friday offer: $50 naked wines voucher (and a clever wine investment opportunity!)

Posted on November 9th, 2012

Ah, look. I love wine. I started out my career in journalism off wine. My boyfriend and I won a six-week wine trip around the world with some of the top wine tasters in Australia. I was 21. I did vertical Rjoca tastings in Spain at 1o in the morning. We went to Champagne, Cognac, South Africa…. I started going to wine tasting dinners back in Australia and getting to know wine makers and the stories behind smaller, bespoke producers. It’s a love of mine. It grew my love of wine. Wine is an art, a community. It enriches. Eventually my love of wine (and food)  saw me take over the food and wine pages at Sunday Magazine at News Ltd when I was 24.

A Rjoca in Rhonda a few months back

When I quit sugar two years ago, knowing that wine was fructose-free certainly aided my progression.  Yours too? (Remember it’s the fructose in the grapes that becomes alcohol, leaving wine fructose-free.)

Recently I came across Naked Wines a set-up that invests in independent wine makers then sells their boutique products online. But it’s kind of better than that. Naked Wines also have an Angel System where customers become a direct investor in the wines they’re drinking. You become part of the art, the community. I’ll explain more in a moment…but to get to the offer:

For the next few weeks, Naked Wines are offering $50 off  orders of over $99

Simply click this button:

(*this offer is valid within Australia)

A bit more on Naked Wines:

Naked Wines is about directly connecting the consumer with the winemaker and stripping out all the fluff (marketing, experts, snobs  etc.) in between.  Which means cheaper and better wine for you. And a more intimate connection with what you’re drinking. The website is a social experience where you can interact directly with one other wine lovers and with the winemakers.  Essentially it’s Facebook for wine lovers.  You build a profile, find drinking buddies, upload content and integrate your ratings with their twitter and facebook accounts.

A wine tasting app:

Check out the Naked Wines facebook page, or their app (with videos, tasting notes, deals allowing users to chat to the winemaker of the wine they are drinking).  It’s the first of it’s kind in Australia and is free here.

The Angel System

I rather love this. By becoming a Naked Wines “Wine Angel” , you become a direct investor in the people behind your favourite wines and the wines become available to you all the time.

How it all works:

  • on the 1st of every month, angels chip in $40, theirs to spend on their next order
  • angels only pay the 25-50% lower prices
  • angels get a free premium bottle every month
  • angels receive invitations to exclusive tasting events,
  • and first dibs on all the best offers

A bit of a win win win.

Some interesting wine facts for a Friday:

  • red wine contains significant levels of melatonin (merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chianti and merlot) which aid in a restful sleep.  Melatonin is also an anti-oxidant which means it also has anti-aging and cancer preventative properties.
  • red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that has anti-inflammatory properties and assists with overall health and disease prevention.  It has also been proven to lower cholesterol.  Resveratol has also been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and to assist with heart health.
  • red wine also contains polyphenols – a specific anti-oxidant proven to assist with digestion by feeding the good bacteria in the intestine and curbing the growth of bad bacteria.
  • red wine helps neutralize damaging compounds found in fried food by up to 60-70%, which encourages better digestion.
  • Similarly, drinking red wine with red meat will help you digest the meat better thanks to the presence of polyphenols.

Interestingly, our body uses the same senses to decide whether or not we will swoon over a particular wine as it does for a particular man or woman.  There is an innate feeling of ‘yes (!!)’ or ‘no thanks’ which is a direct result of the unique cocktail of hormones and pheromones charging around our bodies.

Of course, I’m not advocating drinking excessively. Personally, I have a glass of red most nights with my meal (always with food; never more than 1-2 glasses). If you want to get stocked up for Christmas, try out the $50 voucher…and become a Naked Wines “Wine Angel” . Let me know how it goes.

(*this offer is valid within Australia)

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  • Katrin Helmreich

    mmm..sorry, but I’m not convinced about your belief that wine is OK for folks with auto-immune conditions. I am like you – I love my wine and have surrounded myself with wine from an early age. My partner had his own winery. I’ve been off sugar for nearly three years, along with grains etc. Wine, I hate to say effects me and my health – not the next day necessarily but even 3 – 4 days later (I keep very anal records – I have to.) So, while some folks can handle wine – good on you Sarah – may I suggest folks proceed with caution and keep a journal/diary of food events to track their progress. My two cents.

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Hi hear you Katrin. I find one glass with dinner is perfect. It helps me digest and does good for my AI. But everyone is different…and not everyone has an AI…Thank goodness!

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  • Mia Bluegirl

    I’ve had wine most nights this week, but in my cooking – I made a kangaroo Bolognese type thing which is pretty wine soaked, and tastes amazing.

    Interestingly, I agree with Katrin above, wine just ruins me. Exascerbates the sore joints & autoimmune brain fuzz after any more than 1 small glass, and for several days sadly. Fascinatingly spirits are fine – I was surprised to wake up after a night of excessive spirit consumption in the Czech republic with a bit of a headache, but no body pain. What is it about two glasses of red that can do what copious quantities of Jagermeister, tequila, absinthe and scotch cannot?

    Bit of a bummer, really – there is something so soothing about a gorgeous glass of red. I’ll keep drinking it, but only in tiny quantities.

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    Katrin Helmreich Reply:

    Mia, white spirits are fine for me too. I drink vodka, fresh lemon/lime, and soda and it’s all good. Sadly, it’s not the same as having a lovely glass of red/white to accompany a meal. I seem to be able to drink more white spirits and not get as pissed as opposed to if I have 3 glasses of red, which will see me dancing on tables far quicker than vodka. Interesting. I think it’s got something to do with the sugars in the wine further adding to the fermenting process or whatever’s going on in the gut.

