Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine



From an editorial in the New York Times:

A study in February that found pesticide residues in 90 percent of the French wines tested created an uproar. Pesticide residues were even found in organic wines, indicating contamination from neighboring vineyards or other sources. French vines are susceptible to a contagious bacterial disease, flavescence dorée, transmitted by a leafhopper. Treatment with pesticides is required by French law in several winegrowing regions, including Burgundy.

One organic producer in Burgundy has now been charged with breaking the law for refusing to use Pyrevert, a pyrethrin pesticide. He says there is no evidence that his vines are infected, and argues that Pyrevert, a neurotoxin, is nonspecific to leafhoppers and kills beneficial insects as well. He faces six months of prison time and a fine of 30,000 euros, or about $41,000. Another organic grower was fined 1 euro after he agreed to use pesticides.

Update here.


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From all of us at Organic Wine Journal, we want to wish our readers a Happy New Year. This year has ended with some great things for us. Our video reviews with Victoria Levin have been a great success, and bow we’ve also added Andy Besch, who owned West Side Wines for 14 years, to our team as well.

2014 will see regular reviews from both Victoria and Andy, and we also have some new reviewers coming our way, stay tuned. We will also start covering the wide world of organic spirits and beers – there are some very exciting things going on there.

Behind the scenes we’ve been working on our city guides and winery listings, and will start having regular updates. We want to thank all of you for making the Organic Wine Journal the leading website for organic, biodynamic and natural wines.


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Phil Coturri is one of the premier grape growers in Sonoma, and is now producing his own label. This wine does what a California Zinfandel should… it packs a punch, and is big and juicy, but it doesn’t just hit you over the head and make you go to sleep. See what Victoria thinks of the Sixteen 600 Estate Zinfandel 2010.


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Here is a short film on Napa winemaker Robert Sinskey produced by cdsavoia.


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Roundstone Rye Cask Strength

Roundstone Rye Cask Strength

Catoctin Creek is a Virginia-based distillery that makes a great range of organic spirits, and every year they release a limited production of their “Cask Proof” Roundstone Rye, bottled at 116 proof. Only 120 bottles are available, so if you’re able to make it to the distillery in Purcellville, Virginia this Saturday, December 14th, try and stop by at noon and grab a bottle. According to founder Scott Harris, they usually sell out the first day.


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This Pinot Noir is like a “ballerina – with something to say.”


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7X7SF featured four ‘women winemakers’ for their article Gals Who Grow Grapes In Mendocino. Also worth mentioning, three of them are growing grapes organically. Congrats to Milla Handley of Handley Cellars, Eliza Frey of Frey Vineyards and Martha Barra of Barra of Mendocino.


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