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Do We Carry Organic & Local Wines? Naturally!

In much the same way that the labeling for organic food products can be confusing, using the word “organic” on the label doesn’t mean that the wine you’re drinking is 100% organic. But the guidelines for organic wine aren’t that complicated, and once you know them, you can know what you’re getting, and know that no matter how organic a particular wine is, simply purchasing it sends the message that more people want organic wine, encouraging producers to pursue organic production. So what are the basic classifications? In the states, there are four: “100% Organic”, “Organic”, “Made With Organic Ingredients”, and “Some Organic Ingredients”. For a wine to be labeled with the USDA “Organic” seal, it must be made from organically grown grapes and give information about who the certifying agency is. It may not contain added sulfites. It may contain naturally occurring sulfites, but the level must be less than 20 parts per million. A wine may be labeled “Made with Organic Grapes” or “Made with Organically Grown Grapes”, which means (obviously) that the wine was made from organic grapes, but it can include added sulfites. And just what are these sulfites we’re always hearing about? Well, they’re anti-microbials and anti-oxidants often used in the production of wine, which also may occur naturally in the production, without being added. There’s considerable debate about any health issues related to them, but here are the basic guidelines for labeling: If the level is above 10 parts per million, the label must say “Contains Sulfites.” If the level is below the ATF’s ability to detect it, there may still be sulfites, but the label can say “Sulfite Free”. The label “No Added Sulfites” means just what it says – the winery did not add sulfites to the wine – but there may be naturally occurring sulfites in the wine that are a byproduct of fermentation. It’s important to note that the label guidelines we mentioned above are for domestic wines; there are other agencies in Europe and Latin America that will use different regulations and labels, but mostly based on the basic idea of “all organic”, “made from organically grown grapes”, or “no added sulfites”. In fact, a number of producers abroad have always utilized methods that would qualify as “organic”, simply because of faith in traditional natural methods. Whatever your reason for wanting your wine to be organic, there are a growing number of producers pursuing the organic route, and we wholeheartedly support the movement, so we’ve devoted an entire section to local and organic wine. Because as we suggested above, no vote is more powerful than the one we send with our wallets. We have over fifty organic wines on hand (not including those from abroad which would qualify but choose not to label), and plan to continue expanding the selection. If we’re missing a good one, let us know, we’ll see if we can get it for you. And about local wine? This gets interesting. The most local of the wines we carry – DeAngelis wines from Ann Arbor – are made from grapes that are not local, but everything else from end-to-end is local. And then there’s a matter of “how local is local?”, because we also have over 60 wines grown and bottled right here in Michigan. Below is a small selection of exceptional wines from all over that we have on hand, that are probably known more for being great wine, rather than simply because they’re organic.

Novas Limited Selection Organic
Novas Limited Selection Organic Carmenere Cabernet 2005 – Colchagua Valley, Chile $21.99
Emiliana’s Organic Novas wines are certified by IMO of Switzerland. These wines with tremendous character and personality are made with great respect for the environment. This Carmenere/Cabernet blend is exemplary of these qualities – Intense ruby-red in color, a nose that offers ripe strawberries elegantly combined with spices such as pepper along with subtle sweet and toasted notes from the barrel aging. The palate is firm but very silky, with elegant, well?structured tannins, tremendous volume, and a persistent finish.
Quinta do Coa Vinho Tinto Organic
Quinta do Coa Vinho Tinto Organic 2008 – Douro, Portugal $22.99
Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira, Lda is a family owned and operated wine and olive oil maker with 220 hectares of olive groves and 62 hectares of vineyards around the village of Almendra, the finest area of the Douro Superior within the Archaeological Reserve of Vale do Côa, devoted to organic farming under ECR number 2092/91. This gorgeous Tinto is deep red in colour, richly fruited with spicy blackberry and mulberry notes, with well balanced tannins and good quality oak ageing notes
Badger Mountain Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
Badger Mountain Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – Columbia Valley, Washington $18.49
Visionary and life-long farmer Bill Powers planted Badger Mountain Vineyard with his son Greg in 1982. Just six years later, well-before the word organic became trendy and then universal, Bill transitioned his 80-acre estate to organic viticulture and in 1990 Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first Certified Organic winegrape vineyard in Washington State. This cab has bright and brilliant aromatics of raspberries wrapped in orange zest and cloves. The deep, intense color adds layers of black licorice, bing cherries and sweet lilacs exploding in round and complete flavors. Layers of dark fruits and spice cascade in an opulent lingering finish.
Plow & Stars Organic Riesling
Plow & Stars Organic Riesling 2008 – Columbia Valley, Washington $9.99
Plow & Stars 2008 riesling from Horse Heaven Hills in Columbia Valley, Washington is made from organically grown grapes. The vineyard is sustainably-farmed and stainless steel tanks were used exclusively to preserve the complex character of the Riesling grape. The crisp acidity makes this delicious Riesling a great companion to Asian cuisine, fusion cuisine, or seafood.
Bergerac Yvon Mau 2009
Bergerac Yvon Mau 2009 – Bergerac, France 10.99
Beautiful red colour with purple tints. A rich, complex bouquet of red fruit and blackcurrant… and a rounded, supple attack leading into lots of flesh. Smooth tannins with powerful fruit flavours.
Posted By:Admin March 7, 2011

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