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Organic Wine: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Vineyards Featured

Organic wines can be both fine and eco-friendly Organic wines can be both fine and eco-friendly

If you’re like me, you are trying to find a way to navigate “organic- fatigue.” Does everything need to be organic all the time? If so, unless I’ve met the farmer and have been on the farm, how can I even trust that my food was grown or raised well? And what about the cost? When you are at the market dutifully buying your organic fruit and veggies and see your inflated receipt as you walk out of the store, do you feel like someone is yanking your chain?

Many vineyards engage in being fully green with wind turbine power, extensive recycling programs and more.

For a while I was feeling like it’s impossible to consume the right food and drink for a healthy body and mind, perhaps I should give it all up and live off of fast food and PBR. Recently though, I have discovered a once lost exuberance for pursuing a life of green living thanks to a new found passion for organic wine. I’ve delved back into the adventure of living organic, and with a glass of wine in hand, it’s all the more enjoyable.


Here’s your primer on organic wines, made brief in order to get a glass in your hand as soon as possible.

What is organic wine?

To bear the USDA organic seal, a wine must be made from organically grown grapes, cannot have added sulfites, and the naturally occurring sulfites must be less than 20 parts per million. The sulfite issue is a hot topic, as sulfites occur naturally in wine and their addition allows for a wine to be preserved and age. Without sulfites, there is an occasional “off” bottle of wine. But don’t be dissuaded. Organic wine is worth the extra care.

Many vineyards engage in being fully green with wind turbine power, extensive recycling programs and more. The downside of a bad glass of wine here and there exists, but the upside of connecting with a pure and true glass of wine straight from a loving vineyard is unbeatable, and best of all – no hangover!

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