Wine lovers can celebrate Earth Day and learn more about sustainable and organic practices in the vineyard while wine tasting at the wineries on the Organic Wine Trail of the Santa Cruz Mountains on Saturday, April 18.
These Santa Cruz Mountains wineries have formed the Organic Wine Trail to showcase their certified organic vineyards: Silver Mountain Vineyard along Summit Road between Los Gatos and Soquel; Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards in Saratoga; Ridge Vineyards in Cupertino; and Alfaro Family Vineyards in Corralitos. Visitors can learn more about growing organic winegrapes with self-guided or guided tours, enjoy the vineyards and coastal and mountain views, picnic and taste wine. Hours are 12:00-5:00. Cooper-Garrod opens at 11:00.
The wine trail route makes a nice day’s excursion. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore the wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains, from Saratoga and Cupertino to Corralitos, while learning about the extra steps vineyards and wineries take to adhere to organic standards.
The cost for the self-guided tour is only the tasting fee/policy set by each winery, from $5-$10. Guided tours with local transportation providers are also available, as are special package tours. Cooper-Garrod offers an Eco-Ride with a docent-led horseback ride through the Fremont-Older Open Space.
April 18 is also Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Passports, $45, are good at participating wineries on each of the quarterly Passport Days, and are available from the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) at www.scmwa.com and at the wineries on the wine trail.
More info at www.organicwinetrail.org.
Anjou Noir Organic Winemakers invite you on Monday, July the 20th at 10 am, at Domaine Richou in Mozé sur Louet for the 4th edition of the « Paulée de l’Anjou Noir ». A glorious and friendly event to celebrate Anjou wines and gastronomy.
Black Anjou organic wines offer a remarkable diversity of expressions. The winemakers members of the association « Paulée de l’Anjou noir », share the same philosophy. They are organic and/or biodynamic producers and they want to produce real terroir wines. They have a strong will to bring new dynamics and a renewal in Anjou wines.
The fourth edition of the Black Anjou Paulée will take place at Domaine Richou in the Aubance Valley. The idea is to meet for an interesting, festive and friendly event, when the work in the vineyard is about to be finished and before harvest time.
From 9 am: Welcome coffee
From 10 to 12 am: Departure for an interpretive walk in the Aubance Hills with a few stops aimed at the discovery of special features with the help of experts.
12 am: Tasting
as of 2 pm: Barbecue and relaxing time at Domaine Richou.
Come and meet with Anjou noir winemakers, discover their terroirs and taste their wines, at Domaine Richou on Monday, July the 20th, 2015.
More info: www.pauleeanjounoir.fr
July 8-10 2015 in Marlborough, New Zealand
The Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing conference is the first of its kind to be held in New Zealand and is being organised through Organic Winegrowers NZ.
The conference will run over 2 ½ days and will play host to speakers and guests from all over the world. The programme will feature a number of technical seminars, panel sessions, an international and New Zealand organic wine tasting, keynote speeches and an organic feast, designed and prepared by award winning chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen in Oamaru.
The conference is open to all wine industry members in NZ and Australia and is an opportunity for companies to learn more about every aspect of organic viticulture, wine production and marketing.
Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) is a growers’ association dedicated to supporting and encouraging the production of high quality organic wines.
Founded in 2007 by organic viticulturists and vineyard owners from every major wine region in New Zealand, OWNZ is an independent incorporated society, governed by and for its members. The organisation is led by a national executive committee of organic and biodynamic winegrowers, and by regional grower committees in several wine regions.
To promote networking and learning, OWNZ delivers field days and workshops on organic winegrowing throughout New Zealand. Other current projects include creation of online and printed resources on organic growing; marketing and publicity about NZ organic wines; and organic research projects. In spring 2011 we launched the Organic Focus Vineyard project, a research and demonstration project highlighting the process of converting a vineyard to organic management.
OWNZ works in partnership with New Zealand Winegrowers, who provide collaboration and some funding support.
