White wine may lack the popular antioxidant, resveratrol. It may also have a higher alcoholic content. But drinking it, especially the organic kind, has proven to be as beneficial as its red cousin. Care must be taken in determining the meaning of the word, organic though. The meaning depends on how it appears on the label. According to “What is Organic Wine?” written by Adam Morganstein for www.organicwinejournal.com, government agencies charged with certifying organic wines may use different rules or standards. For instance, Italy may use a set of rules to determine a particular chardonnay 100 percent organic. The United States may use another.
Wine labeled 100 percent organic in the United States means that it was made with grapes grown without the use of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers and were also organically processed. A label reading organic white wine means that 95 percent of the grapes used were organic and minimal sulphites -as determined by the certification agency- were used in processing. A white wine containing organic grapes label, on the other hand, says that 70 percent of the grapes used were organic as well as a higher percentage of sulphites and other additives.
Despite having the shortest shelf life of the three types of organic labeling, white wine that is 100 percent organic is the healthiest. Besides having no harmful chemical additives, it promotes a healthy heart, better immunity, and contains two of its own specific antioxidants, hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol. In the September 10, 2010 issue of “Energy Times,” Susan Weiner writes that research from the University of Buffalo showed that white wine also promote healthy lungs.
Great health is not the only reason to drink white wine. It is also less expensive than its red cousin, comes in a variety of types, and is more readily available.
Adam Morganstein, “What is Organic Wine?” www.organicwinejournal.com.
Susan Weiner, “Organic Wine Comes of Age.” Energy Times.