California Water Issues: A Simple Solution

If California does not provide an adequate water supply at reasonable cost to its agricultural industry, competition from globalization will soon turn the state into a third world country. Additionally, most of the people working to find a solution to California water...

Shinn Estate Vineyards – The Beginning

The past few days have been filled with bothersome “tweets” on twitter and postings on Facebook from winemakers and vineyard consultants who are questioning the benefits of organic and biodynamic winegrowing. Some are calling this mode of farming a fad and...

Tony Coturri on being in The Wine Report

In the latest edition of Tom Stevenson’s book WINE REPORT 2009 published by DK Publishing, we have received a meaningful review. The WINE REPORT isn’t a typical rating publication like Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate or the Wine Spectator. It’s a book for savvy wine...

Lagarette Wine Put To The Test

For those of you who were concerned with our previous report about pesticide residues in conventional wines, here is the flip side from a biodynamic winery in France. An analysis for better understanding our wine, our choices, our determination. It is important to be...

An Organic Debate – Part II

I was president of the California Certified Organic Farmers for 7 years, the oldest and largest certifying body, and helped formulate the original USDA rules for organic. I wasn’t a proponent of the USDA taking over organic standards. As an organic farmer from the...

An Organic Debate – Part I

The use of sulfites in organic winemaking brings out very strong opinions on both sides of the issue, and the Organic Wine Journal now finds itself in the middle of this debate. We’d like to present the following letters for our readers to hear two different...