How to pick a Green Wine

It’s no secret I love a good glass of wine. With the 100’s of bottles to choose from it might be difficult to find the best one for you. Many wines declare they are green, but what do all the labels on the bottles really mean?

100 Percent Organic – The US Government regulates the term “Organic”. To have this on the label the wine has to have been grown using NO commercial fertilizers or pesticides. It also can not have been grown using any commercial fungicides or herbicides.  Basicly no chemical or GMO’s.

Biodynamic – The concept of Biodynamics started in the 1920’s with an Austrian philosopher named Rudolph Steiner. It is a holistic, homeopathic manner of farming that, of course, also includes viticulture. It is the oldest, anti-chemical agricultural movement that predates the creation of organic farming by about twenty years. This wine is grown in a vineyard that is approached as its own Ecosystem. It does not follow common wine making manipulations like adding yeast or adjusting the acidity in the wine. Thsi wine is grown using no chemicals or GMO’s.

Sustainable – This is just a step down from the Organic. Meaning it is less restrictive. Some herbicides are allowed for this label. The vineyard that uses this wine designation follows energy conservation, for example rain water and winery waste water are captured and used to irrigate the vineyard. Most sustainable vineyards also follow Social Responsibility and economically viable practices.

Vegan – Some times during the wine making process egg whites,  fish oils, gelatin or other animal products are used to filtering the wine. Thankfully, there are several common fining agents that are animal-friendly and used to make vegan wine. Carbon, limestone, plant casein, and vegetable plaques are all alternatives. You can check your local organic or health food stores, local organic winemakers, and co-op’s, and most regular wine/liquor stores will order vegan wines upon request if they do not carry them already. To get a Vegan label no animal products are used in the process.

 

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