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Holiday Wine Cellar: Healthy Wine Guide

Holiday parties and celebrations often lead to excessive drinking and gnarly hangovers. But did you know there’s such a thing as healthy wine? In this healthy wine guide, we’re filling up your holiday wine cellar with high-quality natural wines that are delicious, organic, sugar-free, low alcohol and additive-free, keeping you merry and bright all holiday season long (no headaches required!). 

Holiday parties and celebrations often lead to excessive drinking and gnarly hangovers. But did you know there's such a thing as healthy wine? In this healthy wine guide, we're filling up your holiday wine cellar with high-quality natural wines that are delicious, organic, sugar-free, low alcohol and additive-free, keeping you merry and bright all holiday season long (no hangovers required!). 

UPDATE: This post was originally published in December 2017.

It’s interesting how the holidays have a way of encouraging over-indulgence. We eat more, travel more, drink more, party more; everything seems to be in excess. And while I’m all about the 80-20 rule, our health can really take a hit during this time of year. 

One of the main ways we overindulge is with alcohol–everything from hard liquor and sugary cocktails, to beer and high alcohol wines.

In fact, did you know that people drink more alcohol in November and December than any other time of the year? (source)

This not only equals a lot of headaches and hangovers; it makes us feel like we’re cheating on our regular healthy lifestyle and can actually take quite a toll on our health.

But really, the holidays shouldn’t be a time for guilt or deprivation–they’re a time for love and celebration! I believe that, in moderation, alcohol can be a vibrant part of the festivities.

You just have to drink the right stuff.

So, today I’m sharing my favorite healthy wine for the holidays. (For a Guide on Healthier Beer, check out this post.) Read on to learn about some savvy swaps you can make this season to keep your health in check and hangovers at bay!
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Holiday parties and celebrations often lead to excessive drinking and gnarly hangovers. But did you know there's such a thing as healthy wine? In this healthy wine guide, we're filling up your holiday wine cellar with high-quality natural wines that are delicious, organic, sugar-free, low alcohol and additive-free, keeping you merry and bright all holiday season long (no headaches required!). 

Do You Know What’s Really In Your Wine?

As you might remember from my previous wine guide, conventional wines are highly processed and contain questionable additives and/or toxic pesticides and herbicides. In fact, Did you know…

  • there are 76 chemicals and additives approved by the FDA for use in winemaking?
  • standard modern wines are now much higher in alcohol and sugar than our ancestor’s wines, and are also filled with questionable – if not downright harmful – chemicals and additives to improve texture, color and flavor? Put another way: winemakers are trying to mask the low-quality grapes and winemaking techniques being used.
  • consumers have almost no way of knowing if the wines they’re drinking contain these additives? The U.S. government does not require wine labels to include nutritional information or ingredient lists.

What is Healthy Wine?

From all my research, I’ve learned that low alcohol, organic, biodynamic or natural wines are the ideal alcohol choice to maximize the health benefits of wine (like all those polyphenols!) and minimize the negatives.

My favorite place to get healthy wine is from Dry Farm Wines, which curates the world’s best natural healthy wines in subscription boxes.

There no additives, industrial machinery, or GMO fruit in their wines, meaning you get a finished product that’s organic, clean, and has a positive impact on your health.

Amazingly, they only offer wines free of sugar and carbs (less than 1 g/L, so statistically sugar-free), which is super hard to find, but it makes a huge impact on how you feel (sugar = headaches)!

Plus, Dry Farm Wines lab tests every wine they import to make sure the alcohol content is 12.5% or less.

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Don’t worry! Low alcohol doesn’t mean “no buzz”–it’s a different buzz altogether. You can still enjoy the pleasant effects of low alcohol wines, but you’ll feel fresh and euphoric – not inflamed, foggy or sluggish.

The perfect balance between enjoyment and health!

To boot, the taste is far superior! As soon as you take a sip, you’ll taste and feel the difference with these wines, as they’re much cleaner, vibrant, complex and crisp compared to commercial wine.

Holiday parties and celebrations often lead to excessive drinking and gnarly hangovers. But did you know there's such a thing as healthy wine? In this healthy wine guide, we're filling up your holiday wine cellar with high-quality natural wines that are delicious, organic, sugar-free, low alcohol and additive-free, keeping you merry and bright all holiday season long (no headaches required!). 

Healthy Wine for the Holidays

Dry Farm Wines puts quality above all else, so their wine selection is constantly changing since all the wines come from small organic productions.

