The Best Organic and Biodynamic Wines to Try in 2019
- Drink to good times with these delicious wines all made with organic grapes
- Why Drink Organic Wine?
- How to Develop your Palate
- Shopping Tips for Quality Organic Wines
- 12 of Our Top Organic & Biodynamic Wines of 2019
The organic advocate Organic Authority has come up with a list of 126 Organic & Biodynamic Wines to Try in 2019, including several of our Organic and Biodynamic wines from family produced winery partners. Following are a few excerpts from the article, and the entire story can be found here.
Drink to good times with these delicious wines all made with organic grapes
Whether you prefer an elegant white wine with a flirty spring flower aroma or old world reds with plum and cherry notes, this list of wines – all made with organic grapes – and tasting guide introduces you to a world of delicious organic and Biodynamic wine for every budget.
Why Drink Organic Wine?
Today the answer is for taste!
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village sommelier David Gary explains that “consumers today are drinking less but better. They understand that organically farmed foods are better tasting and better for you. And wine… is food.”…
Kerin O’Keefe, author and Italian Editor of Wine Enthusiast adds, “Organic wines have come a long way in terms of quality and volume in just the last several years as more and more people are looking for organic wines to fit their lifestyle.”
It’s not only our health that’s at stake but also the wellbeing of the earth and the farmworkers who harvest the grapes. When we drink wine made with organic grapes – we can truly toast to our health…
How to Develop your Palate
The love of wine opens doors to an adventure for the senses. What better way to experience terroir than to travel to the land where the wine is from? Imagine sitting under a cherry tree with glistening views of Lake Geneva as you enjoy a bottle of Chasselas – a light and crisp white wine from Lavaux, Switzerland. Or a Bordeaux blend in France, Porto in Portugal, Malbec in Chile, and Verdejo in Spain? Wine travel blends scenic destinations with unique adventures that you don’t experience anywhere else in the world.
Or let wine travel to you. Organic, natural, and raw wine tasting events are a great way to develop your palate. Boutique local wine stores host tastings where you can sample a flight and mingle the night away. Learn the names of the qualities you enjoy in wine, like elegant, minerality, silky or fruity. That way at restaurants and wine shops you can guide the sommelier to suggest wines based on your unique taste.
Shopping Tips for Quality Organic Wines
Do you want to start an organic wine collection? Here are a few tips from the experts.
1. Just because a wine didn’t win awards doesn’t mean you won’t love it. Many small producers choose not to enter wine competitions to keep costs down.
2. Organic labeling can be confusing – especially when it comes to countries with complicated governments. Robert Kelly of Dark Star Imports explains the Vino Libro certification in Italy. He says, “Wines are made in the same way as organic wines but the winemakers have chosen to forgo the process of organic certification and instead have opted to band together and create a certification of their own without government intervention.”
3. The best value isn’t always at the grocery store. Brianne Cohen, wine educator and writer explains, “One would assume that the lower the cost of a bottle of wine, the lower the quality. That’s not always true! Most wine found on the middle shelves of the grocery stores fall into the $8-$15 range. These wines are generally domestic, mass-produced, and heavily manipulated. Instead, explore honest, regional wines from outside of the US and outside of the grocery store. In wine shops, incredible values at (or under) $15 can be found in wines from Argentina (Malbec), Spain (try an Albariño or Verdejo as an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc), or Portugal for incredible reds made from indigenous varieties that can rival Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.”
4. Consider investing more per bottle for hand harvesting. Ed Field, owner of Natural Merchants, Inc. explains that “the differences in prices, in our case, are the costs of production and logistics. Some higher-end wines are hand-harvested, from low-yielding older vines or smaller, exclusive plots, with oak aging and costly facilities in some of the most expensive wine growing regions in the world.”
12 of Our Top Organic & Biodynamic Wines of 2019
We are honored to have 12 of our Organic & Biodynamic Wines Featured on the 2019 List. All are Made with 100% Organic Grapes and are Vegan. All are available for sale at fine retailers and restaurants nationwide.
Granza Verdejo, 100% Verdejo, Rueda, Spain, 2017, $12
Koyle Costa La Flor Sauvignon Blanc, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley, Chile, 2018 $16.99-Biodynamic
Biokult Gruner Veltliner, 100% Gruner Veltliner, Niederösterreich, Austria, 2017 $14.99
Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, Los Lingues, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2016, $25-Biodynamic
Parco Naturale Red Blend, 34% Aglianico, 33% Nero di Troia, 33%-Biodynamic
Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux, 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, AOC Bordeaux, 2016 $14
Koyle Gran Reserva Carmenere, 85% Carmenere, 10% Tempranillo, 5% Petit Verdot, Los Lingues, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2016 $17-Biodynamic
Inkarri Estate Bottled Bonarda, 100% Bonarda, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2017, $14-Biodynamic
Tarantas Tempranillo Crianza, 100% Tempranillo, DO Valencia, Spain, 2015 $11
En Memoire du Malbec, 100% Malbec, AOC Bordeaux, 2016 $15
Pizzolato Fields Prosecco, 100% Glera, DOC Prosecco, Veneto, Italy, 2017 $13
Pizzolato “Paloma Rose” Secco, 95% Glera, 5% Raboso, Veneto, Italy, 2017 $16