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Fit Vine Wine – A Review

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I love wine.  I am no expert, but I love wine.  Did I mention I love wine?  However, I hate consuming all the sugar that comes with it and I hate feeling blah and foggy and ravenous the day after having a little too much wine.  Red or white. Doesn’t matter, I always get the same ugghhhh feeling the next morning (hello mid thirties!).

So leave it to me to scope out Fit Vine Wine.  Guys, it’s awesome.  AGAIN, I AM NOT A WINE EXPERT. But I know what tastes good.  I have ordered two cases so far.  I get six Sauvignon Blanc and six Cabernet.  I think they are both delicious.

A little about the company direct from their website:

How Did FitVine Come About?
FitVine Wine was born when three friends discovered that they could make amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. Our team is always on the go, whether we’re doing CrossFit, cycling, running, skiing, paddle boarding, or just enjoying the outdoors. We set about combining our love for wine and fitness with an ethic for sustainability. Our proprietary process delivers high-quality great tasting wine with less sugar, calories and carbohydrates.

Our Fermentation Process
To create wines that are both clean and rich in flavor and mouthfeel, we put our wines thorough malolactic fermentation and perform dry fermentation with no residual sugar levels. In doing this, per 5oz glass, both the Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc have 90 calories & 3g of carbohydrates at 13.4% alcohol. The Cabernet & Pinot Noir have 95 calories & 3.4g of carbohydrates at 13.9% alcohol. The remaining sugar is that which is naturally found in the alcohol which is less than 1.5g per liter.  Furthermore our fermentation process is extended 10-15 days in order to optimize pH levels. Our proprietary process allows us to extract more color and tannins. Finally we filter all of our wines with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads.
Our wines contain sulfites at less than 35 ppm (parts per million). Additionally, at primary fermentation, the SO2 (sulfur dioxide) content is kept at a low level.

Our Grapes
We are very picky when selecting our grapes. We choose only the highest quality grapes from small farmers who focus on quality, not quantity. Our story doesn’t include fancy chateaus or barrels hewed from the limbs of majestic oaks. We’re OK with that and we think you will be too. Because the most important part of any story is what you take away from it and at FitVine, we took away residual sugars, excessive sulfites and needless additives. Just great tasting wine with fewer calories and carbs. If you’re trying to be more conscious about what you’re putting into your body and looking for a wine that champions your active lifestyle – drink clean. Drink FitVine – end of story.

What Does All This Mean
It means that we take the extra time and effort to create wines that are clean and you can take comfort in knowing exactly what you are and are not putting in your body. This is the way that wine is meant to be made: without all the additives, sugars, and impurities that can wreak havoc on our bodies. And the results are in that our wines can have all the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol as “regular wine”.  We have received high marks from customers and reviewers, whom are thrilled to have discovered FitVine Wine.

I have only ordered through the website which is easy BUT it is an inconvenience to have to sign for it upon arrival (hello, sleeping 9 month old baby, three dogs and the doorbell).  Some Whole Foods Markets are starting to carry FVW so if you’re close to one that does, go get a bottle case and try it for yourself.  Check here to see if they are at your local store.  (Central VA peeps, they have FVW at WF in Charlottesville and RVA!)

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If you don’t believe me, read the reviews.  There are HUNDREDS of them and nearly all positive.  That is what had me order it first, well that and the idea of less sugar, chemicals, and crap in my vino.

They have free shipping when you order a case so it’s sort of a no brainer.  You can mix and match which is great too. They give you a 60 day money back guarantee (that you won’t need) but if that helps some of you pull the trigger, so be it.

Let me know what you think! Cheers to the summer of no hangovers!

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So, How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Going?

We’ve made it to March.  Has anything changed since you made some healthy promises to yourself back at the beginning of the year?

Yes? Awesome, good for you.  NOW is usually the time that our motivation starts to dwindle, our progress may seem to plateau, and we sort of get a “whatever” attitude and slip back into old bad habits.

No?  Still struggling with drinking more water, less booze, more greens, less processed junk, moving more, sitting less aka the usual?  I hear ya.  Me too!

 

It is a constant work in progress.  And don’t you feel like there is always “something”?  Like an excuse? An event? An occasion?  To splurge and overindulge?  That’s what it always seems like for me.

And that’s ok!

 

Only one things matters as we try to get back to whatever we were aiming to improve a few months ago. BALANCE.

The point of this post isn’t to make you (us) feel worse about maybe not reaching certain goals just yet or “dropping the ball”, it’s to try and keep us all motivated, accountable.

Throw in an extra salad today, eat an avocado, stop by Millie’s for a dragon bowl, go for a walk at lunch time, soak up some Vitamin D when you can.  You deserve to put yourself first, to make your health a priority, and to feel and LOOK like the best version of you…ever.

 

 

Ok, enough with the feels!

Have a fabulous day, friends.

xo,

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Lynchburg Community Market Spotlight: Shirley Carwile

This is worthy of reposting!  Go see Shirley on Saturday for all your holiday needs.  

Every year for Christmas I like to get something local for my neighbors, friends, and family (and something that could work as a hostess gift at holiday parties).  Last year I got some beautiful honey from the market and attached a tag listing ways that Douglas and I like to use local honey in our kitchen (salad dressings, marinades, on a cracker with cheese, etc).  This year I was talking to the blondes looking for a new idea and Tiffany suggested I contact Shirley Carwile at the Lynchburg Community Market.

So I did!

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And she’s the sweetest.  At her booth you can find jams, jellies, relishes, salsa, baked goods, even crafts and towels! She has been making these delicious creations for forty five years and selling at the market for twenty eight!  Incredible!  Go check her out, buy some jam, and learn more of her story. She was farm raised, has almost always had her own garden, and believes everyone should be able to have locally grown and home canned food. Her favorite thing about being at the market is the people!

Shirley is just one of many fantastic vendors you can meet and buy from at our awesome community market.  Go each week to try something new! Bread, cheese, produce, fruit, canned goods, sweets, chicken, eggs, anything you can think of!  Please support local farmers and creators whenever you can!

Thanks Shirley and the Lynchburg Community Market!  I know my people will be thrilled with their goodies from you this year!

xo,

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#inspiralized

 

Have you guys hopped on the spiralizer bandwagon yet?  Spiralizers are super affordable and you can spiralize literally anything, well almost anything.  Fun to use, easy to make healthy meals, and a total crowd pleaser!

If you aren’t ready to commit to yet another piece of kitchen equipment, a lot of grocery stores (like Whole Foods and Wegmans) will provide veggies already spiraled for you (I am all about this convenience!).

Anyway, there are tons of options but I thought I would share one of my SUPER EASY favorites.

Squash and zucchini are certainly more summer veggies that are accessible all year but feel free to try this dish with fall produce like sweet potatoes and rutabagas.  Like a lot of things I “cook”, no recipe is required.  Let me just share with you what I did.

Cover the bottom of a flat, heavy pan with water.  While bringing water to a boil, spiralize two medium zucchini. Place into the water and cover. It takes no time at all so stay with it, moving the zucchini around frequently just until they get soft and wilted.  While this is happening, toast a few pine nuts.

Pull your “noodles” out of the pan, drain and pat dry, and place on two dinner plates.  Add a drizzle of evoo, a squirt of fresh lemon juice, a few sliced baby tomatoes, some chopped basil, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese to each plate (or skip the cheese to make it vegan, duh).

You’re done.

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OMG.  So delicious with an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc.  The perfect light, simple meal.  Serve alongside grilled chicken if you like!

Check out the Inspiralized site for more inspiration!

xx,

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