Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Organic Wines

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Organic wine is growing ever popular with casual wine drinkers and enthusiasts alike. These are wines made
with grapes that are grown in accordance with the principles of organic farming. This means there are no nasty chemicals used such as pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, and herbicides, instead using natural ways to prevent such problems for ruining the crop.

The classification of organic wine can however vary from country to country so upon buying your wine, it should be taken into consideration where you are buying this from. Biodiversity in the wine’s environment encourages optimum levels of minerals in the soil as a result of staying close to the conditions that grapes evolved to grow in.

The healthy vines are more disease resistant and produce a better and more natural end product. Instead of using chemical pesticides to kill insects other methods are put into play, for example in California plum trees are planted in organic vineyards, these tempting plums attract Anagrus wasps which eat leafhoppers, which would otherwise have a go at the grapes thus providing a natural means for pest control.

Biodegradable alternatives to conventional pesticides are sometimes utilised which do not harm the plant or the soil, but this is only used if necessary and as the name say they do not leave any residue and fade over time without a trace.

When you buy Organic wines, check to see that they are certified by doing a quick bit of homework, and then give it a try to see if you can taste the difference yourself. Some people swear by Organic wine and won’t think about touching anything else.

Recommended choices of organic red wines include Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah, Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir, and Nativa Terra Reserva Carmenere, but have a look around as there are many to taste and enjoy.

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