Oh, Summer — how do we love thee? With a glass of wine, of course! Whether you’re meeting your friends for brunch, going to see an outside movie and need a beverage to sip on, or, simply going to hang with G-Ma on her porch in Staten Island, wine will always come through. But like everything else in life, it’s important to know exactly what you’re putting inside your body — especially if it involves our beloved wine. Thankfully, though, the wine industry is joining the wellness scene by creating health-conscious products that will perfectly pair with your acai bowl, or, let’s be real, that chicken parm sandwich — no judgment.
But how exactly is the market changing? And what kind of things should you look out for when you purchase? Well, we’ve partnered with Ruffino Wines to explore the different kinds of healthy(ish) wines that are out there. So grab your favorite wine (duh) and scroll on to see what kind you should sip on if you want to be just a little healthier
For instance, Ruffino Wines recently explored the wellness scene with a stunning event that explored the essence of summer. Bottles of Ruffino’s prosecco, pinot grigio, and sparkling rose were mixed with organic fruits and vegetables to make health-centric cocktails. While manis were entered into the mix thanks to Chillhouse, the juice bar was where all the action was due to DIY juice-blended cocktails. Even though it’s kind of an oxymoron to mix juice with alcohol, to us, wine is considered a fruit group because it’s made out of grapes. So cheers!
As for the other types of healthy wines you can explore, below is a list of just a few and what they mean — because the sooner you know, the sooner you can get to poppin’.
Organic: Everyone is probably familiar with this type of wine. It’s been on the market for quite some time and everyone and your mom drinks it. But what exactly makes wine organic? Well, so glad you asked. Organic wine is derived from vineyards that don’t use artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides and are usually grown from organic grapes that are sulfite-free.
Biodynamic: However, biodynamic wines use a method of growing grapes that syncs harvest to the lunar calendar and are pesticide-free. The farmers believe that everything is interconnected and the harvesting calendar is based on the four elements: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water. Plus, no additives like commercial yeast is added to the batches. While this practice started in the 1920s, it’s slowly become popular in the last few years.
Sustainable: Sustainable wine is organic wine + waste reduction management. These types of vineyards are mindful when it comes to product waste. Depending on the type of region, there are different types of sustainability certifications one must live by to be considered sustainable.
Vegan: While most people may believe wine is already vegan, some vineyards use certain “refining agents” aka gelatin (meat protein), casein (milk protein), and albumin (egg whites) to attract the bad molecule to remove them from the grapes. Instead, vegan wines use things like activated charcoal.
Pétillant Naturel: If you want wine, but don’t want to feel the hangover, Pétillant Naturel — which translates to naturally sparkling — is the way to go. It has low-alcohol and has a nice crisp, bubbly finish like Champagne or Prosecco — which means it’s perfect to drink during summer. We believe this method of wine will be trending very soon.
Natural: Natural wines are usually made with native yeasts and little to no sulfur. Low amounts of sulfur dioxide are usually the only additive used — but that is usually based on the winemaker’s discretion. Either way, it’s supposed to be healthier because nothing is added or taken away from the natural grape.
Sponsored by Ruffino Wines
Written by Raven Ishak
Photography via Ruffino Wines