AA wine can only be categorized as organic or biodynamic if the grapes it’s made from are grown, farmed and cultivated according to certain criteria.
One of the main reasons people choose these wines is that they forgo the use of pesticides and other man-made chemicals. But there are differences between the two labels.
For a wine to be certified organic, it must meet the strict criteria of production set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and follow specific labeling guidelines. There are also different classifications of organic wine.
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A true “organic” wine means it’s made with at least 95 percent organic grapes and ingredients (such as yeast) and doesn’t have added sulfites, which are used in the winemaking process as preservatives to prevent the wine from oxidizing. Another classification of organic wine, “made with organic grapes,” will still contain a large percentage of nonorganic ingredients and additives.
Biodynamic wines take the process further than just using organically grown grapes, in that a biodynamic farm is considered a self-sustaining ecosystem. It takes into account more than the crop itself, integrating a holistic approach regarding soil integrity (i.e., composting), plant and animal diversity, and even the star, sun and moon cycles as they affect the growing process. While both biodynamic wines and organic wines are free of synthetic chemicals, biodynamic wines may have added sulfites.
It is a common misconception that these sulfites are the cause of hangovers. All wines naturally contain sulfites even organic wines, though in a smaller amount than regular wines as well as processed foods, beer, dried fruits and canned seafood products. Sulfites also occur naturally in vegetables like leeks, garlic and onions. Only 1 percent of Americans, though, actually suffer from sulfite sensitivity, which causes symptoms including hives, upset stomach and dizziness. Asthma sufferers seem to be more susceptible to sulfite allergies. If you fall into either category, then you may want to consider drinking organic wine.
If you’re not sulfite sensitive, there may be another reason you feel hungover: You overindulged. Too much vino of any kind causes dehydration, a drop in blood sugar and increased stomach-acid production, which leads to those telltale symptoms including fatigue, nausea and headaches.
Obviously, the best way to avoid a hangover is to not drink. But if you do enjoy a glass or two of wine, lessen the chances of a morning hangover by drinking one glass of water for every glass of alcohol you consume and by eating before and during drinking to help slow down the absorption of wine into your bloodstream
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