Archive for category Organic Beverages

Stellar Organics 2011 Pinotage

Posted by on Thursday, 14 March, 2013

Time to wind down with some organic wine! This time I chose Stellar Organics Pinotage 2011. This organic red wine has no added sulfites, is vegan, and is fairly traded. It hails from South Africa. That means there are no pesticides, herbicides, or other nasty chemicals used in growing these organic grapes for wine making. Yay!! And this wine is relatively cheap. In price, that is, not is it’s making.

My girlfriend and I both liked this wine. The Stellar Organics Pinotage 2011 had a little spiciness to it with an overal plum/fruity flavor. It would go perfect with a … Read the rest

Pacific Redwood Organic Pinot Noir Wine 2011

Posted by on Saturday, 2 March, 2013

Want a wine that has only has naturally occurring sulfites and is organic? I know I do. Try Pacific Redwood Organic Pinot Noir 2011. This organic red wine is tasty, smooth, and cheap. I did a review on Pacific Redwood Organic Cabernet a while ago, and I liked that organic red wine as well. It’s hard to find wine these days that’s organic, vegan friendly, and has NO added sulfites. You would think that should be the norm. Unfortunately, it’s not. But for this California wine company it is!!

Pacific Redwood Organic Pinot Noir is smooth and light with hints … Read the rest

New Planet Tread Lightly Ale Beer

Posted by on Monday, 21 January, 2013

New Planet Tread Lightly Ale is a gluten free beer that I’ve been dying to try. I found this delightful brew at Binnys in Chicago. A four-pack will cost you $8.99. Supposedly New Planet Beer will be arriving in Wisconsin sometime in 2013. One can only keep their fingers crossed!

Anyway, this gluten free beer contains 5% alcohol (quite a punch for a light one) and 179 calories per serving. The ingredients include: H2o, Sorghum, Corn Extract, Orange Peel, Hops and Yeast. New Planet Tread Lightly Ale is born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. This beer is smooth and … Read the rest

Pacific Redwood Organic Cabernet

Posted by on Wednesday, 5 December, 2012

Pacific Redwood Organic Cab hails from Redwood Valley, California. This organic red wine is great for vegans and for people looking for a sulfite free wine. Pacific Redwood Organic Cab is made with organically grown grapes and processed naturally, with NO added sulfites or other synthetic preservatives. Nice, right? You, betcha. Pacific Redwood also totes about natural farming in general, which I find very cool.

This organic cab is full-bodied with hints of cherries and chocolates. I also found that this organic cabernet had a bit of spice to it. The first sip went down easy, just like the rest … Read the rest

Santa Julia Malbec 2011

Posted by on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

This organic malbec is grown and produced in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery found its beginning  in 1963 by Alberto V. Zuccardi, but is now operated by the son, José Alberto Zuccardi.

What makes this wine so great is that it’s made with 100% organic grapes without breaking the bank.  This organic malbec will run you less than $10. In fact, you can find Santa Julia at Binnys.  And if that’s not enough to make you smile then here’s this:  This family run vineyard uses every means possible to ease their burden on the environment.  They use green fertilizers, recycled … Read the rest

Live-a-Little Organic and Fairtrade Red Wine

Posted by on Friday, 3 August, 2012

I found this hidden gem at Binnys in Chicago. Live-a-Little Really Ravishing Red is an organic and fairtrade red blend from South Africa. Stella Winery is behind this really fantastic and smooth red. In fact, Stella Winery was awarded the first ever Fairtrade certification from FLO e.V in 2011. Nice work, right?

What exactly is Fair Trade? Simply put, it’s where all parties involved are treated, well, fairly. Fair in price. Fair in environmental and ethical practices. Very cool. If you would like to read more about Stella Winery and their fair trade practices, click here.

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Blood Orange Grapefruit and Vodka Cocktail

Posted by on Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

This little cocktail recipe is too good to pass up. If you can actually find Blood Orange juice then you can make this refreshing cocktail!

1 Shot of Vodka
1/2 Can of Grapefruit soda
1/2 Cup of Blood Orange juice

Add ice.

This makes a fantastic summertime drink! It goes down real easy.  Also, I found my Blood Orange Juice in a health food store. Which sounds weird seeing how I’m using the Blood Orange Juice as a liquor drink and NOT for it’s health benefits… whoops :/

Blood Orange Grapefruit and Vodka Cocktail

Blood Orange Grapefruit and Vodka Cocktail

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Samuel Smith’s Organically Produced Lager Beer

Posted by on Friday, 28 October, 2011

For those of you who are not familiar with Mr. Samuel Smith’s organic beers, allow me to introduce you. Samuel Smith’s is a small independent British brewery. It was established in 1758 and it’s also Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. Cool, huh? Samuel Smith Brewery offers a variety of ales, stouts, fruit flavored, porters, pale ales, ciders and more. What attracted me to this beer was the fact that it’s organic. That, and it comes in a big pretty bottle. But seriously, I like the fact that this beer is grown without the use of artificial fertilizers or chemical sprays. Oh … Read the rest

Sulfite Free Wine List

Posted by on Wednesday, 14 September, 2011

People keep asking me about Sulfite Free wines. Which ones are good? How do you know if the wine is Sulfite Free? Are sulfite free wines organic too? Well, the answers to those questions are: Lots. It says. And sometimes.

Let me give you the run down. Organic wines mean no pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers or synthetic chemicals of any kind are permitted to be used on the grape vines or in the soil.  Also, organic wines use waaaaaay less sulfites. As in, practically none compared to other non-organic wines.  Here’s a blurb on the definition between “No Sulfites Added” … Read the rest

Zevia Lemon Lime Twist Soda

Posted by on Friday, 15 July, 2011

Moving on down the Zevia line we tried the Lemon Lime Twist one. Back in the day I used to be a Sprite fan and since I don’t like drinking sodas full of funky junk I never get a change to drink my lemon lime soda. I’m not saying the organic soda, natural sodas or stevia infused sodas are totally healthy buuuut, I do believe that they are a much, MUCH better alternative.

Check out the ingredients in Sprite: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate and sodium benzoate. But when you have other, … Read the rest