Why Organic Wine?
Enjoying wine is hardly a new concept. Most people who enjoy cooking and eating good food graduated from their boxed wine and screw top days long ago. If you’re looking to take your appreciation of great wine to the next level, consider the new wave of eco-friendly, natural wines cropping up around the country. Pesticides and flavor-sapping chemicals and processing practices hardly cross your mind when you’re sipping your Cabernet over dinner, but they should. These practices negatively affect both you and the earth, and can even leach out flavors from your wine. If the idea of organic wine brings to mind images of people with long beards and Birkenstocks, crushing grapes in a barrel with bare feet, allow me to change your perception.
Stone Edge Farm Vineyards
Recently when I visited Sonoma, CA, I had the pleasure of touring Stone Edge Farm Vineyards. Stone Edge was the most elegant, meticulously planned, and gorgeous vineyard we visited. Olive trees flank the rows of vines, and massive white oak shadows carefully tended gardens. The olive oil we tasted with our wines was like liquid gold; fruity, fluorescent green, and delicious. A very small and curated vineyard, they work diligently to farm their land organically, paying close attention to all the balancing factors in nature that contribute to absolutely over the top delicious wine. Rather then dousing their grapes and vines with pesticides and chemicals, the people at Stone Edge tune in to their environment and use natural solutions. Owl boxes encourage owls to take up residence in the vineyards, controlling the mouse population, honey bee hives encourage honey bees to pollinate the vines, and their fruit and vegetable gardens encourage healthy heirloom varieties to take root. The smaller number of vines allow for hands on attention, and the resulting wine shows off every bit of this love and care.
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