ORGANIC WINES – The House Cellar

The Elegant Gilt Dining Room

At Gilt in the New York Palace Hotel it’s a treat to watch wine director Patrick Cappiello work his magic, pairing wines with chef Justin Bogle’s otherworldly prix fixe dinners. Luxury Wine tasting happens on Wednesday nights. Cappiello and noted wine importer Joe Dressner pull out the big guns to pair three organic wines with all six courses of Bogle’s matching organic menu. Don’t know your Occhipinti Frappata 2008 from your Clos Rougeard “Les Poyeux” 2004? Sit back and let the experts steer. Enjoy their Seasonal Recipes or visit their archives. Here are some for your convenience below, and do make them organic and locally grown for ingredients if possible:

If you are a CHEF or wine drinker visit Chartrand Imports for their TIPS. Wine remains one of the most purchased and favorite gifts to take to a dinner party. According to Chartrand many people find organic wines to be more easily drinkable and more flavorful than wines made by more industrial standards. The healthy soil contributes to a rich and full flavored wine in balance, requiring no extra additives.

Grape Vine Bonsai Tree

Grape Vine Bonsai Tree

Purchase wine from companies that support farmers who preserve their soil and their communities by avoiding the many chemical fertilizers and pesticides commonly used on grapes. Organic Wine is a continuing TREND to watch as more people demand it. Chartrand offers over 50 selected organic French, Italian and New Zealand wines, as well as wines from California and Washington State by mail order service, in most areas not served by their retailers. There are hundreds of wineries quietly making wine from organic and biodynamically grown grapes – many of which have been doing so for decades if not centuries.  Odds are strong that you’ve enjoyed organic wines and not even known it. Many Chefs today are conscientious about organic food.

Unfortunately, organic wines doesn’t necessarily mean environmentally friendly. There is a definite benefit to keeping pesticides and other chemicals out of the vineyard, the water table, and the animals that depend on both. However, the process of conventional winemaking itself is not environmentally friendly.  Carbon dioxide gas is a natural byproduct of the fermentation process, waste water management is a significant concern for wineries, and the various chemicals used for cleaning tanks/equipment, and so on are terrible for our consumption, animals, the oceans, and our soil.

If you know of other organic wines you’ve enjoyed please send us their links and your TIPS, or send a link to our HOT TIPS

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