Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started their own FBI-style most wanted list. What does it take to make this gang of crimnals?

Denis L. Feron installed a secret pipe behind his factory that discharged pollutants into a tributary of the Mississippi River. Authorities beleive he is hiding in Belgium, but if you see him at the local Starbucks let the police know.

Then there’s John Karayannides who was involved in the illegal discharge of tons of oil-contaminated grain from his ship, into the ocean. As with others on the list, you are urged not to apprehend these individuals on your own.

No one from the wine world appears to be on the list yet.

See the full list at: EPA Fugitives | Criminal Enforcement | US EPA.


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Vynfields of Martinborough has been named organic producer of the year, at the 2008 Organic Awards of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand

The vineyards’ wine producers, John Bell and Kaye McAulay, have been recognized for the personal touch, OANZ chairman Derek Broadmore said at the annual meeting yesterday.

Click below for the full story:

Organic award to Martinborogh vineyard – Wairarapa Times-Age – 2008-11-20 17:00:00.0 – localnews.


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From Decanter: Palin Syrah, a small organic wine from Chile, has found itself embroiled in the turmoil surrounding the Republican campaign in the US presidential race.

Link to story… Palin wine caught up in US election.


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Wine vs. Nature

The Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org) has just published a series of articles exploring wine, climate change and mediterranean habitats.

1. Will Climate Change Spoil your Chardonnay?

2. What’s Your Wine’s Carbon Footprint?

3. Q&A on vineyards and conservation

4. South Africa’s Biodiversity and Wine Initiative

Read the articles to see their conclusions, and what they have to say about organic and biodynamic practices.


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According to an Italian study, the “eco-footprint” of an organic winery is half that of a conventional winery.

Organic wine is twice as good for the planet – earth – 01 September 2008 – New Scientist Environment.


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Can a wine writer make the leap to winemaker? After five books, Monty Waldin decided to take up the challenge and rented a small vineyard in France. The vines were certified organic and he used biodynamic methods as well.

The six part series starts Thursday, September 4th on Channel 4 in the UK. For more info go to www.montywaldin.com.


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On Alice Feiring’s site there is a discussion with Jim Fullmer about the new biodynamic standards for wine. Read the post here.


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Pure Mendocino Cancer Benefit

The bounty of Mendocino County’s organic farms, vineyards and coastal waters will be featured at the 4th Annual Pure Mendocino Celebration August 22-24, 2008. Proceeds of the three-day event will benefit the nationally recognized Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County (CRCMC). “These events are all about healthy living and sharing the sense of joy and well-being that comes from helping to fund care while sharing foods and wines that are created with the greatest respect for the land and the people who live and work here,” said Sara O’Donnell, Executive Director of CRCMC. “Join us!”

Friday, August 22nd, 5-9 p.m.
The weekend kicks off with an all-organic dinner at Dark Horse Ranch, a Biodynamic® farm owned by Paul Dolan, owner of Paul Dolan Vineyards and co-chair of Pure Mendocino, together with Sara O’Donnell. The multi-course meal, prepared by Chef Craig Strattman of Patrona Bistro in Ukiah, showcases organic ingredients and wines from Mendocino County’s diverse growing regions. Tickets for the Dinner are $135 per person or $1250 for a table of eight.

Saturday, August 23rd, 4-7:30 p.m.
Local chefs, organic wineries, and purveyors of organic and wild-crafted foods gather on the vineyard patio of Parducci Wine Cellars for an evening of food and wine sampling, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, and information about sustainable living. During the event, guests are invited to bid on silent auction items including select wines and local, artisanal products. Tickets are $40 per person or $350 for a block of ten.

Sunday, August 24th, Tour 10 a.m., Picnic 12-2 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op, the family-friendly Pure Mendocino Farm Tour and Picnic begins with a free tour of McFadden Farm and Vineyard in Potter Valley. Visitors will experience, first hand, sustainable farming practices in operation. Following the tour, the weekend concludes with an organic picnic accompanied by live, local music. Tickets are $15 per person. Children under five are free.

About the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County
With offices in Ukiah and the coastal village of Mendocino, CRCMC helps cancer patients, their families and caregivers, with a full range of support services including assistance with formulating care plans, advocacy for benefits, support groups, counseling, and transportation. In 2007, CRCMC founder Sara O’Donnell was honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 outstanding individuals, across America and Puerto Rico, to receive the Foundation’s 2007 Community Health Leadership Program Award.

For information and reservations please visit www.puremendocino.org or call CRCMC toll free at 800.449.6483.


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