The organic foods market is growing and showing no signs of slowing as more and more of us want to feel good about what we are putting in our bodies. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of problems associated with conventional farming and many of us want to avoid things like harmful chemicals from pesticides and herbicides. Grapes just so happen to be one of the most sprayed crops in the world and much of the pesticidal chemicals that soak into the fruit inevitably end up in your glass.
FM recommends: La Biancara Masieri Rosso 2014 Italy | Fresh red wine with aromas of violets
Wineries that produce certified organic wine cannot use toxic pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers to grow grapes. Certified organic wine doesn’t use any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or added sulphites. Wine is one of humanity’s oldest beverages, and it just makes sense to opt for organic. After all, as with practically all foods, wine was originally organic until we started to spray toxic chemicals on everything. Drinking organic wine might be a great way to return to a more harmonious relationship with the planet while also gaining a higher quality and healthier drinking experience in the process. As a bonus, organic wines are competitively prices with conventional wines.
FM recommends: Ferme St. Martin Ventoux Gerine Rhone France | Organic red wine. French blend of Grenache & Carignan. Wine is garnet red
We know that drinking red wine in moderation is linked with a long list of happy health benefits ranging from cancer fighting properties to lowering blood pressure to slowing the ageing process. With organic wine you can drink in all of these benefits and rest easy that they won’t be cancelled out by added sulphites (one of the main culprits behind hangovers) and pesticides used in conventional winemaking.On top of this, a recent study in California, published online Aug. 2 in the American Journal of Wine Economics which used professional ratings of more than 70,000 Californian wines found that the organic wines sampled really did taste better, with the eco-friendlier labels receiving an average rating bump of 5.6 points.
FM recommends: Jane Ventura Blanc Seleccio 2015 Penedes Spain | This Spanish white wine is yellow straw in colour. Aromas of white fruits & citrus
At the moment, many traditional retailers offer a disappointingly small selection but we hope this will change. The UK’s first wine club dedicated to organic wine, The Organic Wine Club, offers a great range of delicious wines to suit your lifestyle and tastes, with choices including vegan biodynamic, sulphite-free, and even local British organic wines.
FM recommends: Fatalone Primitivo Gioia del Colle Puglia Italy | Delicious Italian organic red wine made of Primitivo in Puglia. Intense. Berries & black cherry
FM recommends: Sedilesu Cannonau Sartiu 2012 Sardinia Italy | Superb Italian red wine. Organic wine from Sardinia. Fruity & delicious red wine
FM recommends: Anjou Blanc Sec 2014 Domaine du Fresche Pommeraye France
Domaine du Fresche has been in the hands of the Bore family for six generations. In 1989 current incumbent Alain Bore at just 20 years of age took over the running of the estate. Its 30 hectares of vines were certified organic from the 2004 vintage. Made from the Chenin Blanc grape variety Alain plants a cover crop along with spur pruning and bunch thinning. His low yields makes for ripe and healthy grapes.
FM recommends: S 2014 Sao del Coster Priorat Spain | Delicious Spanish red wine from Priorat. Full of dark fruit flavours
FM recommends: Introductory Case of 12 Organic Wines (mixed) | Delicious case of 12 organic wines. This is the best wine deal on organic red
By Fiona Feeney ©FM