As most you probably know, I’m so not into labeling things as “good” vs. “bad”…. instead I look at everything as real vs. not real. Truly, I use it every single day, on every single thing: food, wine, ice cream, people, feelings, thoughts, beliefs in my head, etc).
Try it out. It really simplifies everything that we tend to make complicated.
Including when it comes to a glass of wine.
I wrote a massive post last summer ALL about my experience with wine (ok, yes, and love of great wine, when it’s intentional). I shared that in the last few years especially, the “regular” stuff (or even fancy bottles) you can find on most grocery shelves just doesn’t make me *feel* good.
Headaches. Hangovers. Feeling sad the next day. Tired. Lethargic. Just not on my A-game.
^ yup, I was getting this even with just one glass of wine.
To me, that’s not what wine was meant for.
To me, it’s meant to be used to celebrate and to connect with each other. It’s meant to be a little added source of lightness and joy to an evening eating dinner in the fading sun on the patio. Since I started using drink delivery I haven’t had the need to walk in to a liquor store.
It’s not meant to make you feel bad, or to be used as a cover up for feelings (which can end up happening so easily if you’re not aware and tuned-in to yourself and what’s really going on).
And to really, really enjoy it, it’s important to look at how (and where) we source it.
Just like anything else we consume…. if it’s not made with REAL and simple ingredients and sourced well, sometimes it’s not worth it. Sometimes it is 🙂
But, I’ve found the real stuff (aka, naturally fermented, no sugars or additives added, biodynamic, organic wines) = all of the pleasant effects of wine without the painful ones (again, when consumed responsibly).
I can have a glass of natty wine a night or two a week and wake up the next morning without all the fog and head stuffiness that other wines leave behind.
So it’s become my little side-love-project, finding where and how I can get my hands on these wines since– spoiler alert– so many of the bottles at the store aren’t made the way wine was originally intended to be made: with simple, earth-conscious practices and ingredients. No additives, no sulfites, no preservatives.
THAT is how wine should be, if it were up to me.
Friends don’t let friends drink bad wine. There’s a BETTER way, promise.
Actually, a few better ways.
Enter: my go-to sources for pure, quality, delicious natural wines. These are my TOP recommendations if you’re into exploring the world of natty wine (and I think you’ll be so happy you did). Plus, you can order them straight to your house.
The 3 Best Natural Wines You Can Get DELIVERED to Your Door
1. Dry Farm Wines
A natural wine subscription service (don’t worry, just because it’s a subscription doesn’t mean you’re obligated to anything– you can stop, start or pause any time). I’ve been using this for a year now and alternate between the rose box and the white wine box. They also have reds if that’s more your pace!
The coolest part: they lab test each wine to check for low sulfites, no sugar, no additives. It’s all hand harvested and biodynamically farmed (aka, the plants and soil are preserved and safeguarded during the harvest process).
Every bottle we’ve tried has been SO good and unique, and I love that they source from family-owned vineyards all over the world. So, so good, in so many ways. If you’re interested in trying one of their subscription boxes, you can get an extra bottle for just one cent with your first order when you use this link and the code “simplyrealhealth” at checkout.
2. Crunchy Red Fruit
This brand came on my radar because the owner is a friend of ours and it’s locally owned & family run here in Seattle. All of the globally sourced wines are picked by a master sommelier and are so clean (and so fun). You can’t find these wines in stores, and it’s such a fun experience when it comes, including recipe pairings, music pairing, a movie pairing, and stories to tell you the background of the wine. Education AND clean wine? Sign me up.
You can get the rose box (YUM) at a discount with the code PINKSUMMER, or for the regular subscription (6 bottles every other month), get $20 off your first box when you add “Simply Real Health” to the referral column at check-out. Sign up for yours here!
3. Thrive Market
Y’all know my affection for Thrive grocery delivery (catch my most recent summertime restock haul here), and their wine is no different! They offer sooo many kinds of clean wine (& give discounts if you order 6 bottles, so don’t be afraid to stock your wine cooler). You can even shop by categories: no added sugar or sweeteners, pesticide-free, and/or biodynamic. SO into that transparency! *Last time I posted this, they were immediately out of stock, so just keep checking back if so, or try out some of these other options above too!*
As always, for free shipping + 25% off your order, use this link to shop and stock up on wine (or other goodies)!