So rather than selling a specific label or bottle, they use a subscription model, where you buy a mixed box, complete with seasonal promos to match the holiday style.

Plus, you can cancel anytime without any fees and with their unique Happiness Guarantee, they’ll either replace or refund any bottle you don’t enjoy – so there’s no risk!

Here are some ways you can enjoy healthy wine this holiday season.

Thanksgiving Collection

Ready for some healthy natural wine at your Thanksgiving table? Be sure to check out Dry Farms Thanksgiving Collection where you can choose either 6 or 12 bottles, red, white or mixed. Plus you can add-on sugar-free bubbly or organic rosé to your bundle!

This is perfect for your holiday festivities and also makes a great gift for your Turkey Day host or hostess. 

Order by November 12, 2018 for free ground shipping to ensure your box arrives by the big day! (Don’t worry–you can also expedite shipping if you’re reading this after the 12th!)

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 Sugar Free Sparkling Wine

Bubbles are a staple of holiday celebrations, but they’re usually full of sugar. Many winemakers add sugar into the wine to trigger fermentation so bubbles form. In fact, sparkling wine can have up to 50 g/L, which is like eating 2 teaspoons of sugar with each glass of wine!

Dry Farm Wines also has a sparkling collection: from Spanish Cava to Italian Prosecco, every sparkling wine is organically farmed and naturally made without additives, plus free of sugar and carbs, making them completely Paleo and Ketogenic.

YES PLEASE! No need to sacrifice your health and get negative wine reactions like headaches or energy crashes.

Sign up for a sparkling wine subscription of 3 organic, handpicked sparkling wines monthly so you can feel good about clinking those flutes and enjoy a New Years celebration without the hangover!

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Kate Kordsmeier headshot by Heidi Geldhauser

Hand Picked Gift Box

This is the first time Dry Farm Wines is offering 3 (or more) bottles as a one-time gift, so take advantage!

If you want to give the gift of natural wine for the holidays (who wouldn’t love that?! It’s really the PERFECT gift for any host/hostess or wine lover!), check out their Hand-Picked Gift Box where you can choose red, white or mixed.

It even includes a personalized, hand-written gift note! Plus, they’ll handle all logistics of shipping the wine so you can sit back and relax.

Healthy Wine for Just 1 Penny

Sign up for Dry Farm Wines’ membership and get an extra bottle for just ONE PENNY in your first order!

You can cancel your membership anytime, so it’s risk-free. Dry Farm Wines is one of the only places I know of where you can place an order and be GUARANTEED that ALL the wines you’re buying are safe, natural and free of additives, so to me it’s a no-brainer and totally worth the slightly higher price to get this kind of quality.

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Whether or not you try out Dry Farm Wines, I do hope that you start to look for natural, organic and biodynamic wine so you can enjoy the health benefits without the harmful additives found in modern wine.

Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season!

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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9 comments on “Holiday Wine Cellar: Healthy Wine Guide”

  1. So they have barely any residual sugars? Their wines must be quite dry then. Which ones did you prefer?

    • They definitely aren’t sweet wines, but they aren’t bone dry either. They’re much more complex and interesting, honestly. Also, it’s important to note that there’s a difference between added sugar (which is when a winemaker adds cane sugar, corn syrup or grape concentrate) and residual sugar, which primarily comes from the fruit sugars in wine grapes themselves. Though residual sugar is natural, wines that have high levels of RS are often the source of wine headaches. These wines are literally sweeter, and contain more calories and carbs (read: not as friendly to your waistline).

    • Oh yes, and to answer your question about which ones I prefer – their inventory always changes since they primarily work with smaller vineyards, there isn’t a large stock of any particular type. Thus, you don’t order specific wines by title with Dry Farm, you order different bundles of red, white, sparkling, etc. Hope this all helps!

  2. Such an interesting article and at a great time for the holidays coming up. Once I switched over to a plant based diet I stopped drinking heavy alcohol but wine is still my favorite on special occasions! I’ll be checking out Dry Farms and their holiday box! Could also make a great gift!

  3. It’s definitely a good idea to try and buy healthier wines if you can and of course to only drink in moderation.

  4. I’m so happy to learn about Dry Farm! I love wine but can feel my body’s reaction to wine that isn’t great quality – I get an instant headache and my jaw even starts to ache! So strange. I can’t wait to try these amazing wines!!