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Green, Green, Wine

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  • Publish Date: Apr 22, 2009

So called “green” wines have yet to earn their place among the royalty of Earth Day purchases: Burt's Bees, a “recycled” Patagonia jacket, or, in a dream world, a spanking new Tesla Roadster. Sure, we all want to feel good about ourselves for living green, but while avoiding any sacrifice in quality at the same time.

We’re here to help dispel the myth that all organic wines will be underwhelming. To begin, it’s important to understand what makes an organic wine “organic.” Aside from the fact that the grapes were grown using organic practices (no fertilizers, pesticides etc.) the wine must also be free of any added sulfites which which act as a preservative. Sulfur dioxide is a natural bi-product of the fermentation process, so trace amounts of it exist in organic and non-organic wines alike. Without the addition of sulfur dioxide, organic wines can sometimes taste “pre-decanted,” which can be a very nice bonus. Only potential downside, some detractors suggest, that without the extra sulfites, organic wines are at higher risk of getting “corked.” We’ll let you be the judge.

Instead of giving you one wine of the week - we’re going to give you 10. For a quick breakdown on the difference between sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farming, along with a our list of 10 Organic Wines Worth a Try check out the article we wrote for Earth Week on

Next time you’re in the wine store, ask to try an organic wine--you’ll have done your green deed for the day, and you can enjoy it!

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