Podcast producer: Chris Robertson
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Did you know that there are 76 FDA-approved additives that US wine-makers can use? Some of these are natural, some are toxic.
In addition to using pesticides to support the farming of vineyard grapes, additives are used for manufacturing the wine's taste, extending its shelf life, and much more. Ultimately, these chemicals help winemakers' bottom line of maximizing recurring revenues and minimizing expenses. For example, additives/chemicals are used to help optimize yield from grapes, maximize mass appeal of the wine by adding sugar and alcohol to improve its taste, and stabilize the quality of the desired product. In this podcast with Todd White, you'll learn a lot more about conventional wines, natural wines, and biodynamic farming.
Todd White, a health-conscious wine lover, and passionate biohacker, is the founder of an incredible company called Dry Farm Wines. Dry Farm Wines is the largest Natural Wine merchant in the world, bringing awareness to Natural Wine consumption and supporting farmers who honor the soil. I also love that Dry Farm Wines does laboratory testing to ensure that each bottle it sells is sugar-free, lower in sulfites, and lower in alcohol. The wines are friendly to low carb, Paleo, ketogenic, and low sugar diets.
Dry Farm Wines has seen 780% growth in revenue in the last three years, making it one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., without any debt or investors.
At the time of our interview in April 2020, Todd estimated that Dry Farm Wines sells about 30% of the wines that they test. Most, if not all, wines it sells are from outside the United States because American wine generally does not meet the strict purity standards of Dry Farm Wines.
Dry Farm Wines is dedicated to supporting family farmers who preserve 87,000 acres of organic vineyards and save 1.4 billion gallons of water annually by not irrigating their vines. Dry Farm Wines vets each grower’s practice and support those who focus on regenerative farming, biodiversity, hand harvesting, and the absence of industrial additives.
After 15 years in the wine business, Todd's is dedicated to educating and helping people make better choices about food, nutrition, and how they think about consuming alcohol. As the founder of Dry Farm Wines, a writer, speaker, and a leader in the organic/Natural Wine movement, he has widely educated communities on conscious consumption. Todd is deeply passionate about bringing people together to share love and laughter through Natural Wine and the health benefits it provides.
In this podcast, you'll also learn:
As soon as I learned about Dry Farm Wines, I subscribed to a monthly box. I love that I can become mindless about stocking my kitchen with red and white wines that have been laboratory-tested to be among the healthiest wines in the world. The bottles are actually cheaper than what my husband was purchasing.
Dry Farm Wines also offers a 100% Happiness Promise. This means that if you're not fully happy with any bottle received from Dry Farm Wines, then you can receive either a replacement or a refund. Whichever you prefer.
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So here's what's wrong with conventional wines.
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—Todd White, Founder of Dry Farm Wines [00:22:55]
So these small family farms, they're sort of like activists. They're just activists for the earth and for a healthy way of living. They live organically. They eat most of everything off of their farm or the farm of their neighbors. It's just a very congenial, you know, people who care about the earth. They're not necessarily health advocates per say. They care about a way of life. And so it's just a way that they live.
—Todd White, Founder of Dry Farm Wines [00:23:26]
The differences will be extraordinary and notable.
* Please note: The experiences below may not be your experience.
And then the alcohol difference is huge. And so you'll just feel better not waking up in the middle of the night, not waking up dehydrated just for drinking less alcohol.
And then in addition to that, many people suffer symptoms that they don't even know about. So it could be a flush-ness, a warm-ness, tightening in their frontal cortex, just pressure in their brain. These additives... we don't know exactly what causes it... but people think this is just what...
Some people lose weight for a number of reasons... Conventional wines contain sugar in various amounts. We lab test every wine. We require that the wine be less than one gram per liter of sugar, which is statistically sugar-free. We just recently tested the top 20 selling wines in the United States. Only two of the 20 qualified for our sugar content. All the rest of it would be non-qualified. They were all much higher.
Sugar and alcohol make for a particularly nasty combination. And here's how you know that's true. If you've ever had a shot of tequila or two, that's a very different feeling you have than drinking a margarita or two. And so this combination of sugar and alcohol together are not happy partners. And so sugar is a large contributor to us feeling bad in conjunction with alcohol.
Most people are getting these ill conditions from either the additives, drinking too much in the way of high alcohol, or biogenetic amines are a very common cause of headaches, or flush-ness, or redness, or hot flashes, or all of these things are related to biogenetic amines that are very high in commercial wines—and the two primary ones are tyramine and histamine.
There are many health properties from natural wines, including the polyphenols, flavonoids, and anti flavonoids are found primarily in red wines.
Todd White: [00:34:46] No, it's not too late. I do a regular extended water fast and I'll eat once a day. Anything we're going to consume is going to have some negative effects on us. Nothing good comes from eating other than basic nutrition. So I recommend... thinking about extended water fast and just consuming less in general, which is why only I don't drink during the daytime ever. I don't eat in the daytime either. So I eat between six and seven at night. That's also when I started drinking wine.
So no, I think everything is reversible largely. I think we just have to detox by removing ourselves from toxicity. So just drinking water. I'm a big, big believer in fasting.
—Todd White [00:25:46]
Todd White: Olive oil is my number one choice, followed probably by coconut oil and butter. Those are kind of my three, but I olive oil is my fat of choice.
Sophia Ruan Gushee: Are you as picky about olive oil as you are about wines?
Todd White: I am... Look, it's estimated... that 75% of the extra virgin olive oil that's sold in the United States isn't even olive oil.
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