Contributed by our friends at Dry Farm Wines
The holidays have a funny way of encouraging over-indulgence. Wouldn’t you agree? We eat more, travel more, drink more, party more—everything seems to be in excess.
Our health takes a hit. We sacrifice our bodies for a few months in the name of celebration and good cheer. Then, we make the New Year’s Resolution to get back to our best health.
We’ve been going through this cycle for years now, and one of the main ways we overindulge is with alcohol. Hard liquor, sugary cocktails, beer, shots, high alcohol wines—the world consumes them all. In England, for example, one study found the country consumes 12 million more bottles of wine per week during this festive time than the rest of the year.
That’s a lot of headaches and hangovers. Plus, it feels like we’re cheating our healthy diets.
The holidays shouldn’t be a time for guilt or sacrifice. They’re a time for love and celebration! Alcohol can be a vibrant part of this celebration, but you have to drink the right stuff…
Low Alcohol Natural Wines
From all my research, I’ve learned that low alcohol Natural Wines are the ideal alcohol choice to maximize the health benefits (like all those polyphenols!) and minimize the negative ones.
Dry Farm Wines curates the world’s best healthy pure natural wines—all organic, sugar-free, natural, and low alcohol wines. We lab test every wine we import to make sure the alcohol content is 12.5% or less.
Your first reaction is probably like ours: why low alcohol? I like the buzz…
Low alcohol doesn’t mean “no buzz;” it’s a different better buzz completely. The wine industry markets high alcohol wines as more valuable and desirable. In reality, you can still get pleasantly tipsy from low alcohol wines, but you’ll feel fresh and euphoric. Here’s the best way we can explain it:
Creative expression. Lower alcohol doesn’t impact your cognition the same way liquor does. And wine doesn’t cause the inflammation from gluten in beer. Lower alcohol wines keep your mind active. They soften your anxieties and your barriers, so you feel more creative and expressive.
Euphoric buzz. When you drink lower alcohol wines, you don’t get “drunk;” instead, you get a social, euphoric buzz. You feel really good—energetic, smooth, joyful—without feeling sluggish or sloppy.
Lower alcohol wines provide the perfect balance between enjoyment and health, and they get us feeling the pleasurable buzz of wine without seriously damaging our bodies.
Sugar Free Sparkling
Another great part of Dry Farm’s philosophy is our health promise. We only offer wines free of added sugar and carbs (less than 1 g/L, so statistically sugar free).
It’s amazing to able to find sugar-free reds and whites for regular drinkers. We enjoy Pinots, Merlots, Chardonnays, and more, all while staying on a healthy diet.
What really caught on this year was sugar-free sparkling wine.
Bubbles are a staple of holiday celebrations, but they’re usually full of sugar. In fact, sparkling wine can have up to 50 g/L, which is like eating 2 teaspoons of sugar with each glass of wine (it’s because of the winemaking process, where many winemakers add sugar into the wine to trigger fermentation so bubbles form).
Without the sugar or carbs, you can feel good about clinking those bubbly flutes. You won’t sacrifice your health, and you won’t get negative wine reactions like headaches or energy crashes.
Food + Wine
Let’s talk about food and wine pairings for a second. We’ll be eating a lot during the holidays: homemade meals with family, dinner at your favorite restaurant with friends, and take out for those nights you need a break.
Natural Wine is the best wine to pair with food. It’s made without any additives or industrial processing, so it tastes vibrant and fresh. Much friendlier pairings with food!
Most industrial wine contains colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and other additives – there are actually 76 chemicals approved for use in US winemaking. And, wine labels aren’t required to post an ingredients list or nutrient facts, so we’ll never really know which ones we’re drinking.
Have you ever enjoyed a pure Natural Wine without any of this stuff? It tastes much different from commercial wine: it’s clean and crisp. It goes better with food because none of the additives (or high alcohol) conflict with the taste and subtle flavors of your meal.
Natural wine complements your food perfectly.
Dry Farm's Holiday Offers
Dry Farm Wines offers membership to the health community, where you can get access to their lab-tested Natural Wine as often as you’d like.
Plus, this wine makes the perfect gift. Dry Farm Wines has a strong gift lineup for the holidays; they’ll handle all logistics of shipping wine and even hand-write a personalized note for your gift.
And, with their unique Happiness Guarantee, they’ll either replace or refund any bottle you don’t enjoy. But we're not worried about that—as soon as you take a sip, you’ll taste and feel the difference with these wines. And trust us, your body and mind will thank you.
Kevin Gianni is co-founder and CEO of Annmarie Skin Care, an award winning skin care company that produces organic and wildcrafted facial oils, serums, and cleansers. Annmarie Skin Care has been one of Inc500’s Fastest Growing Companies and also was recognized as one of Inc500’s Best Workplaces. The company and products have been featured by many media outlets including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Organic Spa Magazine. He is also the author of Kale and Coffee: A Renegade's Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity published in 2015 by Hay House.