Can Wine Be Part Of My Healthy Lifestyle?

Can wine be part of my healthy lifestyle? Yes… with some side notes

In my 20s, I was more of a mixed drink kind of girl. There were a few sweet white wines that I would drink but red wine was out of the question. It was just so sharp and I didn’t have the pallet for it.

Then, in my early 30s, I read somewhere red wine was better for us than other types of alcohol – and I fell for it. Now, there might be a little evidence out there that it is better for you than, let’s say, beer…but alcohol is definitely something we should have in moderation, no matter what it is.

Now, in my 40s, I have acquired quite the taste for red wine. I love to have a glass when I go out to dinner with friends and family. Since that is a super rare occasion, I also have a glass here and there at home. I think it’s written somewhere that it’s a cardinal sin to make a ribeye without accompanying it with a nice glass of red wine!

And you know me; I’ve done my research. I have favorite wines out there but it’s really based only on taste. I decided to dive in a little bit and find wine that had a really high standard for quality as well.

I have learned that there are over 76 additives approved by the FDA for US winemaking, including ammonium salt and copper sulfate.

US wine companies also use genetically modified (GMO) yeasts.

Plus, over 20 million pounds of pesticides are used on commercial vineyards in California every year. Monsanto’s synthetic herbicide “Round Up” is so commonly used in the US that even organic wines frequently test positive.

I wanted a wine to be sugar-free, low sulfite, truly organic and lower in alcohol.


There’s a company out there called, Dry Farm Wines, that actually over delivers on what I was looking for. They are also endorsed by some people I really look up to: Mark Sisson, Dave Aspry, JJ Virgin, Abel James and Robb Wolf!

Click to try this awesome brand, and they’ll give you a great deal on your first order – Dry Farm Wines.

Now let me leave you with a few tips on making sure your occasional glass of wine is the best it can be:

  • Reds: serve at 55 to 60°. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or ice for 15 minutes before opening.
  • Whites/Roses: serve at 40 to 50°. Refrigerate for 2+ hours and remove 15 minutes prior to serving or ice for 30 minutes.
  • Consider a smaller pour. Not just because no one needs that much wine but also because smaller pours leave more headspace in the glass to properly enjoy the aromatics.
  • Swirl your glass. Swirling aerates the wine and releases the aromas. Have fun trying to name the different smells!

And most importantly, always make a toast before that first sip!

About the Author Melissa McAllister

My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 44! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 28 years and married for 23 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 19 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 17 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 11 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

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Kim says October 10, 2017

Thanks for this informative post! I don’t like the taste of alcohol but really like Italian red wine after a trip to Italy. I wondered if it’s because they don’t use the same additives as the US?! I will look into Dry Farm Wiines.

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