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Organic Wine, Spirits and Beer

A key point to add at this stage is the difference between organically grown grapes - fruit from vineyards grown without the use of industrial fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides - and wines made without synthetic preservative additives.

Organic Vineyards ? Where it all begins!

An organic vineyard is one where grapes are grown without chemical fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides, or other synthetic chemicals. This prevents damage to soil and ensures that no chemicals end up in the wine as residue. Organic farmers aim to maintain healthy, biologically active soil whose fertility is provided by plants that fix nitrogen from the air. In the vineyard it means planting cover crops between the avenues of the vines instead of applying herbicide. Naturally occurring plant or mineral extracts leave no residue in the soil, and weeds are kept down with the use of mechanical and hand hoes. Biodiversity is promoted through the plants, which help regulate the vineyard soil by attracting beneficial insects, spiders and predatory mites.

The Role of Certification and the Organic Market

When a label says organic, it means the wine has met certain standards that are set by a government agency. Different nations have their own certification criteria, so whats organic in one country may not be so in another. In the UK the Soil Association is the most recognized and used certification body.
Many wineries that are technically organic still choose not to be certified. There are many reasons for this. Some do not want the added costs and bureaucracy of registering. Others may disagree with their governments standards. Whatever the case, they are not allowed to use organic on their labels.
There is a national government target for 30 per cent of all UK farmland to be organic or in conversion by 2010, and 20 per cent of the food consumed to be organic by 2010. The UK grocery market was worth $206 billion in 2006 and USA 634.7$ billion. This growth in the organic food market will have a knock on effect on the drinks industry and will meet the ever-growing demand from consumers for organic wine, which is better for drinkers and better for the environment.

Financial Incentives to Companies to turn Organic

In 2005, 39% of the world organic farmland is in Australia and New Zealand. To combat this The European Union (EU) offers financial support to organic farmers as an incentive for farmers to convert to organic production and help the sector grow. These grants provide farmers with assistance during the period of conversion to organic farming which usually takes three years.

Organic spirits

While not so widely available as organic wine, organic spirits are available through specialist suppliers. The production process for organic spirits does not differ widely from conventional production. The main difference lies in the use of organic raw materials. Organic beers tend to use organic hops in production. Organic beer is now available in a number of pubs and supermarkets throughout the UK.

Fancy visiting an organic vineyard?

If you are into Organic wine why not visit Englands Premier organic vineyard. In addition to processing fruit on site, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is one of the main tourist attractions in the 1066 Country region in and around Hastings attracting some 5,000 visitors per annum to its Vineyard & Woodland Nature Trail + Wine tasting.

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Update Your Wine Wardrobe

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:11:38 PDT
With spring in the air, we begin to think about new beginnings. We look to spruce up our homes, yards, and update our wardrobe for the season. Don't forget to update your wine wardrobe and to accessorize with some new glassware!

Home vineyards in Northern Nevada? (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 01:41:42 PDT
More Northern Nevadans are establishing home vineyards, discovering the satisfaction of growing their own grapes and making their own wine. Growing productive wine grapes, Vitis vinifera, in northern Nevada may not be as crazy as it sounds! In fact, University of Nevada, Reno has been experimenting with "viticulture," the science of growing grapes, and "enology," winemaking, since 1995, with ...

Wineries to Visit in Fredericksburg Texas

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:09:18 PDT
Texas is the 5th largest wine producing state in the nation and home to more than 130 wineries. One of the most popular Texas weekend wine tours is in Fredericksburg, TX. Wine taste at over 20 local wineries plus choose from over 900 hotels/motels and over 300 bed & breakfasts/guest houses. Sip and stay in the unofficial capital of food and wine.

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Wine and Gift Baskets: A Great Pairing

Wine and cheese may be a classic pairing, but the the perfect wine for a special occasion is is the ultimate pairing. Can you think of an occasion where wine won't make for better enjoyment? Neither can I.

The holiday season may as well be called the party season because of all the festivities that take place. Unplanned get togethers and unexpected guests are a common occurrence. In situations like these you don't want to be seen as a poor host. It's best to stock up so that won't happen.

Merchants expect large orders at this time of year and offer special deals on large shipments. Some employers like to include a bottle of wine as part of the employee Christmas bonus. For those employees that don't drink, non alcoholic versions are available as well.

If you're a guest to a holiday party, a bottle of wine is always a tasteful token of appreciation to offer your host. It shows you appreciate their efforts and builds good will. In fact, good wine shared over a good meal on special occasions makes for lasting memories.

If you're entertaining clients near the holidays, consider having a wine gift basket waiting in their room on arrival. Wine gift baskets are available for every special occasion, but imagine your client finding a beautiful basket waiting in their hotel room. It will get things off on the right foot. The ingredients of these baskets are gourmet quality and are picked to go expressly with the chosen wine--great pairings like truffles and champagne.

Not to worry if your dealing with a beer lover. Imported beer baskets are thoughtfully conceived to include great pub beers with goodies like pistachios and pretzels in the basket. Your beer lover can enjoy them while watching a football game--whether that's the NFL or UEFA variety. Cheers!

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