Summer Sizzlers from The Organic Wine Club:
We’re finally having something approaching proper summer weather so it seemed like a great moment to review these three summer sizzlers from the Organic Wine Club. Wines are organic when no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers or anything genetically modified have been used in the grape cultivation. I’m a great fan of low intervention wines and the documentation that comes with the wines clarifies the differences between organic, bio-dynamic – made under the holistic agriculture system developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s – and natural wines – made without major intervention in the winemaking process.
The wonderful thing about organic wines is the lack of pesticide residue which makes them a ‘healthier’ option than other wines. This seems like an excuse to drink more which is always a good thing.
So we started with the Tragolargo, 2014. It’s a Mourvedre/Grenache blend with blackberry on the nose, lots of spice and strong tannins. It was terrific with a spicy tomato based dish and would even work with a curry!
Next up was the surprisingly full-bodied Redentore Pinot Grigio celebrating one of the famous Venetian festivals. This was much more robust than a Pinot Grigio normally is as well as having a rich straw colour. With aromas of apricots aroma and almond notes, it was a bit of a revelation. We drank it with a Kedgeree and it stood up very well to the mild heat of the dish.
If you haven’t tried organic wines before you should look at the list at www.organicwineclub.co.uk. There is a wide selection and it’s a fine opportunity to widen your expectations of what your favourite grape can deliver.
And meanwhile, if you’d like the chance to win a taster pack, The Organic Wine Club has offered one for a lucky London-Unattached follower.
They will also be offering all entrants an exclusive 20% discount on their first purchase!