Organic green sustainable wines?
Organic green sustainable wines – By now, we all know and have heard about sustainable food. In a perfect world with infinite natural resources, it would be great to keep guzzling our planet’s edible delights like there is no tomorrow. However, this is not the reality and it is time that we make choices to sustain our food supply system.
But what about wine? Do grapes and vineyards really need to be brought in the quest for sustainability?. Let’s face it, social conscience and all that “green” environmental propaganda passes by like a flash when we open up that expensive bottle of Cabernet or luxurious Super Tuscan.
Sustainable wine can be defined as simply being wine produced in an ecologically responsible manner. Sustainable wine producers also consider bottling sources and the impact of farming to land surrounding vineyards. It encompasses the complete cycle of production, with every stage of the winemaking journey accounted for. The term comprises many wine classifications that include biodynamic, organic and natural which could confuse the novice wine drinker. However, what is important to remember is that at the bottom line, this type of wine cares about the planet.
The main enemies of sustainability are the problems of soil depletion, erosion, water pollution, vanishing biodiversity, ecological negative impacts, resistance to pests and chemical dependence. Sustainability looks at the environmental system as a whole. In the vineyard, it may incorporate human made products or “natural” products, and it will likely use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques. In the winery, minimal-additive winemaking philosophies will always be present.
In the last few weeks, I have been tasting and drinking a fair share of eco responsible and sustainable wines which I will keep reporting in the weeks to come. Here are six affordable wines to get you started in the sustainable wine movement.
Planeta Alastro 2016 SAQ # 11034361 $22 ( Sicily, Italy)
Alastro is a 100 % Grecanico bottle from one of the best Sicilian wine producers, Planeta. Although not 100 % biological yet, Planeta has received the SOSTAIN sustainability certification from University of Piacenza and Milan. This is a beautiful white that exhibits complex floral notes that brings to mind chamomile with bright notes of peach cream. On the palate, this wine has a very zesty acidity with saline flavours and citrus aromas. A very crisp finale. Enjoy it with grilled swordfish.
Jean Perrier Cuvée Gastronomie Apremont 2016 SAQ # 11965182 $16.50
( Savoie and Bugey, France)
Founded in 1853. Gilbert Perrier and his son are the fifth and sixth generation to make wine in this picturesque Alpine region. The domain has slowly expanded over the generations, but maintaining quality has always been the priority. Vineyard work is sustainable.
Apremont is 100% Jacquere. A very crisp wine recalling citrus and herbal aromas on the nose. On the mouth, it is very fresh and round recalling tropical fruit aromas. I loved the chic crisp finale of this wine. Perfect with smoked salmon for the weekend brunches.
Vignobles JeanJean Le Pive Gris 2017 SAQ # 11372766 $15.25
( Sable de Camargue, Languedoc-Roussillon)
A biological rose wine made with Grenache, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A lovely nose featuring aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry with hints of lavender and verbena leaf. On the mouth, fresh, fruit forward and easy going. Buy by the case and keep it handy once the lobster season begins!
Gassier Le Pas du Moine Côte de Provence 2016. SAQ # 13287995, $23.80 ( Côtes de Provence, Provence)
Another stunning biological rose made with Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle and Syrah. Delicate nose bringing to mind watermelon, sour cherry and cranberry with dry Italian herbs. On the mouth, very elegant with a mouthwatering acidity. A gastronomical rose to enjoy with seafood pasta in light tomato cream sauce.
Domaine Lafond Roc-Épine Lirac (Bio) 2014 SAQ # 13287979 $22.50
( Lirac, Rhone Valley)
This Lirac is made with 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, certified biological by Ecocert in France. Heavenly aromas of cherries, wild thyme and rosemary with hints of liquorice and rose petals. On the mouth, rich with an incredible suave texture leaving a fine earthy garrigue undertones. Long and very caressing in the palate. Amazing balance and harmony. Perfect with grilled pork tenderloin in a Dijon honey marinade.
Péraclos Montagne St-Émilion 2012 SAQ # 12711424 $19.70 ( St-Emilion, Bordeaux)
The coop Vignerons de Puisseguin makes an amazing Bordeaux with incredible value for under $20. A Bordeaux blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, that seduces with its aromas of dark cherry and plum jam with soft nuances of dark chocolate praline. On the mouth, a very creamy texture, almost coating the palate like a soft wax. More blackcurrant flavors with soft nuances that brings to mind black pepper and vegetable extract. Very fine tannins with a beautiful length and long aftertaste. Wow wine for under $20. Enjoy it with grilled flank steak with whisky and black pepper marinade.
Disclaimer: Some of the wines below were tasted in the latest AQAVBS press tasting and others were samples given by the importer for review purposes.
Marco Giovanetti – firstname.lastname@example.org