In honor of Earth Day we have listed a few organic and biodynamic wines from different regions. In most of the world’s wine regions you will find wineries that practice sustainable farming. They produce organic and biodynamic wines, some of which are labeled vegan.
It takes several years to prepare the vineyards for special organic certification but it is a task that the vineyard owners and winemakers feel is worth the time and effort to protect their fruit as well as the environment. These practices today are in keeping with the tradition of old world winemaking practices.
In south Australia the Bosworth family is proud of their Edgehill Vineyard. Joch Bosworth’s homage to his noble practices of maintaining organic soil and biological practices in his vineyard dealing with pest control is a force to reckon with in his viticultural Battle of Bosworth.
Battle of Bosworth, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia
2007 Shiraz — Winemakers Notes: Color is deep dark red with bright purple edges. The nose shows lifted floral and blossom notes with red fruits, as well as fresh liquorice, spice and hints of fresh meat. A tight, middle-weight palate is perfectly balanced and set to grow and develop over time. This wine is certified organic and vegan.
2008 War of the Rosé — Winemakers Notes: The Rosé has a gorgeous nose of watermelon rind, red fruits and nettles. It has a balanced, even palate with bright, fresh acidity. The wine finishes dry, clean and wonderfully fresh. This wine is certified organic and vegan.
Celebrate with Champange from Vandières in the Champagne district in France.
A.O.C. Champagne, Vandières (Marne) is made from 70% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir grapes. Winemaker’s Notes: Three years of aging gives this wine a rich, full aroma with creamy texture and mature fruit flavors. Made more complex by hints of yeast and nuts. This dry, full- bodied style of Champagne from mostly dark grapes is an excellent wine for hearty appetizers or a full dinner.
The grapes from this vineyard have been certified organic since 1969.
2007 Prosecco Perlage Riva Moretta has a clear straw yellow color and a rich bouquet reminiscent of flowers and fruits, especially unripe green apples. It is clean, crisp and lively and is great with hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and camembert cheese, poultry or dessert. Also will pair with scallops.
In Spain, Vina Ijalba in Logrono, Spain began organic farming practices in 2000.
Vina Ijalba Almagre Tinto 2006 Rioja has a translucent purple plum color with dried black cherry and cocoa bean notes. The flavors of plum and the well balance of acidity and low tannins and the 6 months in oak make this Rioja a versatile wine. This is worth a try for those who enjoy a red Burgundy.
California’s Casa Barranca Certified Organic Winery in picturesque Ojai, California is the first certified organic winery in the Santa Barbara region.
2007 Viognier Madera, Wulf Vineyard: Winemaker’s Notes: This elegant white wine has wonderful aromatics of honeysuckle, roses, pineapple and guava with a lovely golden-green hue. Delicate yet rich, it has forward citrus fruit and tropical fruit flavors that merge into a creamy mid palate. The long finish is highlighted with freshness and structure. This versatile wine can accompany everything from steamed fish to spicy, exotic Asian and Indian dishes, as well as delicate custards and pastries.
2006 Grenache Winemaker’s Notes: Our first Grenache is light ruby with brick overtones in color and has strawberries, rhubarb and hints of leather in the nose. Ripe forward fruit with mulberry, cardamom, tea leaves and bits of leather on the first sip, its medium body is belied by the depth and melange of flavors that make it seem richer than it is. The flavors meld into a long finish with strawberry and Dutch cocoa lingering on the palate balanced by soft tannins and grapey acids.
Grenache is a fun, delicious and very versatile varietal as shown by this wine. It’s wonderful on it’s own, it pairs very well with hard cheeses, earthy stews, grilled foods including salmon and tuna, fowl, red meats, vegetables and tofu and it’s a great foil for lighter red sauce on pasta.
Yorkville Cellars in Mendocino County, California is 100 miles north of San Francisco. The organic vineyards have been certified since 1986, using no pesticides or chemicals.
2007 Semillon Winemaker’s Notes: has aromas of pear skin, coriander seed and vanilla bean. The flavors are rich with apricot, lime zest. Rich mid-palate with apricot, lime zest and honey-comb notes in a long dry finish.
Pair with shellfish, especially crab and crab cakes. Also matches well with chicken braised in wine.
This wine can be consumed young, by 2010, or aged for 7-10 years.
Macari Vineyards is in the Long Island wine region of New York. They have been using sustainable farming practices for several years.
2007 Sauvignon Blanc “Katherine Field” Winemaker’s Note: has a pale greenish-yellow color with citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and lime zest with subtle hints. It is crisp with citrus flavors of grapefruit, fresh lemon and sweet lime with a briny minerality. This is the perfect wine to pair with oysters.
Wine tasting tip: “Good friends and good food are the best pairing with wine. Drink what you enjoy, it’s just a matter of taste!”