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
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.
Available as a set from Leicestershire-based fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines, these two wines are a great combination for late summer drinking and enjoying.
“Delightfully well rounded”
If ever a wine cried out to be described as delightfully well rounded, it would have to be this one, available at Leicestershire fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines. Why? Because it hits your taste buds with a robustly fruity mouthful right from the first sip. All that fruit-laden flavour is perfectly matched with spices and beautifully balanced with good acidity. We’re also talking well rounded because the Wishbone Shiraz.Grenache accomplishes something very special. Not only does it bring together juicy plum and raspberry on the palate, but it also draws in black cherry and a subtle, but clearly defined note of creamy oak. But don’t mistake well rounded for overwhelming. We also think it’s well rounded because, being medium to full bodied, it is the perfect companion for the fun of a late summer barbecue or the delights of a special get together á deux. Even better, it’s available with local delivery for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
This wine’s undeniably mouthwatering presence comes courtesy of a highly successful combination of Grenache(Garnacha) and Syrah(Shiraz). You could describe this marriage of grapes as the perfect match, making it the definition of well rounded! It’s a wine which has rightfully won a name for itself. Fruity, well rounded, delicious – call it what you like. But you won’t want to buy it just the once.
Wishbone Shiraz.Grenache, Barossa 2009 is available in 12 bottle cases from fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines, with local delivery for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
“A distinctive presence”
We couldn’t let our magpie eye overlook this wine, available from Leicestershire-based fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines. It certainly stands up to scrutiny, thanks to a distinctive presence which brings dry, crisp and tangy together in a compelling mix. But there’s even more to this wine than meets our demanding eye. Enjoy the fruits of the labours of its Australian creators who have brilliantly brought together the subtle smokey Semillon with the fulsomely tangy and citrus-laden Sauvignon.
This clever combination is the perfect marriage of flavour and nose, creating a wine which is both delightfully well balanced and interesting to drink. The expressions of the Barossa really do shine in this wonderful wine. It somehow manages to be both modest and impressive at the same time, something you can’t fail to notice whether you’re enjoying a glass at home or sharing a bottle with friends. There are plenty of white wines out there, but very few which so lastingly win over the palate. This is a great choice for anyone with an eye for a great (and great value) wine.
Wishbone, Sem/Sauv, The Magpie Estate, Barossa 2010 is available in 12 bottle cases from fine wine merchants, Philip Pruden Wines, with local delivery for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
With the summer just around the corner, it’s time to dust off your warm weather clothes, fire up the barbecue and invite your friends around to enjoy the sunshine.
While you may have some speciality recipes up your sleeve, we can provide the perfect wine for your summer bash. Montresor have been producing superb wines in Verona for over a century, and their Rosé Royal is our favourite tipple for the summer months. Here are five reasons why you’ll love it too.
1. It is perfect for a warm summers day
There’s nothing more refreshing on a summer afternoon or evening than a crisp glass of chilled wine. This superb rosé is designed to be served at between 4 and 6 degrees centigrade and corked at the moment of consumption.
So, chill the bottle, keep it cold in a bucket of ice and let your guests enjoy a glass of this brilliant Italian wine.
2. It is perfect with steak and seafood
One of the great advantages of rosé wines is that they can be extremely food-friendly. And, this Montresor Rosé Royal is no exception.
If you’re thinking of firing up the barbecue at your summer party, this rose can handle both the surf and the turf. It goes superbly with steak but comes into its own when served with seafood. Throw some king prawns or red snapper on your barbecue and serve this lovely sparkling rosé wine as your accompaniment. Perfect.
3. It is great value for money
This long established Veronese family company, headed by Giorgio Montresor, has consistently produced wines which rival the offerings of some of Veneto’s more fashionable names. The estate wines, from 100 acres of vineyards in Valpolicella and Garda, continue to offer remarkable value for money.
At under £10 per bottle, this Montresor Rosé Royal is a mellow and full flavoured wine at a superb price.
4. It is simply a superb wine
Whether your party involves a couple of neighbours or a garden full of friends and family, one of the best reasons to serve this fine Rosé from Giorgio Montresor is that it is simply a great example of how a fine Rosé should taste.
Rich toasty aromas of bread mingle with flower blossom, ripe apples and luscious cherries. Boasting subtle and persistent bubbles, this wine has an elegant palate and finishes with good length. It’s exactly what you’d expect from this fine producer with over a hundred years of winemaking experience.
5. We’ll deliver it free up to 30 miles
If you live in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland or Lincolnshire, you can buy this great Montresor Rosé and we’ll deliver it free. Our free delivery service covers these four counties and so we can ensure you’ve all the superb wine you need for your summer party – and you won’t pay us a penny for delivery.
So, whether you’re planning a summer barbecue or a family get together, order a case of this superb Rosé today.
It’s never been easier to get a great deal online. A recent survey from Nielsen found that 97 per cent of Brits with internet access have used the web for online shopping. Buying goods and services on the web is convenient, simple and can help you save money.
In the run-up to Christmas, Philip Pruden Wines have come up with a great way to help you keep track with all their news and offers as well as helping you to save money on your wine over the festive period. Keep reading to learn more about this great deal.
Special offers exclusively for Philip Pruden Wines Facebook friends
Facebook is an internet phenomenon. The site has 800 million registered users with the numbers rising on a daily basis and, if it were a country, Facebook would be the third most populous nation on earth.
As well as keeping in touch with friends and family, Facebook is also a great way to keep yourself up to date with offers and news from your favourite wine retailers. Now, Philip Pruden Wines have come up with a way of helping you stay abreast of all their latest news as well as letting you save money on your wine purchases.
By liking the Philip Pruden Wines Facebook page, you can benefit from some terrific offers on some of the company’s best and most popular wines.
Philip Pruden explains: “Our Facebook page has been really helpful in helping us keep in touch with our customers. They have told us how much they enjoy being kept in touch with our news and latest offers and as a ‘thank you’ we now have a range of terrific offers for our Facebook friends.”
Four terrific wines included in Facebook offer
There are three terrific wines that are on special offer as part of the Philip Pruden Wines Facebook deal. These are a terrific South African Sauvignon Blanc, a lovely sparkling rose from Italy and a great red from the bodegas Pinna Fidelis in Spain.
The Facebook offer can save you between 60p and £1 per bottle on these three lovely wines. Or, why not accompany your festive celebrations with a mixed case of twelve bottles of these great wines for just £250?
All you have to do to benefit from this great winter offer is to head to the Philip Pruden Wines on Facebook and ‘like’ the page. You’ll also benefit from free delivery across Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
Philip Pruden added: “These three great wines are perfect for the coming weeks and we’re delighted to be able to offer them at a special price to our Facebook friends. We look forward to all our customers joining our Facebook group and taking advantage of these brilliant deals.”