Wonderful Wine Reviews

August 27, 2020

For this Wonderful Wine reviews we were given a sample.  This post contains affiliate links and we may be compensated if you make a purchase.  All opinions are our own.

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By Alison Chew

The Wonderful Wine Co.

The Wonderful Wine Co, by Winc, is revolutionizing the way wine is created and enjoyed by focusing on clean wine that is not only better for our bodies, but better for our environment as well.  “Clean” wine is a relatively new term that basically means wine made from sustainably-grown organic grapes free from added chemicals and sugar.  (See the “Clean Wine 101” section at the end of this post for more details.)

The clean winemaking process begins with the grapes.  By using organic grapes, without the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides, Wonderful Wine can make delicious tasting wine without hurting the environment or adding chemical additives or sugar used by others to enhance the flavor.  Thus creating a wine that not only tastes great, but is also low-carb, keto-friendly, and paleo-friendly.

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Wonderful Wine goes above and beyond when it comes to looking out for the environment.  From using compact shipping boxes, made from 70% recycled material, and are 100% recyclable and 95% compostable, to their lightweight glass bottles that require 20% less energy and 12% percent less water to produce, they truly care about reducing carbon emissions and helping out Mother Earth.

What We Like

  • Grapes are free from artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides
  • No added sugar
  • Environmentally-friendly packaging

What We Don’t Like

  • Limited number of choices
  • Must buy in packs of 3, 6, or 12

Wonderful Wine Reviews

For our Wonderful Wine reviews, we ordered the “Starter Pack” with one of each, The Red, The White, and The Rose.  The Starter Pack costs $60 or $20 per bottle.  When ordering from Wonderful Wine you have 4 options to choose from including The Starter Pack, The Summer Party Six-Pack, The Red Pack, and The White Pack.  More on those below.

We started off with The Red, which is different from The Red that is currently on the site and described as a full-bodied Spanish Syrah with notes of blueberry with a hit of pepper.  Our red was a 2019 Argentinian Malbec that was a medium-bodied red with fewer notes of pepper/spice.  We decided to pair this wine with a dinner of grilled steaks, baked potatoes, and asparagus and ate outside on a warm summer night.  I am no sommelier, but enjoyed this wine and thought that it was light, dry, and flavorful.  The next morning, I especially appreciated that this wine was low in sugar as that is what usually gives me a headache the morning after.

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Later in the week, we enjoyed The White with family, again outside on a warm summer night.  Wonderful Wine says that The White, a wine from France, has notes of green apple and lemon curd.   I don’t love white wine as it tends to be sweeter than I care for so I decided to mix things up and make a “Wonderful White Wine Sangria” using seasonal fresh fruit that would highlight the fruity flavor profile.  This sangria was not only easy to make, but tasted wonderful!  You’ll notice in the recipe that I didn’t add any sugar and instead opted for the wine and fruit to shine through and sweeten the drink.  It was the perfect sweetness for my family.  Bonus, you get to eat all of the yummy wine-soaked fruit for dessert!

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Keeping with our “grilling and drinking outside on a warm summer night” theme, we had some friends over and made lovely grilled swordfish steaks to pair with our final Wonderful Wine, The Rose.  Wonderful Wine describes The Rose as “clean and fresh with bright acidity and notes of strawberry, raspberry, and rose petal”.  I agree that this wine was clean and fresh with hints of berry, but did not get the rose petal.  Like the others, this wine wasn’t too sweet, and when served very cold with a couple of ice cubes and good friends it was perfect.

You can see the breakdown of calories, sugar, carbs, and alcohol per glass for each of the wines in The Starter Pack below.

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During this Wonderful Wine review, the only wine that they offer that we didn’t get to try is The Orange.  This wine comes from California and is a rare Malvasia Bianca (a white wine made in the style of a red).  According to Wonderful Wine, it is “bursting with a mouthful of citrus, white peach, and honeysuckle.”  The Orange can only be found in the limited edition Summer Party Six-Pack which includes 6 wine, 2 of each of The White, The Rose, and The Orange along with a custom 7-inch Vinyl Moon mixtape.  SO FUN!

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Wonderful Wine Reviews: Bottom Line

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Wonderful Wine brings clean, low-carb, low-sugar wine free of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides directly to your door.  By using organic grapes,  sustainable farming practices, and thoughtful environmentally-friendly packaging Wonderful Wine is better for you and the environment.  We enjoyed the three bottles of Wonderful Wine, all light and refreshing on a warm summer night, but would love to have more options and the ability to purchase by the bottle.

