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Grass growing between rows of Merlot grapes is mowed at a vineyard near Galt, California April 30, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The popularity of farm-to-table restaurants and organic produce is seeping into the wine industry as more producers adopt green practices.

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But their motives for making organic, sustainable and biodynamic wine may be more personal than business, although the practices also improve the quality of the wines.

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I KNOW what you are thinking: What could possibly be said that’s new about wine and pizza? There’s nothing to it. Just pick some fresh Italian red wine, not too expensive, like Barbera d’Alba or Dolcetto di Dogliani, and be done with it.

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Yes, Champagne. If it seems like overreaching to pair elegant Champagne with humble pizza, perhaps that’s because we underestimate pizza.

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First, we must get over thinking of pizza as just a fast food. Of course, too many pizzas are made of poor industrial ingredients, rushed in a sodden cardboard box to your door. What goes with those pizzas? A burning sensation on the roof of your mouth.

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Federal Drug Administration —i.e., grapes—is increasingly popular. But wine writers everywhere see problems with it. They argue that without sulfur the wines will spoil. Others say that the wines are “homogeneously cidery and coarse” and compare them to bad vinegar. Even the esteemed critic Robert M. Parker Jr. called natural wine “one of the major scams being foisted on wine consumers.” With blog headlines such as “Natural Wine: The Ugly Underbelly,” the backlash has turned particularly harsh. So I pose the question: are we talking wine or war? Having written two books on the topic, and finding myself drinking this stuff at least 95 percent of the time, I feel protective.

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have nothing added or taken away, except maybe a bit of sulfur. Any new wine list worth its reputation will have a hefty selection of natural wines. The reason I love them is the same reason I love heirloom tomatoes, or white truffles, or bitter chocolate—they have exceptional flavor, complexity, and surprise. To borrow a theater analogy, they break the fourth wall. They cause a reaction. Sometimes, maybe, too much of one.

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element , so “natural,” much of what is used in the wine industry is petrochemical. The sulfur acts like a lid, keeping the wine safe from microbial alteration but also containing wine’s flavors. To eliminate it, or use very little of it (sulfur is allowed up to 350 parts per million; natural-wine people use up to 35ppm) the vineyard work must be fantastic. Inside the cellar, the work must be hypervigilant. The resulting juice can sometimes have a slight vinegar aroma or a hint of funk. Fans aren’t bothered by these quirks, technically called “flaws,” and the wines are hugely popular in Scandinavia, Japan, the U.S., and the U.K. There are even natural-wine importers in the Ukraine and China. As with organic food, the demand is greater than the supply.

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Elin McCoy/Bloomberg A modern chrome and orange-colored spittoon at Chateau Cheval Blanc, in St. Emilion, France. The two tasting rooms at Chateau d'Yquem were decorated with purple orchids.

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Elin McCoy/Bloomberg Dozens of bottles of wines from Margaux await tasters at the Union des Grands Crus official 2011 press tasting for the appellation's wines at Chateau Dauzac in Labarde, France. The 2011 crop was affected by excessive heat.

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Elin McCoy/Bloomberg Poured barrel samples of first growth Chateau Latour's three wines -- Pauillac, Les Forts de Latour, and the grand vin -- in the chateau's tasting room. The grand vin is one of the best wines of the vintage.

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Jordan Vineyard and Winery has sold 269 acres of land, including 110 acres of vineyards, in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley to Lytton Rancheria of California, a Native American tribe. This was the original vineyard that the Jordan family purchased when they founded their winery in 1972, and it sits close to—but was not part of—the original Lytton Rancheria tribal territory. Purchase price was not disclosed.

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The Lytton Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe of Pomo Native Americans. Their holdings include commercial buildings and land holdings in Santa Rosa and Windsor, as well as the San Pablo Lytton Casino, located about 20 minutes east of San Francisco in San Pablo. “The tribe was looking at economic diversification,” said their attorney, Larry Stidham. He added that their main interest in purchasing the parcel is because it is “close to the land that was illegally taken away from them by the federal government.” Jordan Vineyard and Winery was founded in 1972 when Denver oil and gas executive Tom Jordan and his wife, Sally, purchased this 269-acre piece of property, planting it to Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then they have acquired additional land—after this sale, Jordan will own more than 1,200 acres of land with 110 acres planted to grapes. Jordan makes two wines, an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a Russian River Valley Chardonnay.

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Though this parcel was their original vineyard site, the Jordans have since focused their vineyard plantings off of the valley floor on higher elevation hillsides and benchlands, where they feel the soil is better-suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. Jordan CEO John Jordan called the parcel sold “a piece of land that is no longer capable of delivering the quality of grapes we demand.” “The land is zoned for agriculture, but we’ve let 60 percent of the property go fallow since John [Jordan] embarked on winemaking quality enhancements in 2006,” explained Lisa Mattson, communications director for Jordan. Stidham said that the Lytton Rancheria does not have specific announcements of development for the property, but did say it was possible that it would remain vineyard land.

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