Unlike the confusing and arbitrary definition of the USDA, I include all wines made from organic grapes as organic, despite their levels of added sulfites.
Three Good Reasons to Buy Organic Wine
1)Nowadays nobody wants to eat fruit that has been sprayed with toxic chemicals. We might do it anyway occasionally out of laziness or a misguided sense of thrift, but people generally would prefer their fruit without the chemicals. Why should wine grapes be any different?
2)These winemakers have grown or purchased the most pristine grapes available. This level of attention and care will be evident in the wine.
3)No toxic chemical runoff into the surrounding soil, groundwater supply or local rivers/streams.
Three Good Organic Wines to Buy
Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2008 $13
Bright fresh citrus aromas, more white grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors follow. Crowd pleaser. Perfect with pan fried fish and avocado salad.
Ca del Solo Sangiovese 2006 $14
Full of dark plums and brambly berry fruit flavors. Wonderful acidity keeps it light and bright. Drink it with grilled lamb sausages and summer veggie skewers.
Grgich Hills Estates Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 $60
Dark purple color. Aromas of cocoa powder and vanillan oak. Big flavors of spicy plum pudding, blackberries and dark chocolate. A winning wine with short ribs.