Earth Month: Biodynamic and Organic Bonterra


As Earth Month 2018 draws to a close, we want to draw YOUR attention to the 2016 American Winery of the Year Bonterra, an organic and biodynamic winery based in Mendocino County California that I visited in November on a press trip before the Wine Bloggers Conference and which #Winestudio featured in January 2018.

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Highlights: Oregon Wine Trail in LA 2018

Fans of Oregon wine at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles

At Tuesday’s Oregon Wine Trail in LA, it was remarkable how many comments we overheard from people talking about how great the event was!  While some 330 people gathered in LA at the Line Hotel on Wilshire in Koreatown to get a taste of Portland and Oregon wine and culture, it never felt too crowded at the 50 wine tasting tables and there was plenty of amazing food to fuel us from Olympia Provisions, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and the Oregon Cheese Guild. Continue reading

Oregon Wine Trail In LA: Biodynamic Cooper Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Did you know that Oregon has the most certified sustainable vineyard land of any major U.S. wine growing state? That’s why Oregon is justifiably well known for sustainable farming AND winemaking practices including organic and biodynamic wines like Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Troon Vineyards in southern Oregon which we wrote about last year (Vermintino in May) and Malbec in February.

It’s pretty simple actually: great wine starts with great land — land that is healthy and full of life!

Today Tuesday, April 24, Sue and I will be tasting lots of Oregon wine in Los Angeles at the Line Hotel on 3515 Wilshire. Continue reading

Toast Earth Day With Biodynamic Sparkling Wines from Roederer and Johan

For your Earth Day toasting pleasure, may we suggest two biodynamic wines from the US?

Today, April 22, 2018, is Earth Day. First designated in 1970 following a number of ecological crisis related to industrial development and pollution, Earth Day called attention to the plight of the planet and led to changes in laws and practices including the development of the Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, and more important legislation in the United States.

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Picpoul Goes Southern Style with Shrimp and Grits


Not too familiar with Picpoul? We’re not either but we’re learning!

After two outings in two months with this zesty, racy grape, we’re fast fans of this super acidic grape that is one of the thirteen allowed blending grapes in the Rhone’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Picpoul is also grown south of the Rhone in the Languedoc region, where it is one of the oldest domestic grape varieties.  Because of its susceptibility to fungal diseases like powdery mildew and because it is low yielding, it fell out of favor,

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Organic Argentina Gaia for Earth Month with Locro

Happy Earth Month (April!), Earth Week (this one!) and Earth Day (Sunday!)!

How are YOU celebrating the Earth this month? Not sure?

Well, we have a few ideas (SURPRISE!) here on Wine Predator. Today’s post focuses on organic wine from Argentina’s  organic Domaine Bousquet “Gaia” brand paired with a vegetarian South American menu. Continue reading

Wines to help you through the tax season

April 15 aka Tax Day, has come and gone!  Did you get your taxes done in time?

Fortunately, this year, because Tax Day April 15 is a Sunday, and because Washington DC celebrates Emancipation Day with a holiday on Monday April 16, this year, like last year and the year before,

we all have a reprieve until Tuesday April 17.

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