One of the things that changes as you hit middle age is your ability to tolerate food and drink like you once did.
I’ve long been a lover of wine, but lately even a relatively small amount has the potential to disrupt my sleep, give me a headache or just make me feel sluggish the next day.
For a while I just accepted that as my
new reality, not thinking much about why that was happening.
Then I saw Dry Farm Wines being promoted by Tim Ferriss. It had a lot of other famous devotees in the wellness space like Dave Asprey and Mark Sisson.
- What Is “Clean” Wine?
- Who This Review Is For
- Dry Farm Wines Review
- Pros & Cons of Dry Farm Wines
- A More Affordable Alternative
- One HUGE Difference
- Taste and Effects
- Wine Prices
- Special Bonus
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Is “Clean” Wine?
The pitch of a “clean” wine struck me as absurd initially, but the more I read the more I realized there’s a bunch of stuff in my wine that shouldn’t be there.
There are pesticides and herbicides on the grapes, but that’s just the residues. Then there’s the stuff they add intentionally like extra sugar and sulfites.
So I gave it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised (nearly shocked, actually) at the difference “clean” wine makes.
There are pros and cons that I’ll get into later, but the experience is what I describe as “transparent” to your body.
It’s as if I were consuming a mild poison and then I stopped (which is a fair description of what’s happening).
The clean wine has about the same effects that I’d expect of grape juice–there aren’t any.
“Clean” wine is a continuum of course, and if you want to see what difference cleaner wine makes to your metabolism without investing in a number of different bottles, the “Wand” is an excellent option.
Here’s a video that both explains clean wine and shows the Wand in action:
Who This Review Is For
I will say that the concept of clean wines isn’t for everyone.
If you’re younger or otherwise don’t really experience the downsides of regular wine, you won’t want to pay more for clean wine (though it’s not always more expensive as you’ll see later).
If you’re 100% focused on flavor, a real wine snob, this may also not be for you.
And if you’re a straight value shopper, looking for the best taste at the very lowest price, this won’t be for you either.
But if health and feeling great are top priorities and you still want to enjoy wine, definitely read on.
Dry Farm Wines Review
The Dry Farm Wines service is a regular delivery of carefully selected bottles of wine, delivered to your door. Here’s the insert from the box. The collection of testimonials from wellness gurus is impressive.
You can see all their claims in the image, but several of them are either redundant (e.g., “Low Carb Friendly” and “Paleo & Keto Friendly”) or it isn’t clear how the claim would affect my digestive experience of the wine, like “Older Vines.”
Here are the ones that I think are relevant to having a clean wine:
- Grown Organically/Biodynamically
- Sugar Free
- Lower Sulfites
- Lower Alcohol
- No Industrial Additives
The bottles are usually attractive and the box, packaging and inserts are a nice touch. The same is true of the bottle stickers they send with each batch. You can apply the stickers so you know which wines in your wine rack are from Dry Farm Wines, I found this very handy.
Some bottles also have the results of their lab tests printed on the back label. This is a feature I’ve never seen before with any wine service or seller. Not all bottles had the test results, in my last shipment half of the bottles had it and half did not.
The lab test label confirms the alcohol percentage and the sugar contents of the wine. This is great, but I think it would also be useful to show the absence of glyphosate and other toxins that would make a wine “clean.”
The service costs $159 for 6 bottles of wine, or $26.50 per bottle delivered.
Pros & Cons of Dry Farm Wines
I found a very distinct set of pros and cons during my test of this service.
- The wines being “clean” works. There was stark difference in how I felt after drinking these wines vs. my regular wines (mostly from the Naked Wines service or purchased from the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list).
- Lab testing – While there isn’t a lot of information, the independent confirmation that the wines are low sugar/low carb is a key factor for the target audience of Keto and Paleo enthusiasts.
- Nice appearance and thoughtful packaging
- The service is fairly expensive per bottle of wine.
