Organic Wines of North America
Certified Organic: Organic farming without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
Biodynamic: A holistic approach to farming where the farm is looked upon as a living organism.
Sustainability: Farming that promotes the preservation of the land so that it continually provides for all current and future generations. The farm is never depleted.
Our feature wine for the summer is from Paul Dolan Vineyards in Mendocino County, California. The 2009 Chardonnay is made from 100% organically grown grapes from the cool climates of the Northern Benchlands, allowing for crisper acidity, and from the lush grapes of the warmer climate vineyards in Hopland. Since the wine matures mostly in stainless steel fermenting tanks, only 9% of the Chardonnay is aged in American oak barrels. There are no added malo-actic acids to promote flavor or maturation. The crisp and ripe flavors are characteristic of orchard fruits such as pear and red apple with hints of winter citrus and vanilla spice. The wine is recognized and labeled as CCOF organic-based on the California organization’s levels of practice for organic and bio-dynamic farming and is best served with salmon or chicken. CCOF was founded in 1973 as a mutual assistance and certification organization for organic farmers and was one the first organizations to perform ic certification in North America. assurance of certification with integrity.&Today, CCOF maintains one of the most consumer-recognized and trusted seals in the organic marketplace.
Organic Wines of North America By Amy Porter