Sustainability embodies two fundamentals: borrow from the Earth and preserve it for future generations. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, here’s some advice about eco-friendly wines for the holidays and after. There's nothing festive about sipping sulfites and pesticides and we all know they’re there in our favorite regular wines. As a health conscious wine lover, I’m delighted that more high quality and great tasting organic wines are coming on the market so I’m beginning to add organic wines to my personal wine cellar.
It’s possible to produce great tasting wine that promotes health and the environment. According to the Town Hall Coalition of Northern California, there are five compelling reasons to drink organic wine: 1) better flavor and taste; 2) keep chemicals out of your glass; 3) support organic farmers and their health; 4) protect groundwater quality; and, 5) prevent soil erosion. Many wineries are turning to biodynamic agriculture which goes a step beyond organic – a holistic approach to farming with the idea that the farm is looked upon as a living organism.
Although California dominates the U.S. wine scene, many others across the country are coming on strong. My personal favorite is Frey Vineyards, a pioneering organic winery. Located in Mendocino County California, they were first to produce certified Biodynamic® Wines in the U.S. They began their tradition of sustainability over 30 years ago. A new find of mine is Maysara. Located in McMinnville, OR, I first tried their Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir and loved the fruity spicy combination of tastes. Their dedication to the terroir is well worth the effort.There are many online grape and industry resource websites for winegrowing states. I discovered a convenient online shopping resource, the Organic Wine Company, which is committed to providing wines “with body (structure), heart (maker’s pulse) and spirit (connection with nature)!” Check-out the Green Wine Guide for wines that are tasty and planet-friendly. Love the great recipes too.
I’d love to hear about your favorites as well, and hope I’ve given you something to think about with your next glass. The following are among some of the vineyards and wineries which deserve kudos for their efforts in sustainability with emphasis is on producing organic wine of the highest quality while caring for planet and palate alike.My Top Sustainable-Organic Vineyards & Wineries
Boedgas Iranzo Spain
Château Haut Garrigue France
Familia Cecchin Argentina
Sandalford Wines Australia
Seresin Estate New Zealand
Forget about all the complex rules about food and wine pairing. Just like working to keep balance in life, it’s the same for food and wine. Mild foods go well with mild wines. Flavorful and rich food call for powerful wines. When all else fails, when in doubt, drink what you love and now that can include organic wine, as well. Cheers, prost, skål, salud, santé, sláinte, happy trails!
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Part of this blog was previously posted on May 9, 2011, in Baby Boomer Interests, by Bette Boomer
All the best in sustainable entertaining for this holiday season.
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