Archive for February, 2013

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Photo: organic wine (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

The short answer, according to the Los Angeles Times, is this:  “Sulfites are forbidden in organic products by the US Department of Agriculture, but most winemakers consider the preservative crucial in winemaking. So few wineries want the label.”

“Unlike most organic products, wine may sit for years before being opened. Furthermore, most wines contain some level of sulfites anyway since they are a naturally occurring byproduct of fermentation. As a result, even though organic food is one of the fastest-growing categories in the supermarket, “organic wine” is an afterthought. No large producers make it.”

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see “Why Isn’t More Wine Organic?”]

In Vancouver BC the short answer might be distribution. Local food magazines frequently mention tasty or even award-winning organic BC wines that when looked for in BC Liquor stores are not found. It’s great that organic wines are being grown in BC–and elsewhere.  But,  if consumers are unable to buy them for lack of local distributors, then what?


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Jolie-Pitt Organic Wine

Photo: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announce new ORGANIC (French) wine

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are “going organic” at their once leased, now owed, 1,000-acre chateau in France!  The $60,000 Chateau Miraval estate in Correns, France includes a 75-acre organic vineyard.

The Jolie-Pitt “dynamic-duo” has decided to become winemakers.  The launch for the new Miraval wine label was in 2012 with a vintage pink rose. Organic reds and whites were slated to follow, and are now—with the recently announced launch–about to become realities.

Each of Miraval’s specially designed bottles will include a label which reads: “Bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin.”  Perrin is Marc Perrin, French winemaker and partners now with Jolie and Pitt in the new venture.

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see “Jolie-Pitt Miraval Wine Launch.”]

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Photo: Illustration for Discover Magazine witty article

“Organic Food Causes Autism and Diabetes”?! That’s the “wickedly clever” title for a post online by University of Florida plant geneticist, Kevin Folta. “To make his point, Folta, as he says on twitter, uses logic ‘borrowed from the anti-GMO crowd.‘” [Source: Keith Kloor/Discover Magazine]

[Keith Kloor short post, humorously writtern, bears a read: Collide-a-Scape.]

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