While scanning all the bottles in the wine section of your wine store, have you ever thought about getting green wine? No, it’s not an additional color to consider other than the familiar red, white and blush. We’re talking planet friendly green wine here or organic wine. More restaurants today are offering a wine list with a great selection of organic wine. In fact, they often have someone at the restaurant that has the wine knowledge to share with you about green wine. They can give you advice about what organic wine you should drink with your meal. This is a great place to try or learn about organic wine.
But what do you you do when you go through the organic wine section at the store? Who will help you find out what each label description actually means? As a Wine Beginner Wine Blog reader you will have the simple wine information needed and hopefully there is some halfway intelligent wine makers note on the back wine label.
What is a Organic Wine?
One bottle says that its contents are made from organic grapes; another bottle says that it’s contents are biodynamic; another one yet claims to be sustainable and organic. And of course, not to leave out the very reason you’re here, how do you find know how to judge a organic wine for taste before you buy it?
In America, wine makers don’t get to claim the organic wine label unless they really qualify. And there are strict rules. But adhering to strict rules is not the way wine makers have learned to make fine wine.
Because of these rules more often than not, makes good tasting organic wine is hard to find.
Organic Wine or Organic Grapes – what is the difference?
If you could abandon your quest for a pure organic wine and go instead after one that’s made from organic grapes, you will be far better off. These products may not be completely 100% organic; but they are nearly so. The organic grapes are grown without pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.
The organic grapes are grown in a way so that they are good for the environment, and so on. In fact, many wine makers shy away from using the organic wine label because they know that to wine lovers, this simple wine term is practically synonymous with an unpalatable product.
A true 100% organic wine requires a process that involves no preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers or chemical cleansers. This makes the process more difficult for the wine maker and shortens the shelf life of the wine.
Cleaner and preservative like sulfur dioxide are important to the taste of the wine as we know it. Sulfur dioxide is used to clean equipment such as steel tanks and wood barrels and acts as a good preservative.
Wine that is made of organically grown wine grapes does need to have a preservative. One reason it tastes good is that the sulfur dioxide keeps the wine tasting consistent through its time on the shelf.
The problem with trying to go 100% organic wine of course, is that there isn’t any gold standard – no seal of authority that you can simply look at to know what you’re buying.
Usually, you have to read everything on the label to find out how it’s made. If it does not say 100% grown organic grapes on the wine labels, don’t buy it.
I choose wine made from 100% grown organic grapes and I don’t worry about the rest of the process. If the wine maker went through the trouble of growing his/her grapes organically then he/she will not be putting all kinds of chemicals into the wine.The sulfur dioxide preservative is a natural bi-product of the wine and it doesn’t bother me. Some people have a problem with it and should look for No Sulfite Added wines (NSA wines) which will not have any additional sulfite added.
You will find that your choice to stick with just grown organic grapes will keep you interested and limit your disappointment in organic wine as it is a far superior product.
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