Archive for the ‘Organic’ Category


Austrian Wine and the 2014 Harvest ~ Let’s Learn

[Image from the Pratsch Vineyards.] Thanks to Winesellers, Ltd., my global palate experiences are growing by leaps and bounds. What this has to do with YOU is that what I am leaning, I’m passing along. And, it’s with the hope that you step outside of your own comfort zone. Search out these worldwide wines. What […]


Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if […]


Understanding sulfites’ role in wines

Véronique Raskin and I have embarked on a journey that has to do with organic wines. And, we really got things going…. That I know for sure. When I saw a link coming in from Italy, I knew that this is huge. Meanwhile, Véronique also knows that this is her moment to finally get out […]


Véronique’s secrets of Organic Wines

Véronique’s secrets of Organic Wines continues to amaze me… A story that’s been a long time coming, and a story that a wine magazine with advertisers would never touch, this story has been incubating within Véronique Raskin’s psyche. Yesterday, I said that it’s a saga, and that it is. It’s also going to be a […]


The shocking truths behind organic wines in the United States

Once upon a time (the 1970s), in a far off land (France), the idea and practice of organic farming began to take root and shape its history. According to the Organics Institute: “The modern organic movement began at the same time as industrialized agriculture. It began in Europe around the 1920s, when a group of […]


Today’s organic wine options are superlative

Jose and I, with our friends Sue Straight (Wine Wench) and Mindy Joyce (Sugar Fly Marketing), recently tasted 17 imported, organic wines. It’s always insightful, when the wines are from another countries. And this time, most especially, since they were all organic. I’ve been an organic proponent since the 1960s. It just made great sense […]


Sitelines at Tres Sabores was splendor in the vines

Sitelines at Tres Sabores was a delicious midsummer night’s dream. Promoted by Julie Johnson and her husband Jon Engelskirger, this year’s event was their second annual (if indeed this is to be an annual event). If it is and you love the arts, you don’t want to miss it next year. I did overhear someone […]


Chilean wine flavors are derived from the most unique of conditions + two delicious examples

Chile’s unique and varying terroir has distinct geographic barriers: the Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Patagonian ice fields to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Each defined geographic point makes Chile a truly unique agricultural haven for wine grape growing. As a singular wine grape […]


Days of Crimson And Clover ~ Or, do organic wines really taste better?

The 1960s, 70s, and early 80s were very good to and for me. I deliberately sacrificed a lot of materialism, for which the universe delivered copious hours to study and practice many subjects of great personal interest: nutrition and gardening, organically buying my organic foods in a “health food store” (the only place to get […]


“Jo, you are promulgating some awful myths” ~ The Primer & The Proper Response

This was a comment on my story about organic wines: Jo, you are promulgating some awful myths… What follows is the The Primer & The Proper Response backup, because who can leave all of this below in a comment box? Let me just state first and foremost, I’m a product of the “Summer of Love.” […]