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What is the consensus regarding consuming wine within the raw food community?
Is it considered "raw"? I would imagine nothing wrong with the fermentation process (unless sugars are involved) but not sure about the bottling process.
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Thanks everybody! Your comments are sure helpful, especially, since I belong to a "wine club". I will encourage our "wine connoisseur" to choose organic vs. conventional whenever I can.
I tip my glass to you all!
From what I've read, most wines have sulfites and/or nitrates in them as a preservative. BUT there are organic nitrate free - I'd go w/that.
One of the hurdles to make organic wine seems to be sulfites. Wines with more than 10 ppm of sulfite must bear the label, "Contains Sulfites." And while the label connotes a warning, the fact is sulfites happen and the chemical actually occurs naturally during fermentation, primarily coming from the skins.
Sulfites are nothing new and have been used as a food preservative for decades, often with fruit and vegetables. Winemakers have been adding small amounts to prevent oxidation and spoilage which is particularly helpful for aging wines. But sulfites have been used as a scapegoat for many wine drinkers as the source of headaches or cause of allergic reactions. And while there are a small number of people who may have sulfite allergies, sulfites are not responsible for the headaches.
Actually, sulfites are helpful in producing stalwart wines that age well. Unfortunately, it is one ingredient the organic certification police watch with a careful eye. Adding sulfites automatically invalidates any organic claim.
I enjoy a glass of wine almost daily! :) But then, I'm on the staff at a small winery, and I've seen and participated in) the process from the grapes to bottle. The warmest that wine ever gets is when the grapes are ripening in the Eastern Washington sunshine. :)
Some wines are made out of concentrated grape juice that's pasteurized and stored until winemaking begins; that stuff aint so fresh.
Oh I've got all kinds of thoughts on this, but I'll just share that most wine is considered raw and if you are going to have an occasional indulgence, it is especially nice to choose organic, bio-dynamic, sustainable labels if you can find them. For example, Pure Food & Wine (NYC) and 105degrees (OKC) have some pretty impressive bar menus that you can even glance at online.
I do think that alcohol CAN be a big diet/lifestyle sabotager for some people. It can mess with blood sugar and trigger hunger too. It can be hard on the liver and kidneys, so the optimal way to enjoy the wine & spirits is to just be really conservative. But I do think you can enjoy it in moderation and not blow your program.
That is just my 2 cents : )
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