- You can choose to receive red or white wines, but you don’t make any choices beyond that. So what you get is a grab bag of wines you may or may not enjoy.
- The flavor of the wines tends to be tart (which in fairness is what happens when you remove the sugar) and in my experience, lacking depth.
So there’s a definite give and take here. You’re getting wines that are verified to be ok on your restrictive diet, and that’s hard to find.
But you’re making a lot of compromises in the process. Buying relatively expensive bottles of wine that you can’t pick out yourself isn’t for everyone.
I received styles of wine that I know I don’t care for and would never choose at a wine store. And I never tasted a single bottle throughout the test that made me say “wow, that’s really good wine.”
A More Affordable Alternative
I’ve been a customer there for a while, but this was the first time I had ever tried their wines.
Their wine service is similar to Dry Farm Wines in many ways. All of the Thrive Market wines are organic and chosen by a master sommelier for their taste, quality and sustainability. You can also go farther in filtering the wines to your taste and diet.
Thrive Market allows you to filter the wines by:
- No Added Sweeteners
- No sulfites
- Certifications (Biodynamic, Organic, B Corporation)
- Farm type (Family owned, Sustainable)
- Vegan (I’m perplexed by that option)
- Average customer rating
This is very similar to the profile of the Dry Farm Wines. The only thing missing is “lower alcohol” but the alcohol content is always listed, so if you want to choose wines with a lower alcohol content, you can.
One HUGE Difference
The HUGE difference between Dry Farm Wines and Thrive Market is the flexibility.
At Thrive Market, you can not only choose which of those factors are important to you…you get to choose the wine!
You just apply whatever filters are important and you’re presented with a selection of wines. Then you can choose whatever sounds good and if you like it, you can order more of that exact wine.
The only thing that is missing vs. Dry Farm Wines is that half of the Dry Farm Wines had the lab results label and Thrive Market doesn’t do that type of testing.
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Taste and Effects
On average, I enjoyed the flavor of the Thrive Market wines more. I think this is precisely because you get to choose the wines. If you know what you tend to like, you can make better choices for your own palate.
The effects were the same in terms of how I felt. Perhaps it’s the lower sugar content or the lack of pesticides, but whatever I normally react to wasn’t there.
Thrive Market Wine Prices
Oh…and the prices! I didn’t see a single bottle that was as expensive as the $26.50 average cost of a Dry Farm Wines bottle. There were options that were less than half that price.
To compare total pricing, you have to consider shipping. It’s included in the Dry Farm Wines price and at Thrive Market it’s free if you order $79 or more in wine alone (food ships separately).
Thrive Market also has an annual membership fee, but amortized across all your wine (and food) purchases, it would only add a nominal amount to the price of a bottle.
This wasn’t even a contest, Thrive Market wines were dramatically more affordable.
Bonus: All Your Other Groceries
Wines are only one aspect of Thrive Market. If you’re a health-conscious person who sticks to a diet that is strict in some way—which you likely do if you’re interested in Dry Farm Wines—then you’ll find a LOT to like about Thrive Market. If you’re interested, check out our full Thrive Market review.
You can filter ALL their products by factors that are important to you. Their whole selection is similar to a normal grocery store, with packaged food, frozen food, meat, supplements, health and beauty products. They have everything except fresh produce basically.
So you’re getting a ton of value beyond just the clean wines. For this reason, I think Thrive Market is a far better value.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Dry Farm Wines legit?
Yes, very. The service was very professional from start to finish and they delivered what they claimed.
How much alcohol is in Dry Farm Wines?
Typically 12.5% alcohol or lower.
Are dry farm wines sweet?
No, not at all. Because of the intentionally low sugar content of the wines chosen, I found all of the bottles I tested to be very dry.
Is Dry Farm Wines worth the money?
Personally, no, I found that the offering from Thrive Market wines was comparable in almost every way and a much better value for the money.
Is Dry Farm Wines keto?
It really depends on how strictly you define “keto.” But it is undoubtedly the most keto-friendly wines you’ll find.