Organic wine? taste them at several free PLCB tastings this weekend



Penns Woods Vineyard

Penns Woods Winery in Chaddsford, half a mile north of the Pennsylvania-Delaware line off Route 202, will be one of the most active regional wineries during Philly Wine Week, which runs April 3-10. The central event is a blind tasting of Pennsylvania wines at Panorama from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 6. Check out for details and tickets.


Organic wines are the big players this weekend as the region’s Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores hold their weekly free tastings.

Lemoyne’s store at West Shore Plaza and York Marketplace will both have organic wines for their free pourings. Here’s a bit of background, by Kirt Heintzelman in Lemoyne.

“The rise of organic wines may seem trendy, but it is actually based on the most traditional wine-growing practices. The main tenant of organic viticulture is for us natural alternatives at every stage of wine production. In the vines, industrial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are replaced. by composting, planting cover crops and using natural insect repellents.Organic viticulture continues with only natural additives used to vinify and process the wine.


  • The production of organic wine is subject to strict regulations set by government agencies such as the USDA and the European Union.
  • In the United States, there are three types of organic wines, 100% organic, organic, and made with organic ingredients.


  • It must contain 100% organically produced ingredients and have been processed using organically produced processing aids, plus added water and salt.
  • This wine may not have added sulphites. May bear the USDA organic seal and / or certification agent.
  • Biological:
  • Made with organic grapes:

Since it takes years and money to get organic certification, many growers use the term sustainable during the conversion process.

Global area of ​​certified organic or biodynamic grapes:
1999: 0.5 to 0.75%
2007: 2%
2013: 5%

Austria: 9.2% (2012) [Highest percentage of organic vineyards]
Italy: 8% (2011)
New Zealand: 7.6% (2012)
France: 7.4% (2012)
Germany: 5.6% (2011)
Spain: 5.2% (2010) [Most organic acres of vineyards]
United States: 4.2% (California: 3.2%; Washington: 0.5%; Oregon: 0.5%)
Chile: 4.1% (2011)
Greece: 4% (2011)
Australia: 3.9% (2012)

In California, 690 hectares of vines are Biodynamic certified. 3,950 acres of vineyards are certified organic (20% of the total wine grape area).

Lemoyne, Center Commercial Rive-Ouest

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday

Organic wines, by retail wine specialists Kirt Heintzelman and Rob Eckard

Frey Vineyards NV ‘Natural White’ from California ($ 9.99), which does not contain added sulphites. The winemaker says … “A bright and crisp dry white wine filled with pleasant flavors of ripe melons and pear. This excellent wine is a delight for both the stock market and the palate. From grapes grown on organic family farms, this wine has been produced. Made in accordance with USDA organic winemaking standards, no added sulphites. We ferment our wines with traditional yeasts. All Frey wines are organic, from the vineyard, to the cellar, to the table. Preservative free. Store in chilled. Serve chilled. “

Blue Quail Wines 2013 ‘McFadden Vineyard’ ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel from Potter Valley, Mendocino County ($ 15.99). This has an 86 point rating from Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2015) with this review … “This has a lighter, more mature color than usual, as well as lighter, more mature aromas and flavors. After adjustment for the apparent temporal distortion, it’s easy to enjoy the alluring aroma of cherries and black tea, and the rather light flavors of cinnamon and pomegranate. “

And from ... “This lighter style Zin has notes of blackberry, boysenberry, black and white pepper, fennel seed and vanilla bean. Organically grown. 90 points.”

And from (March 2015) … “Aromas of candied raspberry, cherry and strawberry mingle with herbaceous spices of black pepper and light amounts of vanilla and oak. If you want a huge, chewy, jammy zin, this is not your wine. a friendly wine that is well balanced and exhibits great zin character without all of the heavy baggage that most zins have these days. “

Green Truck (which is Red Truck’s Organic line) 2013 Petite Sirah by Mendocino ($ 10.99), made from 100% organic grapes. The winemaker says … “Our Petite Sirah grapes are organically grown and grown on the vineyards of Mendocino by those who are dedicated to organic farming. Organic farming requires a commitment to a method of cultivation that eliminates reliance on chemical fertilizers and toxic fungicides and insecticides for the benefit of natural practices that protect the health and safety of our farm workers, create thriving wildlife habitat, and lead to clean runoff and healthier soils for our future. Best of all, these practices make delicious wine The grapes are certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers, one of the most recognized and trusted seals on the organic market.

“Lush flavors of cassis, black cherries and plums with hints of pepper and spice add just the right potency. Flavors of vanilla oak, soft tannins and a smooth finish … very fruity, with flavors juicy rich berry blended and lingering toasted oak notes throughout the long silky finish. “

Julia Kemper 2011 ‘Elpenor’ Tinto de Dao, Portugal ($ 15.99), which is a mix of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen. The winemaker says … “This wine results from the combination of the four main grape varieties of the Dao region: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen. Deep ruby ​​color with an intense aroma of wild berries and bergamot. On the palate, it is full-bodied, without losing its elegance. The aftertaste is long and complex. This wine results from the combination of the four main grape varieties of the Dao region: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen. Deep ruby ​​color with an intense aroma of wild berries and bergamot. On the palate, it is full-bodied, without losing its elegance. The aftertaste is long and complex. The wine year has allowed the production of excellent grapes, without any trace of disease given the favorable climate during the year The cool nights allowed for a harvest of healthy grapes, ripened by great sunshine and availability of water throughout the year, giving the wine a concentrated and fruity flavor.

“In addition to the particular terroir prepared for the varieties planted, the climate and the harvest and careful selection of the grapes produced high quality wines with unique aromas and flavors. Serve at 16-18oC.”

York Store, 2547 York Marketplace

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 2 Saturday

Organic wines, by wine specialist Patti Meckley

2014 Coto de Gomariz Ribeiro The Flower and the Bee Blanco, Spain, $ 14.99. Dark yellow in color, with golden reflections. A beautiful white wine full of flavor with powerful flavors of herbs, pears and white peach, with also some notes of apricot and spices. A real presence, but not at all heavy. Just a nice intensity of fruit and an incredible freshness.

2012 La Rocca Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills, $ 16.99. The most complex wine, very dry, large and full-bodied. Fresh ripe blackberry, black plum and fig with a combination of dried apricot, current and cocoa. Notes of smoky vanilla and lots of spices and black pepper on the finish.

2014 La Boutanche Grolleau Rose, Loire, France, $ 17.99. 100% grollea grape, this certified organic and biodynamic rose is juicy, very acidic and delicately structured, with aromas of red flowers, cranberry, tarragon and minerals.

2012 Château Maris Les Anciens Carignan, France, $ 24.99. This full bodied 90% Carignan and 10% Grenache, biodynamic red has lots of ripe and juicy black fruit, cassis and elderberries as well as spices on the palate. It’s bold, yet smooth to drink with well-integrated tannins. The earthy finish shows notes of cassis and tobacco.

Lancaster Store, 558 Centerville Road

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday

Wine blend, by oenologist David Speakman

  • 2012 Dr H Thanisch Muller Burggraef Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Mosel Germany Kabinett, $ 39.99
  • Rose Arca Nova 2015, $ 8.99
  • 2014 Robertson Pinotage Robertson, $ 9.99
  • 2014 Bodega Soledad Solmayor, $ 9.99


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