Americans are used to paying extra for organic meats, produce and dairy, but a few entries on our Top 10 Organic Wine list are just $11 a bottle. So why not do right by the world -- and yourself -- by going green the next time you're in the wine shop? You're guaranteed to have a good bottle of vino and a conversation-starter. Enjoy our selections of Top 10 Organic Wines.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz $11 Santa Julia is a brand produced by Familia Zuccardi, the largest family-owned winery in Argentina. Half of their estate vineyards, located in Mendoza, are certified organic. The 2011 Chardonnay Orgánica is a medium-bodied, dry white wine offering a fruity bouquet of apple, pear, banana and pineapple.
Indian Rosé $13 The Michlits family makes their BioKult wines from grapes that are certified organic by both the USDA and Austrian Bio Garantie. Vinified from the native Blauer Zweigelt varietal, it is a dry rosé with a pleasant 12.5 per cent alcohol. The wine boasts tart strawberry, kiwi and melon flavors with a touch of minerality.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 100 Lake County wines captured top awards including three Best of Class honors and three Double Gold awards at this year's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) announced this week.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India Vigilance Winery & Vineyards won Best of Class with its 2010 Red Hills Lake County Petite Sirah. Additionally, Best of Class was awarded to Sol Rouge for its 2009 Lake County Cabernet Franc and to Writer's Block (Steele Wines) for its 2010 Lake County Syrah.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Shed Horn Cellars received Double Gold for its 2009 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon, Lavender Blue won Double Gold for its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and Chacewater Wine was honored with Double Gold for its 2010 Red Hills Lake County Malbec.
As we have for the past decade, in early January we headed to the Sonoma County town of Cloverdale to judge the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Chenin Blanc India This year, the competition included 5,500 American wines, making it the largest wine judging in the country. It is a lot of fun, and we always come away with several insights. Here are a few from this year's competition.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India Medal counts. Overall, wineries from Washington and Oregon won eight best-of-class awards, meaning they were the top wines in their respective categories.
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--> Many winners from three Washington wineries On Wine Adviser Paul Gregutt's radar are wines from Arbor Crest, Kaella and Maison Bleue, a winery that commanded his attention from its first releases almost five years ago.
Sauvignon Blanc India HERE'S A QUICK look through a wonderful collection of new releases from wineries — one old, one new, one Bleue (sic) — that offer superb value and exceptional quality.
Chenin Blanc India 2010 Conner Lee Vineyard Cabernet Franc ($22); and 2010 Four Vineyards Merlot ($18), the Pick of the Week. Though prices have risen slightly, the quality speaks for itself.
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Characteristics: Complex, well-balanced red wine made with Texas grapes, with velvety smooth tannin and flavor. Distinctive aromas of violets, black pepper and cassis with undertones of vanilla and chocolate.
Rosé India Another wine competition and 32 more Texas wines strut their stuff. This time more than 60 judges gathered in San Francisco to judge, review, critique and establish in their opinions who makes the best wines in this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Sauvignon Blanc India Gold medals were earned by Sister Creek Vineyards with their 2012 Muscat Canelli from 5 Star Vineyards their 2010 Merlot from the Stage Ranch Vineyards. Sister Creek Vineyards is located in historic Sisterdale in an old cotton gin in the Texas Hill Country. Singing Water Vineyards near Comfort in the Texas Hill Country earned a Gold Medal for its 2010 Vintner’s Reserve, a Bordeaux-style wine. Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, west of Fort Worth, earned a Gold Medal with their 2011, a white wine blend.
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