In our recent article, we discussed the idea of biodynamic wines and how they’re becoming more and more popular around the United States. We also mentioned organic wines, which are slightly different but are also showing up around wine shops and bars, especially here in New York.
So what is organic wine? Well to put it simply, it’s a wine made from organically grown grapes, which means the vineyard has followed the rules of organic farming just like any other produce. There can be no synthetic pesticides or chemicals in the soils, and in the U.S., it means the winemaker cannot add any sulfites to the wine during production.
Many say that because there are no additional sulfites, they get less of a headache and feel better when they drink organic wine. We aren’t going to confirm or deny that, as sulfite sensitivity varies from person to person, but there is a distinctly different taste in organic wine. If you’re looking to try them, check out our list below!
This is a concentrated wine, which happens many times with organic winemaking because there’s nothing being added to it. You’ll get a very strong apple flavor with an intense minerality that should be consumed as soon as you purchase it. Sancerre, $73
Almost completely opposite the wine above, this is crisp and acidic with unique flavors of bell pepper and passion fruit, with an underlying spiciness of white pepper. It’s grassy and green, perfect for spring. Chile, $17
Being organic doesn’t make this any less of a Tempranillo. It’s spicy and rich with aromas of dark fruits and roasted nuts, plus a full-bodied finish of lovely oak as it’s aged in American Oak barrels for at least six months. Levante, Spain, $11
This beauty has everything you want out of a Prosecco. It’s light and fresh with vibrant flavors like lemon, pear, and white flowers. It’s robust but acidic, and of course, bubbly. Veneto, $13
Coming from a centuries-old establishment that has recently moved to organic production, this is a rich red wine full of black cherries and currant flavors. It’s full of tannins and acidity that are delicious but not overpowering. Loire Valley, $36
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