For more information go to: www.organicwineconference.com
BIODYNAMIC GRAPE GROWING & WINEMAKING SHORTCOURSE
Date: March 23, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Location: Maysara Winery in McMinnville, Oregon
Address: 15765 Southwest Muddy Valley Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128
Price: General – $60 | Students – $30
Sponsored by Demeter USA and Maysara Winery, the full day session offers a comprehensive look at Biodynamic® farming and winemaking from local practitioners and winemakers along with an open forum for questions. The event will be held at Maysara Winery in McMinnville, Oregon from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Join committed practitioners and educators for a full day seminar and tasting created especially for those in the wine community interested in learning more about Biodynamic farming and winemaking. Practical information on the certification process will be shared, and myths and misinformation will be clarified. Attendees will learn how this high level sustainable farming practice contributes to grape and wine quality.
The Short Course begins with a history of Biodynamic agriculture, and proceeds through a series of focused conversations among veteran vintners and viticulture experts on topics of fundamental importance for American wine: What defines a BD farm in concept? What practices make up a BD winegrowing system? What effect does it have on grape vines and wine? Is there any science to back it up? What are the similarities and differences between NOP organic and Demeter Biodynamic? What do BD winemakers have to say? The speaker list includes many Oregon based Biodynamic farmers and vintners.
Throughout the day, there will be an open conversation to include attendee questions and comments.
A delicious lunch will be served mid-way through the program, and at day’s end all guests will be invited to try some of the wines created and shared by the Short Course speakers.
BD Winegrowing Short Course will take place on Monday March 23 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm at the beautiful Maysara Winery located at 15765 Muddy Valley Road in McMinnville, OR. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at: http://biodynamicshortcourse.brownpapertickets.com for $60 which includes lunch. There is a student rate of $30. For more information contact Barbara Gross at 503-649-0027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Maysara Winery
In 1997, Moe and Flora Momtazi purchased an abandoned wheat farm in the foothills southwest of McMinnville, Oregon. The plan was to grow pinot noir grapes that reflect the old world way of farming holistically and producing un-manipulated wines. Maysara winery and Momtazi vineyard are dedicated to create an ecosystem that preserves the land as a whole without any external or unnatural additions.
Today, Momtazi estate consists of 532 total acres with 250 acres planted of pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot blanc, muscat and riesling vines. Maysara Winery has been certified Biodynamic since 2007 and Momtazi vineyard since 2005. It is the largest certified Biodynamic vineyard in Oregon, and the second largest in the USA.
About Demeter USA
Demeter USA is a non-profit American chapter of Demeter International, the world’s only certifier of Biodynamic® farms and products. Biodynamic agriculture goes beyond organic, envisioning the farm as a self-contained and self-sustaining organism. In an effort to keep the farm, the farmer, the consumer, and the earth healthy, farmers avoid chemical pesticides and fertilizers, utilize compost and cover crops, and set aside a minimum of 10% of their total acreage for biodiversity. The entire farm, versus a particular crop, must be certified, and farms are inspected annually. In order for a product to bear the Demeter logo it must be made with certified Biodynamic ingredients and meet strict processing standards to ensure the purest possible product.
Jenny & François Selections is pleased to announce the 11th annual Natural Winemakers’ Week, February 26th – March 3rd, 2015. Natural, Organic and Biodynamic Winemakers from France, Italy, Spain and the USA are coming to NYC for a week of wine dinners, classes and free tastings.
Dufaitre (Beaujolais), Clos Siguier (Cahors), Oudin (Chablis), Chemins de Bassac (Languedoc), Patience (Languedoc), Grange Tiphaine (Loire), Mortier (Loire), Rimbert (Loire), Plageoles (South West), Quantico (Sicily), Ca’ dei Zago (Veneto), Azimut (Penedes), Flos de Pinoso (Valencia), Dirty and Rowdy (California), Vinca Minor (California), Montebruno (Oregon)
For an updated listing of dinners and tastings go to www.jennyandfrancois.com/nww15.
London’s largest artisan wine fair is returning to the Old Truman Brewery (Spitalfields) on 17 & 18 May 2015. All wines showcased are organic or biodynamic with low intervention in the cellar, and many are totally natural – pure fermented grape juice.
Be sure to save the date so you can pop along and sample tasty wonders alongside a delicious range of other artisan food and drinks. Ticket sales and trade registrations will open at the end of January 2015.
THE REAL WINE FAIR: Back again for 2015… but different!
Following the fantastic success of this year’s event, we are delighted to announce our plans for The Real Wine Fair 2015.
