Let’s Try Organic Wines
There was a time when people would decidedly avoid organic wines. Odds are that most of the time, a consumer did not know if the wine they were drinking was organic or not.
Recently, things have changed in regards to attitudes toward organically farmed wines.
At this juncture, I feel I should clarify exactly what an organic wine is.
I happily defer to Dr. David Suzuki for his explanation.
“Wineries that produce certified organic vino, cannot use toxic p
esticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers to grow grapes.
An organic vineyard will fertilize crops with compost, compost teas, green manure, and cover crops. Instead of herbicides, they rely on mec
hanical weeding, mowing around vines, mulching, and companion planting. They also do not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Certified organic wine does not contain sulphites”.
Food Republic pays attention to sulphite free wine when making their own brew.
The method of the growing and tending the grapes will determine whether it will become organic wine or not.
Look For Organic Wines
When you go into your favourite drinking establishment, it is in vogue to see an organic wine listed on the menus. To be sure that you are in fact drinking organic wine, it must be certified. Certification is carried out by independent third party organizations, which will do annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification. This organization will ensure that the grapes grown comply with their strict standards. They vineyard will also have to pass certification with their department of agriculture. Laws are in place to block the wine producer from promoting a wine as organic, if it has not been certified.
Organic Means Healthy, Right?
People can easily fall into the crunchy granola belief that if wine is
organic, it follows that it healthy for you to drink. The perception is that organic equals healthy, even though there is little evidence to back this up. O
rganically grown wine can boast that they do not use harmful and toxic chemicals, in any of the process, from grape growth to b
ottling. It will in most cases taste better. But it still contains alcohol, which if taken in excess, becomes as harmful as any conventional wine.
An advantage to organic wine is that is contains half the legal limit of sulphur dioxide, a common preservative, used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria. Wine drinkers say that the sulphur dioxide is the cause of hangovers, the day after drinking. So, organic wine equals no hangover. Yay! Since the organically farmed wines do have sulphur dioxide, the wine will keep about as long as a conventional wine. When you decide to experience an organic wine, you will find that you come across some stinkers and some great wines, just like the conventional variety.
There is a curious development taking place in the pricing of organic wines. There is a general knowledge that if you go to the grocery store and buy organic produce, it is understood that you will pay more than the regular produce. Everyone knows this, and it is up to you which you will purchase.
Oddly enough the reverse seems to be true when it comes to wines that are organic. With organic wines, there is a designation of the “hippy” stigma. The organic boast has had the effect of a turn off, which has driven the prices down! It seems the health and environmentally conscious would rather pay less for organic wines, and use that money on organic vegetables!
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