Organic wine? here is a good one

Today I am going to tell you about a very good organic wine at a reasonable price. Does this announcement make some of you want to run away?

Organic foods and drinks, it seems, are controversial. I have friends who swear by organic and rarely buy anything else; friends who think it’s a waste of money and a scam, and probably the biggest bunch, those in the middle who buy organic but don’t care about others.

And then there’s organic wine, like today’s delicious star product, Famille Perrin 2018 “Nature” Côtes du Rhône.

I usually fall into the middle group, with a lean towards the organic where it seems to matter. I am a strong advocate of organic dairy products, for example, based on my understanding that recombinant bovine growth hormone and antibiotics can be found in milk and non-organic dairy products. Ick. Plus, organic European butter is delicious. Give me my Kerrygold!

A beautiful bunch of ripe organic grapes, pictured in The Drinks Business.

Fruits and vegetables? It varies. When I think of the clouds of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides that bathe conventional farmland, I would go organic all the time. But from a practical standpoint, organic matter is more important for some products than for others. Does the product have a hard skin that is cut off before you eat it? Or are you biting directly into the exposed surface? These things are important, and the Environmental working group (EWG).

EWG’s Dirty 12 ™ 2020 lists strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.

Wait! Did i just say Grapes? Why, yes, I did. “The conventional grape samples tested by the EWG contained an average of five different pesticide residues” Eat well reported. “Over 96 percent of all samples contained traceable pesticide residues. “

So now we come to the question that brings us here: does organic wine matter? With the caveat that I don’t buy organic wine all of the time, or even most of the time myself, I feel good when I do.

In an interview with Food networks Healthy eating, Scott Pactor, owner of the Wine & Spirits Appellation, explained that organic grapes are necessarily washed before fermentation begins, so you can’t get any chemical residue on the grapes. Studies have been carried out and wines from organic farming have much less residue than those from conventional farming. You can correlate whether organic wine is healthier for you. The safety of farm workers and the health of the soil are also factors, Pactor said.

In the same article, New York sommelier Joe Campanale said, “I think organic wines are better for the planet, better for you, and can taste more distinctive… but with one big caveat: all wines organic are not great. You must always be a very talented and hardworking winemaker and winemaker who has a very sweet touch in the cellar. … Most of the wines we serve in restaurants are organic. I spend a lot of time tasting, always trying to find the best in each category. Often it turns out that the best wine is either organic or made in a very sustainable way.

Sales and production statistics suggest that the organic wine market is growing, but only a small factor remains in global wine production. Report from Australia, The Guardian observed: “… According to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine enthusiasts, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014. “

The organic niche continues to grow, The Beverage Business found in 2019: “Nearly a billion bottles of organic wine should be consumed worldwide by 2023, revealed a new study, ie more than double the 441 million bottles recorded in 2013.… In 2018, organic wine represented 2.6% of world wine. consumption, and this should reach 3.5% by 2023. In 2013, it represented only 1.5%.

Forget the statistics. I am happy to let the wine testify. And the Famille Perrin 2018 “Nature” Côtes du Rhône I mentioned above made its own strong case. Certified organic by Ecocert, it is a product of the Perrin family, producers of the legendary Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pâpe, who has been practicing organic farming for 40 years. The “Nature” bottling is entirely organic as the name suggests, and a delicious wine at a very fair price. It is highly recommended. Below are my tasting notes.

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Famille Perrin 2018 Côtes du Rhône “Nature” ($ 12.99)

Perrin "Nature"

This wine has a nice garnet color, limpid and quite dark. Good open scents of ripe raspberries and raspberry liqueur and a subtle hint of licorice lead to a fresh and bright flavor of red and black berries and a dash of white pepper, framed by mouth-watering acidity and soft but noticeable tannins. . It is a blend of 14.1% Grenache and Syrah alcohol from certified organic grapes, aged for one year with 75% of the wine in stainless steel, the remaining 25% in oak barrels. US importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, Ala. (October 28, 2020)

FOOD CORRESPONDENCE: This versatile wine will pair well with red meat or grilled or roasted chicken, cheeses or creamy pasta. It was excellent with a take out dinner at a local restaurant. Our dishes included a melted burger patty, creamy veggie macaroni with cheese, and breaded and fried portabello mushroom strips.

WHEN TO DRINK: Don’t try to keep it in the cellar for a long time, but it is a delight now and it will probably stay that way for a few years.

I actually squeaked in a dollar below Average US $ 14 Retail Sale of It’s a good deal below my mid teens, and I would even pay a few bucks more if I had to.

Here is an information sheet in English of the Perrin Family.

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