Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine


Tarantas Wines announced today the launch of the Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest. Food and wine lovers across America are asked to uncork their creativity and submit an original recipe and wine pairing combination for a chance to win a Trip for Two to Spain! The company is searching the nation for recipes that bring out the very best in their organic wines.

Tarantas Wines is excited to launch this national recipe contest as a way to introduce American wine lovers to the concept of Tarantas Tiene Cuerpo y Alma ~ Wine with Body and Soul from the Heart of Spain.

Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest entries will be accepted in five categories: 1) Small Plates/Tapas, 2) Main Dish, 3) Side Dish, Soup or Salad, 4) Dessert, 5) Wine-Based Craft Cocktail.

All entrants are required to include a Tarantas wine pairing recommendation for their dish and the use of a Tarantas wine as an ingredient is required in the Wine-Based Craft Cocktail category. Entry form includes a list of the eligible Tarantas wines.

One Grand Prize winner receives a five-day, four-night trip for two to Spain, including air transportation from the U.S., 2 nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in the charming village of Requena, Spain, a private tour of the winery with lunch, gastro and historical tour of Valencia, two nights, double-occupancy room accommodations for two in Valencia, Spain and all ground transportation and transfers. Four First Prize winners receive a $100 gift certificate from Whole Foods Market.

Complete contest rules and information can be found at

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From The Real Wine Fair:

For the first time The Real Wine Fair will be featuring a host of artisan growers from the USA who will be coming over to pour and talk about their wines.

These are truly boutique wines in the sense that some of the cuvées are made in the dozens of cases rather than the hundreds and thousands. All are examples of responsible viticulture and intuitive winemaking, method and a little bit of madness, purity and fun. Wineries on show for the first time from California will include La Clarine; Clos Saron; Ambyth Estate and Forlorn Hope, whilst Kelley Fox; Minimus; Beckham Estate and Ovum will represent for Oregon. Deirdre Heekin will be showcasing her biodynamically-farmed wines from La Garagista in Vermont. There will be examples of Albarino and Alvarelhao, 130-year-old Cinsault and some pretty old Mourvedre, Gruner Veltliner and Gewurztraminer, serious Sangiovese and Syrah not to mention Garnacha of every hue. Full-on Semillon from one of the oldest vineyards to be planted in Oregon and a pair of Touriga Nacionals, amphora and skin contact wines, are other intriguing oddities that shouldn’t be missed.

The Real Wine Fair
17th & 18th April, 2016
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF

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From the press release:

As summer draws to a close, the wheels of RAW have begun turning again as we launch our next edition of the fair, taking place in Berlin on 29 November. The fair’s bespoke microsite is now live and tickets are on sale.

Over 100 artisan wine growers from around the world* will be joining us at Berlin’s foremost foodie market – Markthalle Neun – for 1 day only: the 6th edition of RAWfair. All are extraordinary individuals who produce fine natural or low-intervention organic and biodynamic wine that is not only great for the planet and your well-being, but also delicious and driven by a true sense of place (‘terroir’). In short, wine at its very best. And if that’s not enough of a draw, you’ll also be able to taste artisan bread, sake, cider and a collection of spirits from a micro-distillery.

For those of you wanting to make a weekend of it, there will be lots of suppers and bars opening their doors that weekend to RAW goers in a bid to help Berlin go RAW. If you’re on Twitter look out for the #RAWBerlin hashtag (or simply follow us @RAWfair), and if you’re on Facebook then check out our feed here.

To help whet your appetite, our newsletters will include collections of photographs from some of the growers you will be meeting in November. First set below.

And last but certainly not least, the dates for next year’s RAW London have also been announced so please put the 15 & 16 May 2016 in your diaries for another UK extravaganza. Dates for Vienna to follow soon.

Any questions, let us know.

Wishing you a glorious autumn,

Team RAW

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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 and at the wineries on the wine trail.

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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.

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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.

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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 Program:

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.

The Logistics:

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: for $60 which includes lunch. There is a student rate of $30. For more information contact Barbara Gross at 503-649-0027 or

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.

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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.

Winemakers Coming:

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

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