Wine FAQs

Why dry?
Dry, in wine tasting terms, means low to no sweetness. This is because most of the residual sugar from the must (grape juice) has been consumed by the yeast additive and has been converted to alcohol. Some foods are adversely affected if accompanied by a sweet wine. In some cultures, including American, sweet beverages are the norm. If you drink coffee or tea black and without adding sugar, you will understand the difference.

Is there a benefit to drinking dry wines?
Diabetics can benefit from the lower amounts of actual sugar in dry wines, however, alcohol will be processed in the liver and will be converted to sugars. It is impossible to determine its effect on any individuals

What Are Sulfites?
Sulfites are chemical compounds that occur naturally in fruits, vegetables and other plants. Their purpose in nature is to inhibit microbial growth. All grapes, and therefore all wines, have sulfites to some degree. Some vintners add sulfites in the wine making process to protect wines against damage by oxidation and by unfavorable organisms. The longer the aging process, the more complexity is achieved by the wine. However, some people allergic to sulfites can suffer from serious headaches and complications of asthma. White wines have more sulfites than red wines.

Are there health benefits from drinking wine?
Wine is known to lower blood sugar levels. It has also been shown that, in the right amounts, drinking wine will raise one’s HDL or good cholesterol in one’s system. HDL helps remove LDL (bad cholesterol) from your bloodstream.