Sarah Shadonix is on a mission to create the cleanest possible wine because she wanted to alleviate the same “morning after” suffering that many people experience with drinking wine. For some people, drinking wine on a whole can result in a next-morning-migraine, but drinking one glass and having a migraine the next day isn’t how it should be.
By choosing wine that is grown in a conscious way, using only the purest of methods, we are giving our bodies a break from having to process the multitude of additives and chemicals found in the majority of wines.
That is why ROCK is now partnering up with Scout and Cellar, a sustainable wine source for the DFW area.
We know that the way our food is raised or grown is vital to our health, so when it comes to wanting to kick back with our friends and family, why wouldn’t we ask questions about the quality of our wine?
ROCK being one of the most trusted resources for sustainably-grown food here in the DFW area, we thought it was about time that we offered an equally sustainable wine to pair with your clean farm fresh foods.
We want our members to experience how wine is meant to taste, and to enjoy gatherings without having to experience the consequences of headaches.
What does clean-crafted mean?
The short answer: wines that are grown naturally—without the use of synthetic pesticides—and bottled consciously—without added sugars or non-organic chemicals to modify texture, flavor, color or aroma. The result is wine that is natural, delicious and provides an all-around better wine experience —just like nature intended!
How do you verify a wine is clean-crafted?
It’s a multi-part process. First, we find the most wildly delicious wines that reflect a sense of place. Then, we work with the grower and/or producer to understand their process in the vineyard and in the cellar. Third, we verify everything with our partners. Fourth, we independently lab test the wines to confirm that there are no synthetic pesticides present in addition to any other necessary analyses if not previously confirmed or provided.
What are sulfites?
Sulfites are naturally occurring antioxidant and antibacterial compounds in grapes and are utilized to protect the wine from oxygen until it reaches your glass. Because of the slow-crafted, intentional way Scout & Cellar wines are made, they require very little sulfur additions to remain stable. Most have less than 50ppm, all must have less than 100ppm. As a point of reference, the FDA allows up to 350ppm.
What makes a wine vegan?
Most wines through Scout & Cellar are vegan and will be labeled accordingly. The reason that all wines are not vegan has to do with how the wine is clarified through a process called “fining.” All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are completely natural and not harmful. However, many wine-drinkers prefer wine to be clear and bright.
Most wines, if bottle-aged long enough, will self-stabilize and self-fine. However, producers use a variety of aids called “fining agents” to remove these haze-inducing molecules. Essentially, the fining agent acts like a magnet – attracting the molecules around it. These molecules coagulate around the fining agent, creating fewer but larger particles, which can then be more easily removed during filtration. Commonly-used fining agents include casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein), isinglass (fish bladder protein) and bentonite (clay).
These fining agents are not additives to the wine: they are filtered out along with the haze molecules. Wines fined with casein and albumin are consistent with vegetarian diets while wines fined with any of the four may be off limits for strict vegans.
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