Wine, I believe, is magic. It has the power to capture moments, thoughts, memories, and promises of joy, in one single bottle. The promise of it at the end of a long day can make everything seem so worth it. Whether wine-ing alone, or with friends, when it slushes around in our mouths and down our throats, what it does to our taste buds and our senses, is a simple divinity only the wine inclined can understand.
Now, imagine placing the word “organic” just before this great love of ours. Glasses may retract, taste buds curl upwards, and bottles, might remain uncorked.
Organic seems boring, unromantic, green, and environmentally friendly. How can wine, that is oh so seductive, daring, selective and exciting, become safe and a friend of the environment? We ask.
But a look on the bright side; and yes, there is a bright side. What if this makes our one love, even that, much more special? What if this gives that one hunk of a bad boy an edge and turns the seductive flirt of the night into the ideal girl next door? Well, that’s worth a thought. Because if there’s anything, that’s one thing organic wine is – special. With the amount of thought and work that goes into its production, it can’t be anything but special. It’s different, it stands out, and it provides something that every other conventional wine out there cannot, a breath of fresh air.
The topic of organic wine though not extremely popular, is growing worldwide. Day by the day, it is increasingly becoming the wine of choice among certain wine enthusiasts.
As the name implies, organic wines are wines that are produced from grapes that have been grown organically, or according to the laws of organic farming. This means that artificial fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and preservatives haven’t been included in the production or bottling of these wines.
This makes for a more unconventional drink that is naked of all pretense and vanity. Much like a woman without make-up.
Some people however believe that organic wine is getting an unnecessary hype, but there are those who feel that going organic is as important as wanting to breathe cleaner air or eat healthier organic food.
Pros and Cons Organic Wines
And just like everything in life, there are pros and cons to the production and consumption of organic wines.
- Organic wine is special. And who doesn’t want something special? A lot of work and thought goes into the production of an organic wine, and it is as naked as can be, baring its soul and the essence of every single grape.
- Organic farming, which is used when growing the grapes, is better for the environment and for future use of the land.
- Organic wine is more expensive than its conventional counterparts. In other words, if you want a leaner wine, you’re going to need a fatter wallet.
- Grapes are a very delicate fruit and growing them without the assistance of the usual chemicals to keep them from contamination is arduous work for the farmers. Which is one of the reasons why organic wine isn’t as popular yet in everyday markets.
- Because only trace amounts (usually natural occurring) of sulfites are allowed in organic wine, it doesn’t age well and so cannot retain freshness of taste after a day of being opened.
Yes, it’s great, it’s special, it’s a breath of fresh air, but nothing is perfect, no?
Below Is My Well Thought out List of Top 50 Organic Wines for You to Enjoy.
- Naked Merlot – top rated and affordable too.
- Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah – has been described as rich and elegant.
- Blanchard Pineau des Charentes NV–versatile and refreshing; classic and French.
- De Loach Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosè – pleasant to the palate, very sweet and fruity.
- Clos LapeyreJurançonMoelleux – This wine has got a very strong character.
- Yellow + Blue–pleasant, yet complex to the taste.
- BaronePizziniFranciacorta Rose – pleasantly mature with notes of dried fruit.
- Lapostolle–world class, and intensely flavored.
- Balance by Heath Dolan 2009 Red Field Blend – intense with aromas of cherry, marcona almonds, blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee, plums, and blueberries.
- Casa LlurchVerdil – an obscure grape making for top-notch wine.
- Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir – with mushroom and dark fruit, it is concentrated and precise.
- The Vegan Vine Red Wines – burst of fruity flavors, but also a dose of acidity.
- Frey Vineyards Natural Red – well balanced and smooth, well suited for everyday use.
- Santa Julia Organic Malbec–well balanced acidity with hints of various ripe fruits.
- BioKult 2010 RoséNiederösterreich, Austria – crisp and tangy with aromas of strawberry and buttercream. Mouthwatering sparkling wine.
- Nativa Terra ReservaCarmenère – with soft tannins, it pairs well with a good meal, and is cool enough to drink on its own.
- Benziger 2011 Joaquin’s Inferno Sonoma mountain – with constantly changing aromas, this has flavors of boysenberry, red mulberry, and huckleberry.
