Category Archives: Organic

Sales of “Green” Wine are Up, and Monsanto Smiles …

Sales of so-called “green” wines increased 12.1 percent over the past year, nearly four times the growth rate of wine sales in general, according to a new Nielsen Company report released last week at the “Green Wine Summit” in Santa … Continue reading

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Carbon-Neutral Wine

Wineries today tout their green credentials almost as much as their scores from influential wine magazines. Solar power, sustainable or organic or biodynamic (s/o/b) viticulture, and “carbon-neutral” winemaking are all marketing buzzwords for wineries. In today’s column in The Washington … Continue reading

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Of Cow Horns and the Cosmos

Biodynamics is a small but rapidly growing style of winemaking. Basically put, biodynamics is “Extreme Organics,” going way beyond avoidance of chemical fertlizers, pesticides and herbicides to include some rather esoteric practices. The wackiest of these is probably the only … Continue reading

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A Toast to Earth Day

Today is a day to celebrate our planet. Heck – the government has finally acknowledged that we’re killing it with greenhouse gases. Maybe now we can take some steps to help the environment. One step might be to support earth-friendly … Continue reading

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The Terroirists Are Coming!

The “Return to Terroir” tasting came to Washington this week, courtesy of the French Wine Society. It wasn’t as big a tasting as in New York the day before, but I only had to find parking along Reservoir Rd., not … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Wines – Yet Another Factor to Consider???

Vinophiles face a large number of choices every time we buy a bottle of wine. Cabernet or Merlot? Chardonnay barrel fermented or unoaked? Imported or domestic? California or local? (Well, I can dream, can’t I?) Were the grapes farmed organically? … Continue reading

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Domaine Le Grand Ribe 2007 CĂ´tes du RhĂ´ne $12

This organic wine, certified by Ecocert (the European Union’s organic watchdog agency), offers gorgeous aromas of lavender, herbes de provence, violets and stones, as if someone ground up the famous stones of Chateauneuf-du-Papes in a blender and filtered the wine … Continue reading

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The Green Revolution

Wine is going green. Like many of us trying to shrink our “carbon footprints” by using less electricity, recycling, or driving hybrid cars, the wine industry is becoming increasingly earth-friendly. At the Fair Lakes Whole Foods Market in Fairfax, Va., … Continue reading

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