Rumors have started to sprout that there is a fabled ‘no hangover wine’, possibly even a whole type of wines.
Upon hearing someone talking about this mythical breed of super wine over dinner with friends not long ago, I decided to delve into the subject further.
My research quickly brought me to claims by Jordan Salcito, wine director at Momofuku, saying that if you want to enjoy wine without the hangovers, “reach for the natural wines.”
A great article in The Daily Beast tells the story of the author trying a bottle of ‘Eric Pfifferling’s l’Anglore Tavel rosé’ wine, and later proclaiming “By the time we’d finished the bottle, neither of us felt the familiar dizzying buzz of too much wine, nor had we consumed even a bite to eat.”
Following 2 more bottles of natural wine, the author states that “the next morning, after comparing notes, both of us woke unscathed. My friend made his early tennis match and played well; I spun strong at my morning spin.”
Unlike most wines you usually drink, natural wine is made from ripe grapes and not much else and the fruit ferments with native yeasts.
Most of the steadily increasing natural wine producers add no sulfur dioxide (aside from minimal amounts when he bottles the wine) to the vinification process, keeping it minimal and free of the additives usually thrown in with wine. The result is a wine that tastes clean, pure and textural.
The natural wine movement started to grow in the early 2000s as a reaction to high-production, mass-produced wines that either sought high scores from influential wine critics or enabled large and uniform production.
The Natural Wine term, which is nebulous and unregulated, can apply to any wine made without very few winery manipulations. This does leave the field up for manipulation, with many sub-par wines being passed off as ‘natural’ when they should just be labelled ‘flawed’.
Like all wines, however; some are good, some are bad, and some are truly extraordinary.
How Natural Wines Leave You Hangover Free
As Jamie Goode notes in The Science of Wine, sulfur dioxide occurs naturally during fermentation, and it also kills Vitamin B1 (thiamine), which converts carbohydrates to energy potentially causing headaches. That’s the crux of it.
Drink enough of a natural wine, however, and you’ll still end up reaching for the Sobur hangover pills come first light.
Recommended Natural Wines
Want to give natural wine’s a try now? Here’s our top 3 list of Natural wines to get you started:
A few top producers of natural wines that you should seek out.
- Arnot-Roberts, Sonoma, CA
- Stella di Campalto, Tuscany, Italy
- Van Volxem, Mosel, Germany
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