Organic Wine Gal’s New Picks

Can Vendrell 2005 Chardonnay Xarello – Penedes, Spain

This beautifully clean non-oaked white wine leads off with a scintillating nose of citrus, honeysuckle and slate followed by a brisk palate of assorted ripe melon, orange zest and tropical fruits with great acidity. This wine would be great with regional dishes like paella, with a focus on shellfish like prawns, mussels and oysters, not to mention mushroom risotto or cheese plates with a bit of quince or plum paste!

These hand-picked grapes – no harvesting machines at Can Vendrell – are a unique blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% of the native Xarello, found mainly in the northeastern region of Catalonia. The result is an inordinately clean and refreshing taste.

Nuevo Mundo 2004 Cabernet Malbec – Maipo Valley, Chile

When leaves start turning brown, and the cold air comes to play, my thoughts turn to spending time with loved ones and cooking organic dinners. This Nuevo Mundo 2004 Cabernet Malbec is a favorite with my family. It has wonderful structure and I’m proud to have it swirling around in my beautiful stemware as it opens up.

This Chilean wine is 75% Cabernet and 25% Malbec, and produced by the well-known Marcelo Retamal, who was named 2005 Chilean Wine Producer of the Year at London’s International Wine and Spirits Competition last November as well as Winemaker of the Year- 2004 by Guia de Vinos Chile (Chilean Wine Guide).

The Malbec lends the deep, inky color, and the Cabernet Sauvignon gives it the rich cassis and fruity blueberry flavors. Barrel aged for a period of 14 months, it provides hints of oak and vanilla. The organic grapes allow for the slightly smoky expression of the Chilean soils to balance out the complexity of this wine. Great with hearty vegetarian chili, baby back ribs, rack of autumn lamb or in a big glass after a hard day’s work.

San Vito 2004 DOCG Chianti – Fior Di Selva, Italy

San Vito has been producing wines by the Drighti family since 1960.
Their estate in Fior Di Selva, outside Florence, covers 315 acres, of which 30 are specialized organic vineyards and 20 are organic olive groves. The vineyards have been certified since 1985, using “clean agriculture without recourse to synthetic chemical substances, pesticides or herbicides and leaving no toxic residues in the soil or the wine.”

San Vito produces prized wines according to old Tuscan traditions and modern organic farming techniques. The organic grapes are selected and harvested by hand. This wonderful old world style Chianti, from 100% Sangiovese grapes, has a bright ruby red color and a lively bouquet with hints of raspberry. Aged in oak for eight months, the flavor is dry, fresh and harmonious. Pair it with an antipasti plate, cooked tomato dishes, chicken piccata with capers, lasagna and everything from pizza margherita to pizza bolognese. Believe it or not, it even goes well with spicy foods like a root veggie curry.

Enjoy all your organic meals and remember… a true organic meal deserves a proper organic wine.


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