Why are Organic Wine Choices Sooooo Limited?
I can't tell you how many times I have found myself standing in front of the wine selection at Publix wondering where all of the organic wine choices are. Everywhere I go, organic wine choices are sooooo limited. Even at the local, quirky little sandwich shop we love, Yellow Dog Eats, which offers organic when possible and who just expanded their menu to offer fab vegan offering, the organic wine selection is slight. While trying to find a great organic red I have literally said out loud, "Where the h@ll is all the organic wine?" Well I think I finally may have found the answer!
After reading an extremely informative and surprisingly interesting article in the LA Times online today, I discovered that apparently it all comes down to sulfites, taste and the strict organic labeling laws. In order to legally label a wine organic, it must not contain more than 10 parts per million of sulfites as compared to 350 ppm in traditional wines. This scares off many wine makers as sulfites are important for taste and freshness.
There is more to the story, though, so take a minute and read the LA Times article and let me know what you think.
Photo Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
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