Sunday, November 16, 2008
Interesting article in the SF Chronicle last Friday.
We are reaching the tipping point soon regarding consumer interest in organic, and to a much lesser extent, biodynamic grapegrowing.
The above article does a pretty good job at breaking down the basics between 'sustainable' , organic and biodynamic practices , as they relate to grapegrowing and winemaking.
Wow, we will have our work cut out for us since most consumers still say they feel confused and undereducated about wine in general. Now we are bringing in all this rigamorale about chemical free grape growing and no added sulfites.
If you only get one thing from this blog post, let it be this: sustainable does not mean grapes are chemical free. Only organically or biodynamically grown grapes are free of chemical based pesticides, fungicides, etc.
I am not discounting wineries that are making admirable changes that will have wonderful environmental effects for all of us.
But savvy consumers are starting to ask, if they are buying organic milk and salad leaves, why keep drinking wines made from chemically sprayed grapes?
I had a beauty of an example this week.
Domaine Fery Bourgogne Aligote 2006
Aligote is another white grape grown in Burgundy. This one had a light yellow color with great clarity. Liquid sunshine in a bottle with pear aromas and bright citrus flavors.
Imported by the famous Kermit Lynch and yes, made with organic grapes.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 11:20 AM