organic wine


Recently, I attended a ladies wine and cheese night school fundraiser. What’s better than a group of friends gathered around gourmet wine and cheese pairings? We were a very happy group of moms. The cheese was sublime, and the wine brought out the flavors and subtleties of each cheese. But few of us could explain how they were different if we were asked. We listened attentively when the sommelier explained the details to notice about the wine, but in the end, all I remember was that I had a blast.

Sometimes a delicious glass of wine is a mom’s best friend. In moderation, a good glass of red wine can be just the right thing after a long day or the perfect pairing with a delicious meal. We don’t have to be experts to know when it tastes good or  be able to appreciate a solid full bodied Cabernet or a lighter more fruity Pinot Noir. The fun thing about wine is that it is experiential, and you learn as you go. I have a friend who owns her own vineyard and is intricately involved in the entire process, from harvest, to production, to aging. I also have friends who drink Two Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw at $2.99 a bottle) from Trader Joe’s.

Red wine contains tannins which makes the wine  red and  contains procyanidins, known for protecting against heart disease. This  is good news for those of us who enjoy our wine paired with artery clogging cheese.  Not to mention, studies have shown regular red wine drinkers (in moderation of course) have a more beneficial cholesterol ratio compared to another group who drink  only water. Bummer for the water drinkers.

Organic wine is becoming more and more in demand as people are seeking pesticide free lifestyles. A wine is considered organically certified if it is 90% pesticide free, and the vineyard has  been organically certified by passing at least three seasons of fertilizer and pesticide free harvest. To be 100% organic is as pure as it gets – meaning that the entire vineyard is USDA certified organic. Because after all, if we’re drinking our red wine for all of these heart healthy and cholesterol lowering benefits, we want to make sure that we are not imbibing any unnecessary toxins.

Some organic wines we love:

  1. Chateau Maris La Touge – The 2009 Syrah is a vegan wine, made with organic grapes with  cherry and berry aromas.
  2. Naked Merlot – From a winery in Washington State, this wine leaves  natural berry fruit flavors on the palate.
  3. Domenico Syrah – A 2010 wine, made from organic grapes in Amador County. It is big, bodacious, and balanced like a football player who practices yoga.

Author: Libby Hudson Lydecker

Libby Hudson Lydecker is a mother of two, a Kundalini Yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, a screenwriter and a Real Mom Daily partner. Libby Serves as the Lifestyle and Wellness Editor for RMD. As Lifestyle and Wellness Editor, Libby brings her wisdom of Kundalini Yoga and holistic life hacks to her articles as well as real world solutions through yoga techniques in her Mindful Mama video series created at RMD. Libby balances her time between her family, teaching Kundalini yoga to women and children, leading women’s yoga retreats in beautiful destinations around the country, writing screenplays and publishing articles for Real Mom Daily. Her ability to balance all of this comes from her strong yoga practice and a stronger sense of humor. Libby relates to Gloria Steinem’s quote, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” As well as Yogi Bhajan’s quote, “I don’t believe in miracles, I rely on them.” Libby believes that Real Mom Daily is a forum for women to communicate consciously with kindness, real life perspectives and humor. RMD provides a supportive space for moms to feel understood and share their experiences. “When women gather together in consciousness, we can change the world.” View all posts by Libby Hudson Lydecker

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