Every now and then the carnivore and I like an adult beverage with our dinner. We are both a fan of a good red wine on occasion. So, on Earth Day this year I thought I would get us a bottle of organic merlot.
But, what makes a wine organic? At its most basic level, organic wine is made from grapes that have been grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. With grapes topping the list of the most chemically sprayed categories of produce on the market today, it is no wonder that many are seeking an organic alternative to their conventional wines.
And if you are wondering where to find a good wine, I suggest either asking at your local store for a recommendation or checking out http://www.organicwinejournal.com/index.php/category/reviews/ . I should have done both of these before I went out. The website has a whole set of reviews for organic wines under $25 so you don't have to break the budget either. My local wine store (Buster's) has quite a selection and the have all of their organic wines marked on the shelves with a big green "O" so they are easy to spot, bust I still got confused somehow.
I ended up buying a Barefoot Merlot for under $10. Good news, right? However, when I got it home I couldn't find anything on it that talked about being organic. Bummed, I did a little more research and learned from the the Barefoot website that they organize local volunteers across the country to clean up area beaches and help keep them "Barefoot friendly." So that is good news for the planet! But, I will be better about checking for the organic label before I check out next time...
Anyway, enjoy a glass (or two) of organic wine - or a wine from a company that helps the environment. Oh, and remember to recycle that bottle when you are done! Cheers!