Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros

After receiving their organic certification, Domaine Carneros President and Chief Winemaker Eileen Crane spoke with the Organic Wine Journal about the transition and the history behind it. Organic Wine Journal: What sparked the interest in going organic? Eileen Crane: Our vineyard manager has been with us a number of years. He had a very naturalistic… Continue reading Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros

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Wines Of Portugal Tasting

Professional tasting events were more fun when I wasn’t really invited. Before the Organic Wine Journal started, I’d arrange for a pass from a friend in the business and sneak into them. Thousands of bottles opened up and ready to sample – that was a good way to spend the afternoon. While everyone else was… Continue reading Wines Of Portugal Tasting

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Filling Cars Instead of Bellies

In his recent blog, “Stating the Obvious”, Jonathan Russo writes about how some things that seem so obviously unsustainable and potentially disastrous, can take years to click in the national consciousness—often only after it’s too late (i.e. global warming, subprime mortgage loans, pesticide impacts on health and the environment…). This brought to mind one more… Continue reading Filling Cars Instead of Bellies

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Land of Enchantment – Organic Style

Northern New Mexico has a counterculture deeply rooted in its DNA. This is where Wavy Gravy established his pioneering sustainable hippie commune in the late ’60s and Stanley Crawford wrote his ’70s back-to-the-land classic “A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm.” Today, it still has alternative living experiments in housing, energy and… Continue reading Land of Enchantment – Organic Style

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Into The Deep End Of Biodynamics

After traveling and working the great wine regions of France and Germany, James and Annie Milton returned home to New Zealand and started their own winery in Gisborne in 1984. The Organic Wine Journal had the chance to meet with James Milton in Los Angeles recently, where he shared his thoughts on biodynamics and why… Continue reading Into The Deep End Of Biodynamics

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Empire Of The Ladybugs

In 1920, Greek immigrants Tryfon and Eugenia Lolonis established their family vineyards in California’s Redwood Valley. Their son, Nick, converted to organic farming in the 1950s, releasing ladybugs into the vineyards instead of chemicals; this “beneficial predator” is now the Lolonis symbol. After over 60 years of selling their grapes, the family established Lolonis Winery… Continue reading Empire Of The Ladybugs

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Top Organic Wines For Valentine’s Day

What holiday celebrates Responsible Hedonism better than Valentine’s Day? Here is the perfect selection of organic and biodynamic wines to go along with your evening of seduction and romance. Sparkling Fleury Fleur de l’Europe (Champagne, France) Super-focused aromas of mushroom, red apple, pear, brioche and strawberry seed, conjuring a delicious strawberry-topped brioche concoction absolutely perfect… Continue reading Top Organic Wines For Valentine’s Day

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Rebirth of the Appellation

Nicholas Joly is the world’s leading advocate for biodyanamic winemaking. In his first article for the Organic Wine Journal, he explains the downfall of vineyards which turn to chemicals and why he believes biodynamics is the road back to true terroir-driven wines. The creation of appellations in the 1930s was a stroke of genius. Its… Continue reading Rebirth of the Appellation

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