefer and why. Below are a few of my favorite table wines. I prefer dry reds (Cabernet and Merlot blends are my favorite) and primarily I choose organic. There is debate from many wine connoisseurs that it is unnecessary that the wines be organic because the grapes are sprayed before they start growing. However, from what I have researched, I feel that organic wine is a better choice. There is still a remaining chemical residue on the grapes and stems, no matter when the vineyard is sprayed. These chemicals can have unknown long-term effects on our bodies.
REGULAR V. ORGANIC
Regular wine vineyards may use chemicals like herbicides and fungicides in their vineyards and other additives, like sulfur or mega purple. The most common wine preservative is sulphur dioxide (also known as sulphites), which is allowed in many wines, even organic wines in some countries. Thankfully, added sulphites are not allowed in certified organic wines in the United States.
Wines (both regular and organic) that do not have added sulphites are more rare because of their shortened shelf-life. This makes label reading especially important with your wines. Make sure your wines are certified organic or if nothing else at least made with organic grapes. No one should have to drink chemical residue in their wine. It should be pure and delicious.
Studies have shown that red wine, in moderation, can be good for your health. Red wine has many antioxidants that can be beneficial for the body. Wine can also help reduce stress and even reduce cholesterol. As with anything, moderation is key. So enjoy a glass of wine, it is good for you!
HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WINES (under $20 a bottle):
Frey Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon (Organic)
Bonterra – Merlot
Our Daily Red – Red Blend (Organic)
If you are a bargain shopper, like me, there is always Pure Red, Badger Mountain boxed wine, which is four bottles per box (for about $20). It has a nice mild fruity taste and is priced right.
All suggested wines are made with organic grapes. Frey, in my opinion, is the smoothest, best dinner wine. I hope you try one tonight!