The 2014 Real Wine Fair which welcomed record numbers of trade and consumer visitors, was, without doubt, our most successful and critically-acclaimed event hitherto, featuring 140 organic/biodynamic and natural growers and winemakers from around the world, a roster of superb guest speakers, a busy pop-up wine shop and the return of the Unfiltered Dog, not to forget a typically celebratory Georgian supra.
However, after several successful years under its previous guise, we feel that it is time for a change. So, instead of a single, large two-day fair, we will be holding multiple, smaller but no less exciting events for trade and consumer guests throughout the UK. These will comprise focused regional growers’ tastings, master-classes, dinners and a variety of innovative promotions in order to share our pleasure of real wine with as wide an audience as possible.
These events will take place across the UK throughout 2015. However, to whet your appetites for next year’s events, we will be kicking things off early. October 2014 will mark the inaugural event “Alternative Australians”, a fortnight of pop-up tastings and “wine residencies” hosted by Anton von Klopper, Tom Shobbrook, Patrick Sullivan, Iwo Jakimowicz and Sarah Morris, dynamic young winemakers who are making considerable waves in the Australian wine scene.
We will be announcing details of other Real Wine events for 2015 in the next few months.
The Real Wine Fair will revert to its customary format in 2016.
RAW, one of the world’s most avant-garde artisan wine fairs is, this weekend, hitting the Austrian capital. Join us for our last big fair of 2014 to celebrate the world of unprocessed, authentic wine production, and don’t forget to buy your tickets online (or, if you are press, register yourself for free), as it is not only cheaper but spaces are extremely limited.
As our nippy litte van sets off on its busy little way across Europe, carrying with it spittoons, ice buckets and the 1000 unplanned for extra copies of the Vienna catalogue, which we pulled-off last minute when the much prettier, collectable version vanished into thin air (yes, the impossible was made real when the transporter managed to loose an entire pallet because, and I quote them, “well, we just don’t know where we put it”), the busy little bees that are team RAW are now spreading their wings for some wine waltzing in a Viennese palace, complete with its own ‘Marble Hall’, ‘Imperial Salon’ and ‘Great Ballroom’. Not only conveniently located right next door to the prancing ponies of the Spanish Riding School, RAW Vienna is also 5-minutes walk from VieVinum, Austria’s enormous bi-annual wine extravaganza. So, if you happen to be in town for that, be sure to stop by and pay us a visit. Here are a few of the highlights that await:
A kaleidoscope of hundreds of wines to taste from 85 of the world’s most exciting natural, biodynamic and organic growers. Originating from 13 different countries, RAW Vienna will host producers from classic regions like Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, alongside New World wonders from Australia and Argentina, as well as exciting novelties from the likes of Georgia, Serbia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and even Poland! It is also a chance to explore a huge diversity of growers from central European nations including Switzerland, Germany and, of course, Austria – many of whom have ‘gone RAW’ for the first time.
Artisan, ‘pure fermented rice’ brews from Japan – a regular favourite in London – are also joining in Vienna, so come along to explore the fascinating world of properly crafted sake.
Food and refreshments provided by some of Vienna’s most sought after foodies, including bread from the Joseph bakery, coffee by Grandoro, sushi by Mochi, delicious raw milk cheese by a special Austrian artisan, and a surprise offering by the michelin-starred Taubenkobel…
We have also managed to get hold of a few extra advance copies of Isabelle’s forthcoming book (out in July) – Natural Wine: an introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally – to take with us to the fair. So if you missed out in London where copies disappeared like hot cakes, here’s your chance again.
Last and certainly not least, is the wonderful news that GABRIEL-GLAS have generously provided us with mouthblown glasses for all our visitors to use. It may also surprise you to know that these ultra thin, ultra light, angular beauties, share a sort of familial link with another ultra thin, ultra light Austrian glassware brand… Take a look at our Vienna blog to find out more.
Finally, inspired by our much beloved BBC Radio 4, we have decided to leave you with our very own Thought for the Day (see below) – a quote from the start of the chapter on ‘Living Soils’ in Isabelle’s book, together with a graffiti on a wall round the corner from our office.
Happy weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
RAW Vienna – Practical Info
Opening Times: 10 am to 7 pm