A little bit about us all – do we really know exactly what feels like when our mind and body are just absolutely loving the taste of what we are sipping and we are in heaven. Or are we just caught up in the confusion and illusion of it. We definitely know what life’s good pleasures feel like, especially when we experiencing something like an adrenalin rush.

So when it comes to fine wine and it’s appetising taste your mind and body talks to you – you’ve just got to sit back and listen – Easy right! Everybody is different and our senses react differently but you know when your face turns red or you break out in a rash or worse still you wake up with a slamming hangover – Not good. So it’s safe to say we know when our body reacts badly.

So what’s in a fine wine? Picking a wine specifically for you is the key to start especially if you are wine intolerant. It’s just the beginning for as you find what you think is your own in terms of taste and content, this will open up further doors of change in your pallet and what you really want out of a bottle of wine. Be open but more importantly than anything, educate and understand what you are actually putting into your body. As your pallet changes so too will the wine you drink. It takes time, so be patient with this educational process and by all means enjoy it!

We have amassed the five most comprehensive tests that we feel will bring you to the ultimate state of enjoyment which includes the following day after you drink your chosen bottle of wine. So here we go…

Taste

Bottom line if you are not enjoying what you are drinking the question arises… why drink it? According to the bottle shop owners I have spoken to, the majority of people coming to buy a new bottle of wine for themselves have absolutely no idea what they are looking for. In fact, there are only three main factors people take into account when venturing into new wine territory which is price, the label and the advice they receive. If they all speak the same language, the consumer goes for the purchase. But… just keep in mind it’s literally a roll of the dice until the bottle is cracked opened, introduced to the pallet and the after affects are realised the following day. And as we have all experienced, it is literally a gamble. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.

So instead of gambling, let’s look at narrowing it down a bit as ultimately it’s all about choice, something most consumers do not think they have when it comes to the content of the wine they purchase.

Biodynamic and Organic

This would be our first and foremost reason for a purchase. If the wine is not at least Biodynamic and/or Organic then in our opinion your heading backwards, not forward. Because by the time the next day comes around, you feel the pain of the ingredients you sadly consumed and now suffering for; preservatives, hormones, artificial fertilizers, stimuli and histamines equating sometimes to a sixth of a bottles contents. What was in that bottle you may ask as you pop an aspirin? Usually full of the chemical onslaught that many producers are still adhering to for yields sake, or the natural alternatives that are now available through Biodynamic and Organic wines. Yes… you do have a choice! Whether you heed this advice or not is completely up to you but for body’s sake it is always best to listen to what reactions you are having and clearly understand why. If you deny what is obvious, you might as well just push the replay button because it will be the same every time you drink and this is just simply boring.

Organic Sulphites

Wines with no added sulphites contain between 6 to 60 parts per million (ppm). Yet, most wineries add sulphites to their brews and just as stated before you have a choice of what kind you consume as there are two types; organic and non-organic. Take a guess which is worse for you, cheaper and used most? No surprise that most use non-organic and the ppm is around 250. Thus Biodynamic or Organic wines for obvious reasons would be far better for you in the long run as they usually use less and most always use Organic Sulphites. And surprisingly, contrary to our own beliefs, on average white wine usually contains more sulphites than red wine.

Region

Some wine regions better suit a certain body type than others. An interesting concept I have never heard of until recently. Therefore, I assume it would be interesting to look at our local regions first before venturing outbound. There now exist numerous boutique wineries that may not have the certification you are looking for but in fact are making their wines exactly how they have in certain parts of Europe, “old school” style. This would include using the least amount of chemical interference as possible during the growing process and after. I have tried numerous with no ill effects the following day and once again it comes down to the hunt of finding the best that personally suits you.

In conclusion… we as consumers have more of a choice than ever before and we have access to more information than ever before. If you personally really want to find the wine best suited for you… all the answers are out there. You just have to spend the time to investigate what alternatives best suit you and your body type.

Cheers to that…