Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Organic Bubbly for the New Year

Its time to ring in the new year, and why not ring it in green with a little organic bubbly? Organic wines are a great way to both celebrate and support the environment. Organic wine is made without the use of insecticides, fumigants or herbicides. Organic farming promotes biodiversity allowing plants other than vines to grow, and works in conjunction with insects, mites and spiders. Treehugger has a great list of recommendations for organic champagne and sparkling wine, as does the Organic Wine Journal. I recommend checking out some California sparklers from Domaine Carneros, a leading organic winery based in Sonoma and Napa. The winery was the first sparkling winery in the United States to become organic certified with all estate vineyards certified. They produce a Brut Rose called Cuvee de la Pompadour (named after Madame de la Pompadour, a great courtesan and mistress of Louis VX...ooh la la!) and a premium vintage Brut, the Brut Cuvee. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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