As we all plan to enjoy delicious food and good wines around the holidays, I wanted to share with you some important information about conventional wines (not Natural) that I think you should know. What you’re about to learn will shock you, as it did me when I got the message that follows from Todd, Founder of Dry Farms Wines. It all revolves around what he terms the 3 Dirty Little Secrets of today’s wine industry — at least in the US: corporate consolidation, dangerous (but legal) additives, and lack of ingredient transparency. So… here’s Todd’s take and why we can whole-heartedly recommend his products.
It all starts with the dirty, dark secrets of the wine business. These facts are so surprising and unbelievable, that we have linked the accredited sources and government documents here in case you want to dive deeper. This is not some “marketing-speak”; these are the hard cold facts of today’s US wine industry.
Secret #1: Corporate Consolidation.
Corporate consolidation of the modern wine industry is a surprisingly well kept secret. These monster companies hide behind thousands of brands and labels to confuse us. Their marketing wizards frequently add farm houses, vineyard scenes, and furry animals to their labels. They want you to believe that you’re drinking wine from a family winery or generational chateau. But in fact, most all U.S. wines are manufactured in industrial-sized factories and formulated by chemists.
Make no mistake: the great majority of domestic wines are engineered alcoholic beverages, but sold with wine labels.
Secret #2: Modern Wine Is A Lot More Than Just Grapes.
I call it an “engineered beverage” because the government has approved 76 additives for use in US winemaking. Click here for the full public list. Some of these additives are harmless and natural, while others are actually classified as toxic and or as health hazards by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
In fact, according to the NIH, twelve of these approved additives are considered “health hazards.” Two of them are considered “acute toxins.” Three of them come from six different animal organs, and eight of them are derived from mold substances (including the mycotoxin, Ochratoxin A).
Why would these companies use chemical additives?
The lab chemists working at most wine companies are constantly in search of ways to fabricate wine faster, cheaper, and with more scale. And that means chemicals and additives. Here are just two examples:
One of the “acute toxins” I mentioned earlier is a sterilizer called dimethyl dicarbonate, which is toxic to humans in its raw form. This is a link to its public NIH profile. Look at the screenshot below of its chemical profile. I certainly don’t want to drink this.
Another example is cellulase, a wine clarifier and stabilizer. It’s an enzyme actually classified as a health hazard and derived from a mycotoxic mold. This is the link to its public NIH profile.
These are just 2 of the 76 additives approved by the government. Click here to download a full guide of accredited sources for the 76 additives.
OK, so why don’t we know about any of this?
Secret #3: There Are No Contents Or Ingredients Labels On Wine.
To repeat… there are no ingredients or content labels on US wines. It’s hard to believe; a product that millions of Americans ingest every day has no description of what’s in the bottle, so you have no idea what you’re drinking.
Wine is the only major US consumable product without a contents label or nutritional information. For me, anytime I buy a packaged product, I want to know what’s in it. But the wine industry doesn’t want to tell you – because they don’t want you to know what’s in the bottle.
This is actually a very familiar story… one dictated by corporate money and greed. The powerful wine lobby in Washington DC has paid lobbyists and contributed to politicians for decades to keep contents labels off of wines. This is not an accident.
To illustrate how powerful these lobbying efforts are, a 16 page scientific petition was filed 19 years ago with the TTB by the non-profit Center for Science in The Public Interest (CSPI) calling for transparent labeling in alcohol products. That petition has sat dormant for 19 years – crushed by industry influence. Last month, the CSPI filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department in continued pursuit of consumer transparency. We support the petition and litigation. We support ingredient transparency.
Of course, all of this is hidden in plain sight. You can verify it with a simple Google search.
Now… what am I doing about it? Well, I was so compelled by this information that I started Dry Farm Wines to help people like me drink better, pure, honest Natural Wine.
I think of myself as a wellness and longevity lifestyle architect. I care deeply about helping people optimize their human experience. My life is dedicated to educating about wellness, joy, pleasure, nutrition, food, farming, fasting, fitness, meditation, longevity, and of course, wine.
That’s why I’m so proud of our Dry Farm Wines certification, the strictest, most comprehensive certification to find the purest Natural Wines in the world. We only source additive free, organically grown pure Natural Wines. Each family farm and wine is subjected to a rigorous process to make sure it is fully vetted. This includes sending every wine to an independent lab and having our expert wine panel actually taste every wine (I taste them all, too). Wine should be delicious and healthy, too.
So, by the time we share these pure Natural Wines with you, they meet a long set of criteria: organically grown, sugar free, lower in alcohol, lower in sulfites, free of additives and chemicals, lab tested, not irrigated, vegan approved, and friendly to low carb, paleo, and keto lifestyles.
I hope this helps to give you some peace of mind as you enjoy our pure Natural Wines around the holidays.
And Dry Farms Wine will give you a bottle for a penny if you go through this link.Give it a try. You’ll be glad you did. And your low-carb diet won’t be affected nor will your sleep. If you do try it, let me know what you think.