If you are looking for a delicious low-carb, keto-friendly wine Wonderful Wine should be top on your list.  And The Starter Pack would make a great gift for those on any diet who like to enjoy a nice glass of wine every now and again and appreciate the fact that this wine is better for you inside and out.

Read on for more details on the cost of Wonderful Wine, product options, Clean Wine 101, and the Wonderful White Sangria recipe.

How much does Wonderful Wine cost?

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The Red Pack: includes The Red

  • 3 bottles $60
  • 6 bottles $110
  • 12 bottles $215

 

The White Pack: includes The White

  • 3 bottles $60
  • 6 bottles $110
  • 12 bottles $215

 

The Starter Pack: includes The Red, The White, and The Rose

  • 3 bottles $60  (1 of each type of wine)
  • 6 bottles $110  (2 of each type of wine)
  • 12 bottles $215  (4 of each type of wine)

 

The Summer Party Six-Pack: includes 6 summer wines, 2 of each of The White, The Rose, and The Orange, plus a custom 7-inch Vinyl Moon mixtape

  • 6 bottles $110 (2 of each type of wine)

 

Clean Wine 101

Clean wine is new to me, and it might be to you as well, so let’s take a moment to better understand why clean wine could be better for you.

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No Added Sugar

  • All wine contains sugar from grapes that turn into alcohol during the fermentation process.  The longer a wine ferments, the less sugar (and carbs) it will contain.  And some winemakers add more sugar to wine to bring out various flavors and sweetness.
  • If you are watching your weight, trying to consume less sugar or fewer carbs, Wonderful Wine is right for you!
  • Wonderful Wine is naturally low sugar, less than 2 grams per liter, which is the industry standard for a finished wine with little to no fermentable sugar.  Compare this to the standard sugar packet with 5 grams of sugar or a Coke with 83g/L of sugar.

 

Organic Grapes

  • Grapes grown without the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides
  • Wonderful Wine is certified, whenever possible, by an accredited third party (like the California Certified Organic Farmers).  Better grapes equal better for you.

 

Vegan-friendly: (This one SHOCKED me!)

  • According to Wonderful Wine, “A vegan wine has no animal by-products or processing aids added during the fining process.”
  • Wait! What?  I thought wine is made from grapes and yeast? Me too! BUT some winemakers will use egg whites or casein (a protein found in milk) to remove fine particles of sediment that couldn’t be removed by filtration.  Beeswax can also be used to seal bottles.
  • Vegan winemakers either use a plant-based fining agent, like clay or pea protein, to remove the sediment or let it sink to the bottom.  Many wines are vegan, but there are no regulations in the US that require winemakers to list fining agents on the bottle.

 

Low Sulfite

  • Sulfites vs Sulfur Dioxide – Sulfites are a byproduct produced during the fermentation process and virtually all wines contain it.  Sulfur dioxide, or SO2, on the other hand, is an additive that helps kill off active yeast and bacteria and protect the wine from oxygen.  It basically stabilizes the wine and prevents it from changing.
  • Is it good or bad?  Some think that the added sulfites/sulfur give you a headache, but scientists have found no link between the sulfites in wine and headaches.  Only 1 out every 100 people have a real sulfite sensitivity which may cause a reaction to wine along with many other products like tea, pickles, chips, dried fruit, and more.  Others say that wine without the added sulfur dioxide is more interesting because the flavor is less predictable.
  • For wines made with organic grapes like Wonderful Wine, a certifier verified that the finished product contains less than 100 ppm of sulfur dioxide (no added sulfur)

 

Wonderful White Wine Sangria Recipe

Makes: 5 servings

Ingredients:

1 – orange

1- lime

1- lemon

2 – ripe peaches

1 – apple

1 – quart strawberries

1 – bottle of Wonderful Wine white wine

Optional: sparkling water or sparkling wine floater

 

Directions:

1.Wash all produce

2.Slice orange, lime, and lemon into rounds

3.Peel peaches and apple.  Cut into bite-size pieces.

4.Cut tops off of strawberries and cut into bite-size pieces

5.Add orange, lime, and lemon slices to your pitcher and muddle for 45 seconds to 1 min to let all of their yummy juices out

6.Add apples, strawberries, and peaches (do not muddle)

7.Add Wonderful Wine clean white wine

8.Refrigerate for 4-8 hours

9.Set out glasses and add ice cubes

10.Pour the Wonderful Wine Sangria into glasses, scooping ample amounts of fruit into each glass, and top with sparkling water or sparkling wine (optional)

Cheers!

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