17 May, 2019

The Wine List at FoodWell

Our wine list totally reflects the FoodWell ethos of wellness, thoughtfulness and nutrition – without the need to be preachy. It offers a wonderful range of old and new world wines, each with its own great story and provenance. All have been carefully selected to ensure the highest possible quality along with the certain attributes that will cater for all tastes, dietary requirements and moral principles. They are great on their own, although we have of course tasted them all with our menu, to ensure they work well with our eclectic range of dishes. We want you to enjoy wine but to feel good about it at the same time – guilt free!

There’s a massive buzz currently around Natural, Organic, Biodynamic, Orange and even Vegan wines which isn’t surprising given similar movements in the food sectors. Most of our wines are basically fermented grape juice with little or nothing added and indeed nothing taken away – ‘low intervention in the cellar’. 

Those labelled ‘organic’ are made from grapes grown in accordance with strict principles of organic farming. That means no artificial chemical fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are used on the vines. 

Some of our wines are also labelled or certified ‘biodynamic’, this mean that the winemakers follow the precepts of the Austrian philosopher, Rudolph Steiner, involving the use of herbal rather than chemical sprays in the vineyard and natural composting techniques. 

The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. this has included casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). Today many winemakers use clay-based fining agents such as bentonite, which are particularly efficient at fining out unwanted proteins. Activated charcoal is another vegan and vegetarian-friendly agent that is also used. Most of our list is vegan.

Orange wine is a type of white wine made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the juice, creating a deep orange-hued finished product. It’s a very natural process that uses little to no additives. Because of this, they taste very different from regular white wines and have a sour taste and nuttiness from oxidation. Ours is certainly a statement – Alpha Box & Dice ‘Golden Mullet Fury’ Semillon/Viognier from McLaren Vale in Oz. It’s a crazy wine from a really funky producer, if you fancy something different why not?

The downside is that the wines can be unpredictable and unstable. That raw taste can quickly become ‘mousey’ and relatively undrinkable. But made and shipped with care, these wines can also give you a thrilling walk on the wild side of the vineyard.

While wine is great, it is estimated that as many as 7 out of 10 wine drinkers experience reactions ranging from headaches, stomach distress and facial redness to flushing, joint pain, bloating and next-day hangover. This is no longer a problem with ‘The Wand’ (for by the glass) & “The Wave” (for by the bottle), selectively absorbing the histamines and sulphites in wine just before you drink it opening up a whole world of awesome wine adventure to FoodWell’s customers.

Our recommendation:

Alpha Box & Dice ‘Golden Mullet Fury’ Semillon Viognier –   McLaren Vale, Oz

It’s a bonkers wine with a great label from a really funky producer – as I said, it is a bit weird but I guess it’s ticking another box and you can order in singles anyway so no real dramas.

Gives a palatable approach to skin contact white wine, without surrendering its character or funk. It’s a blonde bombshell of capsicum, guava and butterscotch on the nose with waxy, textured, almond, spicy and rich flavours throughout your mouth. The King of Orange.