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Let’s Commit To An Almost Dry January!

January 9, 2024 Vitis House

Dry January is a practice where people decide to stop drinking alcohol for a month.

But in reality, cutting back just a bit can be rewarding. At the end it is about to detox to feel better! Here are few recommendations, of course, including wine:

  • Start by exercising more.
  • Drink more water and drink only fresh juices (100%).
  • Let’s adopt the Mediterranean diet philosophy, spend more in quality of ingredients.
  • Cook more at home, that’s the only place on earth where you can control the quality of what you eat and what you drink.
  • Increase the amount of fresh veggies, reduce the amount of carbs and forget about frying.
  • Cook more chicken, fish and lean cuts of pork (like loin) and avoid heavy red meat. That’s not difficult!
  • Add proteins rich in Omega 3, like imported preserved mackerel, tuna or sardines.  If buying fish or seafood, buy fresh and support local.
  • Ignore the desserts.  A cup of coffee, tea or a piece of fruit will be better!

You don’t have to say no to a lovely glass of wine.
Enjoy these low alcohol suggestions:

vitis house lets commit to an almost dry januarySparkling: Most of sparkling wines are low in alcohol, but if you want to taste something different, try a Gruner Veltiner or Riesling. Austria and Germany produce great styles (usually around 10-11% ABV).

White: A Txakolina from north Spain, one of the most refreshing and delicious whites you can have (around 10%).  A simple Riesling Kabinett from Germany will be a great one too.  Both pair beautifully with seafood dishes, including sushi.

Red: A Nouveau wine.  Not sure about what it is? It means that the wine has been vinified and bottled during the same year of harvest. This, in turn, leads to youthful, pale in color, fruit-driven wine that beg to be enjoyed now (with a slight chill, of course).  This style of wine is mainly produced in Beaujolais with Gamay grape (around 12%). Another French term used to describe nouveau wines is “glou glou” because they are extremely drinkable – it’s roughly the French equivalent of “glug glug,” aka the sound of wine rapidly going down out of a person’s throat.

Sweet: You can play safe with Moscato D’Asti because by law, this dry and sweet wine can’t be more than 5.5% ABV.  It is from the Piedmont region and it falls under the DOCG category.  It will pair great with a simple fresh fruit tart or spicy Indian or Asian dishes.

My very last recommendation, please don’t drink any alcohol with an empty stomach.  Eat before and during enjoying a glass of wine, beer, sake or spirit and have always a glass of water near you.

Healthy 2024!

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