Category: Letters

  • 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 problems seem to have a hard time understanding the economic impact that the…

  • 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 others are going so far as to post video of the two clowns Penn…

  • 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 lovers. It’s a European standard. The trends in the wine world…

  • 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 sincere and to display what defines our wine, derived from ancestral…

  • 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 70s, we never had a lot of cooperation from the government.…

  • 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 opinions on this subject. Organic Vintners recently starting offering…

  • Organic Coffee: Sustainable is Obtainable

    Sustainability isn’t difficult to understand. It\’s even easier to embrace. All of us are players in this production and consumption of goods that make for our nutritional makeup. The concept of preservation, self-preservation for that matter, is what the cycle of renewal and reuse is all about. It’s really about connecting the “what” with the…

  • Maureen Lolonis at CIA

    Maureen Lolonis spoke with students at the Culinary Institute of America\’s Hyde Park campus on May 1st, discussing Lolonis vineyards and winery and tasting eight of their signature wines. The 2006 Chardonnay was my favorite. Maureen is an avid storyteller, and was quick to tell the history behind her family\’s winery. In 1914, Tryfon Lolonis,…

  • Masters Of Wine – The Organic Question

    Some of you may have heard of the ‘Master of Wine’ – the terrifyingly challenging qualification that marks the pinnacle of wine knowledge. With a reputed 8% pass rate and only a mere 275 or so ‘MW’s’ in the world, it’s an exclusive group. And as you’d expect, MW’s are expected to take a view…

  • Letter From New Zealand

    tips for healthy eating out Whether it’s lunch with work colleagues or an evening celebrating with friends, most of us tend to eat less healthily when we eat in restaurants, pubs and cafes. Senior Dietitian Victoria Taylor offers her tips for eating out without overdoing it. Believe it or not, it is possible to eat,…