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Yes, you can still enjoy your wine club shipments!
We all want to be conscious of what we put into our bodies - and wine is no exception. So, what is actually in the bottles of wine you receive in your wine club shipments?
See how the wines we choose correlate to these categories below regarding Low Sugar, Low Carb, and Natural wines, plus how they fit into strict diets such as Keto and Paleo.
Right off the bat, you should know that all of our wines are DRY wines and are all made by small wineries that take the utmost care and have meticulously high standards for everything from growing their vines and harvesting to fermentation and bottling.
If you love wine but also want to be health conscious, I have some great news for you: you can still enjoy your monthly wine club!
*See more details below the chart.
Essentially, “low-sugar” in terms of wine is the same as “dry”. Wines labeled semi-dry or sweet (among others) have higher levels of residual sugar (RS) or sugar that has been added. However, labeling a wine dry means they don’t have any added sugar and the natural-forming residual sugar is below 3 grams per 5oz glass:
• Dry Red wines have between 1-3 grams
• Dry White wines have less than 1-3 grams
• Dry Rosé wines have less than 1-3 grams
Dry red wines often have 1 or less than 1 gram of sugar per glass, whites tend to be closer to the 2-3 gram mark.
If you are being conscious of your sugar intake rest assured that you can still enjoy a glass!
Due to the low sugar quantities in dry wines, happily, they’re also naturally the lowest in carb count compared to any other type of wine (semi-dry, sweet, fortified, etc.). The exact number depends on how much is consumed, but here’s a quick carb count per a 5oz glass:
• Dry Red wines have about 1-2 grams
• Dry White wines have about 0-4 grams
• Dry Rosé wines have about 0-4 grams
The carbohydrates in wine come from the grape skins, seeds and residual sugar.
The term “natural” has been recently adopted when it comes to describing wine. It’s not a new technique, given that wine has been made naturally since the beginning of its existence - and continues to be made this way today.
The bulk wine industry is the main culprit, using a long list of additives and bizarre winemaking methods, that have fueled this natural movement. However, the regulations associated with “natural wines” are neither consistent nor well-vetted/agreed upon throughout the wine industry.
If a wine says it’s “natural” it can mean anything from sustainably-farmed, pure, zero-additives, minimally-processed, low-intervention, unfiltered, and the list goes on. But, some Natural winemakers can (and do) add sulfites, preservatives and/or stabilizers in low amounts, typically after fermentation. Yes, even with those small amounts, they can still label their wines as “natural’.
The wines we pick for our clubs are meticulously made and each winery has their own set of high standards when it comes to their grapes and wines. Anywhere from minimal intervention, to organic, biodynamic, dry farmed, and more. Take a look through our wine store to see more!
The basic keto diet is essentially low-sugar and higher in fat. Since there’s no fat in wine (thankfully), you can sip easy knowing the dry wines we feature are naturally low in carbs and sugar! See the examples above as a general guide or click on individual wines in our Wine Store to see the numbers on specific wines.
Also known as the ‘caveman diet’ consists of foods that you’d find hunting and gathering, while also excluding dairy, grains and legumes. Luckily the majority agree that dry red wine is the alcohol of choice while following the Paleo Diet. But it’s up to the individual if the process of making wine results in too high of alcohol levels to count as ‘paleo’. But it would also require wines that do not have any added or artificial sweeteners. All of the wines we feature in our wine clubs do not have added sugar and only include low amounts of natural, residual sugar. See more details on low-sugar wines above.
Yes, wine is ok to drink with a raw diet! Many think that because it has sulfites, it’s not ‘raw’. However, sulfites are naturally produced in small amounts during the fermentation process.
Always speak with a healthcare professional about any dietary, nutritional, herbal or homeopathic products, including but not limited to wines in our Wine Clubs and certain foods. See our policy page for more information.