63: How to Choose a (Truly) Healthy Wine with Todd White

63: How to Choose a (Truly) Healthy Wine with Todd White

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63 Howto Choosea Healthy Winewith Todd White

As a mom of six, it’s long been part of my weekly ritual to sit down with my husband after the kids are in bed and enjoy all a good glass of wine has to offer. But as my diet improves (and as I get older … ahem), I find I’m more and more likely to get hangover-like symptoms, even from just one or two glasses of wine.

This is a problem! And one that isn’t as simple as sulfites, as many commonly think.

Thankfully, I discovered Todd White, wine expert from the Napa Valley, and the amazing Dry Farm Wines company. Dry Farm Wines works with small family vineyards all over the world to provide pure, natural wines that are also … get this … sugar free!

Dry Farm Wines: The Best Wine for Your Health

It all started when Todd set out to solve a personal problem: how to still indulge his passion for wine while avoiding the #1 public health enemy, sugar. His solution grew into Dry Farm Wines, the only lab tested, all natural, health quantified wine merchant in the world today.

Dry Farm “biohacks” wine so we can have all of its health benefits without the downsides. Many leading U.S. health influencers endorse these wines, including Mark Sisson, Dave Asprey, Robb Wolf, Abel James, the Fat Burning Man, and others (and now me!).

Todd’s expertise on wine is vast, and I can’t thank him enough for sharing what he knows so I can keep enjoying a good glass of wine!

In This Episode, You’ll Learn

  • The many health benefits of wine (especially red wine) within moderation
  • How to choose the best wines that won’t give you a headache or add to your waistline
  • The inside scoop on the commercial wine industry’s practices and labeling
  • Why not all natural wines are sugar free
  • The shocking hidden additives in wine like heavy metals, artificial coloring, and animal byproducts (and how to avoid them)
  • How the Ketogenic diet works and why so many people choose it as a lifestyle
  • Why meditation is the greatest biohack in all of history
  • The benefits of deep breathing practices, cold therapy, and other alternative approaches to health
  • And more!

The Dry Wine Farming Difference

So how does Dry Farm Wines accomplish what they do? Can sugar-free, low-carb wine really taste good?

The truth is, traditional wine making practices produce the best (and lowest sugar) wine. Just like with food, the industrialization of winemaking over the last fifty years has lowered the quality of wine by choosing cheap, fast methods of production.

For this reason, Todd recommends wine not from the U.S. or the Napa Valley, as you might think, but wine from small vineyards in Europe.

One big difference? Dry farming.

The U.S. leads the world in the irrigation of grapevines with almost 100% of all vineyards in the U.S. being drip irrigated. This might seem like a harmless enough practice, but most of Europe has outlawed irrigation, and for good reason.

Todd explains why irrigation isn’t as harmless of a practice as it might seem:

When the fruit ripens on a grapevine, the physiology of that ripening process is deeply impacted by irrigation…. This is the reason that the Europeans don’t irrigate. It’s because the character of the taste of the fruit fundamentally changes.

And it’s not just taste that’s sacrificed. Higher water content means the grape will need to have a higher sugar content to make good tasting wine. The higher the sugar content at the time of picking, the higher the level of alcohol (and sugar byproducts like glycol) in the final product.

All this has a health impact. Dry farming practices make the grapevine grow deeper roots, produce more complex tasting fruit, and lower the water, sugar, and final alcohol content.

Which means no more headaches for us!

Other Benefits of Dry Farm Wines

  • Comes from small European vineyards that use the purest natural farming methods on the planet
  • Dry farmed without irrigation
  • Low 7-12.5% alcohol content (commercial wines can be up to 24% alcohol)
  • Lab-tested to be sugar and carb free (even natural wines can have 0 to 300 grams per liter)
  • Lab-screened for absence of mold and toxins
  • No added sugar or chemical additives
  • Never uses sawdust or wood chips for fake oak flavor
  • No or minimal sulfites
  • Delivery to your door
  • Oh yeah, and wine stains come out much easier than conventional wines 🙂

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Do you enjoy wine? Have you ever experienced negative side effects from drinking it even in moderation? Please share what has and hasn’t worked for you!

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Reader Comments

  1. Please explain to me what alcohol is? Alcohol is the fermentation of sugars. There is something called residual sugar in sweet wines. If you are choosing dry wines with no sweetnesss which have fermented all of the sugars that does not necisarily make it low carb or low sugar. The alcohol itself is high in carloeies regardless of the percentage of alcohol by volume. Everything in moderation can be assumed to be ‘heakthy’. I am pretty disappointed that this blog has become a vehicle for advertising. Please read up on wineries accross the world. Wines made in napa valley and Oregon as well as the finger lakes of New York and Long Island follow traditional wine making methods used in Europe. There is an extremely heavy amount of regulation even in the states.

    • Can you please point me to the wineries in the us that use traditional, dry farming? I’d like to order within the us if I can. Thanks.

  2. Really enjoyed the information here, as an avid wine drinker I want to be more mindful about what wines I do ingest. The price for this particular company is a bit high, but I will now be more selective. Great Podcast!

  3. Do you know of any good wines that will ship to Canada?

  4. I find many issues with this post, mainly “100% of US vineyards using irrigation”. That is just not the case. I work at a small vineyard (20 acres), and I don’t know anyone that irrigates on the Northern OR and southern WA border here in our AVA. I’ve never heard of sawdust or woodchips being used, and we have strict testing standards that everyone has to adhere to for mold, etc… Everyone dry farms. We may drip for the starts of new baby vines, but starting new vines is rare. As a small boutique winery (1500-1800 cases/year) we use traditional wine growing and wine making methods, in fact our winemaker has over 30 yrs experience, is educated at UC Davis and apprenticed at one of the oldest wineries in Germany. Our Viticulturists are in their 70’s and also practice traditional methods and honor what the land gives by choosing varietals that do well in our climate and soil as to not have to alter the growing environment too much. I don’t think this article was well researched. Seems particularly biased.

  5. I will however, most certainly look into the rest of what Todd spoke of in the podcast about the wines he endorses. I keep an open mind, but feel he may be biased living in Napa. The US has some great wines that aren’t owned by gigantic farm corporations! I do appreciate that he hit on some of the science and history about sulfities and how important it is to know what you are eating and drinking. It is true that the government isn’t always here to protect our best interests and it is up to us to take it into our own hands.

    Thanks Katie for exploring this always changing world of science, nutrition, fitness, exercise, technology, raising children, hormones, the mind and nature! It’s a never ending curiosity and pursuit of knowledge (not just facts), that I relate too. Cheers to that!

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