1. What is a spritz?
No one sums it up better than Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau, in their seminal book Spritz (Ten Speed Press, 2016). “[A spritz] is a mantra, an attitude, and a state of being.”
Technically put, a spritz is a low-alcohol cocktail with roots in Northern Italy during the early 19th century when the Hapsburg Empire still occupied the region. Spritzes are traditionally made with a bitter liqueur and sparkling water. RAMONA is a lightly sparkling wine - based spritz made from organic grapes and organic citrus fruit.
2. What is the difference between wine and a wine spritz?
Wine is an alcohol made from fermented grapes. A wine spritz is a spritz that uses wine as the base instead of the traditional liqueur (which has a base of a spirit instead of wine).
A wine spritz is lower in alcohol and calories than a regular glass of wine.
3. Why does organic matter?
Organic matters to us because we believe that consuming organic products, farmed without toxic chemical additives, is better for our bodies. We also believe that committing to organic farming practices is an important investment in our world for future generations. All of our grapes and citrus fruits used in production are organically farmed with the highest standards and are certified by Suolo e Salute, an EU certification agency based in Italy. This has been true since Day One.
Also, organically farmed ingredients just taste better.
4. Why Italy?
With a wine history dating back more than 3,000 years and a climate ideally suited to viticulture, organic farming and delicious wine has always been part of Italy’s history.
5. Why cans?
With sustainability practices at our core, cans are the more environmentally responsible choice over bottles. There are lower carbon emissions produced by shipping cans versus bottles and more cans are recycled than bottles. 70% of wine bottles ended up in landfills while the global recycling rate on aluminum cans is 69%.
Cans are also great and easy to take on all your go-anywhere, do-anything adventures!
6. Spritzes are often bitter - is RAMONA?
Because we use all organic, Italian citrus fruits to flavor the spritzes instead of bitter liqueurs, we like to think of RAMONA as balanced and refreshing - not too bitter, not too sweet.
7. What are sulfites and are they bad for you?
Sulfites are a natural preservative that occur as a by-product of fermentation during wine making. Sulfites work as an important naturally-occurring preservative in preventing oxidation and maintaining a wine’s freshness.
Sulfites occur naturally in foods including egg yolks, black tea, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, onions, strawberries, and blackberries. They are often maligned in wine because winemakers must declare their existence on the label (as opposed to other chemical additives). Food products that have significantly more sulfites - ketchup, raisins, white flour, for example, don't get a bad rap because sulfites aren't required to appear in the ingredient list. Fun fact - dried fruits have about 10 times more sulfites than wine!
While some people are indeed sensitive to sulfites (notably asthmatics), most of the time consumers are likely reacting to either the high alcohol or chemicals, pesticides and other additives in the wine, not sulfites. If you can handle moderate amounts of white flour, ketchup and raisins, give low-alcohol, thoughtfully-grown, pesticide/herbicide/fungicide-free wine, like RAMONA, a try.
8. What is the nutritional information for RAMONA?
RAMONA’s ingredients are straight-forward and simple: wine made from organically grown grapes, juice from organically grown ruby grapefruit, Sicilian lemons or blood oranges, extract from organic grapefruit peels and a touch of citric acid (Vitamin C - a natural preservative), and slight carbonation. That’s it!
9. Do your products contain malt?
Unlike spiked seltzers, none of our products contain malt. The alcohol is 100% organic wine.
10. Do your products contain gluten?
No! RAMONA is 100% gluten free.
11. Is your wine Kosher?
Unfortunately, our products are not certified kosher.
12. Are your products Vegan?
Yes! All of our products are 100% vegan.