- EmilianaOrgánico – this is about the leading organic wine in Chile.
- Famille Perrin 2011 Nature Côtes du Rhône – with peppery spices and bitter chocolate on the finish, this drink is well made with a variety of dark fruit flavors, but best drunk in its first year of life.
- Hall Wines Cabernet Sauvignon – a bouquet of dark fruit with beautiful flavors of jam, plum, brown spices, and mocha.
- Gérard Bertrand 2010 Cigalus Languedoc-Roussillon, France – a variety of black fruit flavors and supple tannins farmed on the beautiful Cigalus estate.
- Bonterra Organic Zinfandel, California–with spicy berry fruits, this is an elegant and classy Zinfandel.
- Parducci Sustainable Red Wine – has been described to have spicy complexities as well as berry fruit flavors. This is an easy smooth-drinking wine.
- Auriga Wine Cellars 2010 Sangiovese El dorado, California –characterized by flavors of black stone fruit and dark cherries, the use of oak produces richer flavors from the grapes.
- SO Organic South African Fairtrade Cabernet Sauvignon NV – has been described as deliciously drinkable red wine, as well as affordable.
- Királyudvar 2007 TokajiCuvéeIlonaTokaj-Hegyalja – with well-balanced acidity and sugar, this wine composed of 30 percent Harslevelu and 70 percent Furmint, boasts a variety of flavors with a touch of spice.
- CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon–has been described as smooth and approachable, yet full-bodied and fruity flavored.
- Château de Lagarde 2009 Bordeaux Blanc – with a nose of peach and tangy lemon, this white wine of 60 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 40 percent Semillon possesses flavors of soft minerals and tart lime.
- Yalumba Organic Viognier – has been described as the white wine for people who prefer red. What a balance. J
- Frog’s leap 2010 Sauvignon Blanc – a complex wine with a variety of flavors. Pineapple, cherimoya, melon, and the acidity of pink grapefruit.
- Silver Thread 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling – sweet wine with flavors of peach and apricot as well as lime which brings a balance to its sweetness.
- Chateau Gaillard Touraine Sauvignon Blanc – crisp acidity with flavors of grapefruit. Also good to note that it is pocket friendly. J
- Les Hauts de Lagarde 2010 Rouge – produced in France with 13% alcohol, this lean wine has flavors of blackcurrant with a touch of green bell pepper.
- SokolBlosser 2012 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – with complex undertones of earth and mineral, this popular wine of SokolBlosser, bursts with flavors of fig, citrus, apple and spice.
- Lolonis 2005 Orpheus Petite Sirah – an American organic, this masculine wine is rich and meaty with tobacco, black fruit, and spicy flavors.
- Our Daily Red – tight flavors of Mendocino grapes, this wine is a blend of Carignan, Fresno Syrah, and Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Spottswoode 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – with dark fruit fruit flavors layered with rose petals, mocha and licorice, this wine is one of Napa Valley’s finest reds.
- Santa Julia 2012 Chardonnay Orgánica Mendoza – produced in Argentina, this medium-bodied white wine offers flavors of banana, apple, pear and pineapple.
- Quivira 2009 Grenache – with red berries, spice, cranberry and Grenache red hard candy on the nose, this elegant wine has good structure and flavors of red fruit in the mouth.
- Napa Valley Naturals–delicious flavors.
- Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 Latigo – featuring flavors of blackcurrants, caramel, black cherry and damson plum, this wine is smooth and not too strong.
- Madroña 2011 Signature Collection Dry Riesling – with a clean finish, this dry Riesling features flavors of mineral and crisp citrus, with aromas of apple and honey.
- Ceago 2005 Soul of Syrah – rich and sweet dessert wine, this Syrah base wine offers flavors of blackberry and cherry with chocolate on the finish.
- Trader Joe’s
- Spartico of Spain
- DomaineCarneros 2009 Brut Vintage CuvéeCarneros
- Korbel Organic Brut
- Stellar organics Sparkling Extra Dry
- Marie Lapierre chateau Cambon Beaujolais
- Terres des Chandons Chardon Marie Costieres de Nimes, Red, France.
Tasted an organic wine lately? Tell us your experience. Haven’t tasted any yet? Why not try out any of the above listed organic wines?