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Is Your Wine Hurting You and the Environment?

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Have you ever considered that drinking a glass of your normal red, white or rose is damaging you, your taste buds and the environment? If not, perhaps it’s time you should join millions of wine drinkers who are turning to organic wines.

Organic wine production and sales have increased significantly over recent years. But, what is organic wine? Why is it better than traditional wine? And, which organic wines should you try? Here we answer all these questions.

What is organic wine?

The definition of ‘organic wine’ varies from country to country. However, in simple terms, it is wine produced from 100% organically grown grapes by use of organic wine making processes.

Organically grown grapes are farmed without the use of fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides or other synthetic chemicals. Organic wine making also outlaws any chemical additives, with the exception of minimal sulphur dioxide (a preservative). Instead, organic farmers use compost, pesticides and herbicides made from natural sources.

There are lots of great reasons why you should consider organic wines. Next, we outline the main three.

3 reasons it’s better than normal wine

Firstly, organic wine making helps protect the environment. It reduces the impact of agriculture on the environment by eliminating the use of harmful chemicals and improving animal welfare. It also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions through avoiding nitrogen fertiliser.

Secondly, organic wine can taste better. The natural fertility and health of the soil is maintained and this untainted soil can greatly enhance the flavour of the grapes. Organic wine making produces wines which are pure, distinctive and more representative of their terroir (where they are grown).

Thirdly, there is growing evidence that organic food and drinks are better for you. Their nutritional value is higher and they are less likely to cause problems such as allergies.

So, organic wines are tastier, better for the planet and better for you. But what wines should you buy? Keep reading to find out.

5 great organic wines to try

ch de la mirande picpoul de pinet 2010Domaine Pajot Quares Cepages Gascogne 2010Adobe Sauvignon blanc Emiliana Chile 2011Merlot Adobe Chile 2010Buenas Ondas Syrah Rose Argentina 2009

Organic wines are becoming increasingly popular. Sales of organic wine rose by 11% between 2011 and 2011 and reports suggest organic wines now account for just over a third of French wine exports.

If you’re looking for a place to start, you should consider our Chateau de la Mirande, Picpoul de Pinet 2010. With flavours of yellow plum and pepper, this lovely white is perfect with oysters or crab linguine. Or try our lovely Domaine de Pajot with its blend of citrusy fruit or our organic Chilean Adobe Sauvignon Blanc.

If you prefer a red, our organic Adobe Merlot from Chile has red fruit aromas and touches of toast, vanilla and cocoa. And for rosé lovers, our Buenas Ondas Syrah Rose from Argentina has terrific fruit concentration with redcurrant and strawberry.

If you’ve not tried organic wine, you don’t know what you’re missing. Order your case today on (01476) 860257 and get free delivery of wine in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire.

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