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Snooth User: Erica Landin

Organic wines - good or bad?

Original post by Erica Landin, Aug 29, 2012.

Hi all! I've recently posted three different lists of organic wines. Since I'm really interested in organic and biodynamic farming, I'd love to hear your tips on favorite wines in these categories. Is there anything you think I should taste? Also, it tends to be a topic on which people have strong opinions. What is yours? What do you think about when you hear "organic" in conjunction with wine?

(The picture is of one of the rare pre-phylloxera vines still alive and kicking in Europe - this one in Ribera del Duero at the Cillar de Silos property)



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Reply by Erica Landin, Sep 5, 2012.

I'm enjoying the discussion, just wanted to give you guys the link to my site - today I only posted a review of what I have written on, but since only my writing is in English there it is easier to click from my blog.

The first link is to a producer interview from Monday. Tamburlaine is Australia's largest organic/biodynamic producer. Their general range is not yet in the US but they just got a new importer who is bringing it in. Nice, fresh Aussie wines for a BBQ!

Reply by Terence Pang, Sep 5, 2012.

Tamburlaine certainly isn't a label you'll see floating around the Australian drinking circles. Maybe it's got something to do with coming out from Orange NSW as that region is know more for producing high volume products. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure my regular suppliers even stock it. They're also organic, not biodynamic (from a certification point of view anyway).

For biodynamic wine producers, top of the crop would have to be Cullen (Margaret River) and Kalleske (Barossa Valley). I know that there are many small-sized operations who simply aren't bothered to get the biodynamic certification because of the associated costs.

Reply by Erica Landin, Sep 6, 2012.

Tamburlaine isn't perhaps "top of the crop" but really nice, fresh wines in a more budget friendly category (most are below 20 USD). Their US importer only takes in a second range, specifically made for the US market, but they just got a new one who will take in the regular stuff. It's not something for wine-nerd-tastings but definitely quite drinkable for an evening with friends. Their Orange property is run biodynamically and their Hunter property is organic. They have long-term agreements with a few other vineyards which are generally organic, not biodynamic, and the certification for the wine is organic.

I've been looking at Cullen, for a visit, though I haven't tried the wines. MacForbes seems to be conversion, no? There are many nice ones, especially as you say - small, uncertified ones,

Reply by Terence Pang, Sep 6, 2012.

Speaking of cultivating the best strains of wild yeasts, here's an article about the application of Next Generation Sequencing to better identify yeast strains. This is specially for the science nerds on this board.

Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2012 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Comparative genomics: a revolutionary tool for wine yeast strain development

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