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    Exactly the same as me, although I can do dark spirits as well. Just not wine, which sucks because it is my favourite and also has considerable health benefits!

    I suspect it might also be the yeast, although I can’t seem to get a consensus on how much yeast is left in red wine by the time it’s in the bottle…

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    Karen Reply:

    Would love to know the answer to this yeast question too Mia!

  • http://autoimmunepaleo.wordpress.com Mickey

    The Paleo Mom just posted this article today about alcohol and the autoimmune protocol, which I think is very timely:

    http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/11/the-whys-behind-the-autoimmune-protocol-alcohol.html

    I am with the above posters – anything more than a sip or two and I am in hashi-hell. Makes sense if it exacerbates leaky gut. I have had better luck with spirits, but I still can’t tolerate much.

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    Katrin Helmreich Reply:

    thanks Mickey for posting the Paleo Mom blog article on booze. really great read and well researched, it seems. Some great recipes on there as well.

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  • Claire

    i’m ok only if i drink preservative free red wine, preferably organic/biodynamic. these are becoming more and more readily available, and to those who say they do better on spirits than red wine i would suggest seeking some out!! the preservatives in normal red wine leave me feeling like i’ve been hit by a truck for days.

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    Rosie Reply:

    Hi Claire,

    Where would I commonly pick up preservative free / organic wine please?

    I have just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and i’m already lactose and fructose intolerant, so I need all the help I can get!

    Cheers,
    Rosie

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    seeker Reply:

    ooooohhh me too … the preservatives make me so seedy & headachy …

    we have some that have “minimal preservative” that i can do quite well with called Rymill

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    Paul - The Kind Little Blogger Reply:

    Temple Bruer do great preservative free wines.

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  • http://www.shopnaturally.com.au Jo @ Shop Naturally

    I’m not a drinker, and especially now that I constantly nurse my liver for my digestive health, I’m not about to start, but I totally adore the concept behind this and supporting small wine makers. We have a few as clients in our web design business and many of our restaurant clients support the local growers too as they’re in Newcastle and not too far from the Hunter Valley.

    My husband, on the other hand, LOVES a bottle of red, so I’ll go check it out.

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  • Miranda

    The sulphite preservative added to wine is the real kicker. If you have a genetic disposition to processing ammonia then sulphur rich foods and those with the 220 additive is a no go.

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  • Amy

    I think I may have found my husband the perfect Christmas gift!
    Thanks

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  • http://www.sensationentertainment.com.au Rosie

    Just asked this question about, but will ask generally again… where do I pick up preservative / organic wines from?

    Bottlos?

    Thanks!

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    Katrin Helmreich Reply:

    Google ‘preservative organic wines australia’ and find makers or suppliers and perhaps email them for stockists?

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    Sam Reply:

    Rosie, I have seen a couple of bottles at Dan Murphy’s in Townsville, so they may be worth a try :-)

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    Miranda Reply:

    This is a producer of organic & preservative free wines: http://www.wildfoxwines.com/
    They have a list of outlets on their site.

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    Janet Reply:

    NB – organic does not mean preservative free… Dan Murphy’s do stock some. Also I found out the other day that whilst Lindeman’s wine contains sulphites they do NOT use 220. So that is another alternative…

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  • Janine McGinness

    Raw Wine and Beer is an independent organic wine and organic beer marketing and distribution company http://www.rawwineandbeer.com.au. I’ve ordered wine from here, it was delivered in 2 days and the quality was excellent. I highly recommend.

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  • Dinah

    Thanks, Sarah! I, too, love wine and have been tossing up between a few different wine clubs, but they make me nervous. Naked Wines is awesome and perfect for what I want. Have become an angel and looking forward to my first delivery!

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  • Kelli Farley

    Hi Sarah! Trying to get this wine voucher, is it only good for Austrailia? Help!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Hey Kelli,
    Yeah, it’s for within Australia – have amended the post too!)

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  • http://www.joannaroy.com Jo Roy

    Ah good to know its the melatonin that’s sends me into a restful sleep after a bottle of red….!

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  • Karen

    Just came across this which looks quite interesting…

    http://sugarlesswines.com/test/about-us/

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  • http://www.thekindcleaner.com.au/blog Paul – The Kind Little Blogger

    Great deal. Ordered a case to see what they’re like. Told my housemate, he’s done the same. :)

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  • http://www.sensationentertainment.com.au Rosie

    Newsflash!

    Just got back from Dan Murphys… they have a little mini section of organic and/or preservative free wines… yay! Picked up two nice looking shiraz’s to try. :-)

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  • Marie

    I hear you sisters! I could never tolerate red wine until I moved to North East Vic and discovered 2 beautiful wineries in the area that do preservative free- La Cantina and Kancoona Valley (halfway between Myrtleford and Mt Beauty). Come by Sarah and I’ll show you around! Last week I drank a few glasses and woke up so fresh and alert (other red wine sent me groggy and sad). I’m loving wine even more since moving here, as I can see where/how it’s grown and love hearing about the history/story behind the wine making families. It’s all about family and tradition which is so beautiful.

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  • Bern

    I do love my red wine but limit it to no more than a glass per hour because I have fructose malabsorbtion. Sarah I know you mention that wine is fructose free but my dietitian warned me that most wines contain residual sugars that aren’t fermented or have added sugar.

    For those of you in WA, Harris Organic Wines in the Swan Valley does delicious organic and preservative free wines which are quite reasonably priced. My husband and I visited the vineyard a few weeks ago and we were very impressed! http://www.harrisorganicwine.com.au/shop/index.php

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  • Leanne

    I just wanted to say thank you, Sarah, for providing this offer from Naked Wines. I really liked the idea of becoming an ‘Angel’ and investing in small, independent wineries. I have now done so and also enjoyed a bottle from my first delivery of wines and I am very impressed. Thanks again!

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