A Special Brunch for all the Mothers: Biodynamic Champagne Roederer “Collection 243” with Quiche + Salad

Champagne Roederer

Grape growers generally don’t just wake up one morning and go from farming conventionally using synthetic pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, basically killing the soil (and in Champagne making the water some of the most polluted on Earth) and everything except the vines to farming sustainably by going organic, biodynamic and/or regenerative and renewing the ecosystem.  Vines that have been farmed with fertilizer and other synthetics basically have been on drugs, often for their entire lives, which means the vines need to be weaned off the drugs, and the soil needs to be repaired. It’s a process, and along the way, farmers– who often at heart are really scientists with farmers who are winemakers more like mad-scientists– Continue reading

A Toast to #EarthDayEveryDay and Earth Activists Everywhere with Biodynamic and Organic Waterford Whisky + Bread Pudding

 

Biodynamic and Organic Waterford Whisky with bread pudding with whiskey sauce

With Earth Day come and gone and Earth Month almost over, let’s toast to #EarthDayEveryDay and all who did so much for the Earth this month with Biodynamic and Organic Waterford Whisky! Here on Wine Predator, we love organic and biodynamic products — and we love our whisky because we do not live by wine alone! So I was thrilled when we were offered samples of these beautiful Irish Waterford Distillery bottles of whisky that are organic and biodynamic which we paired with bread pudding that Sue Hill made… and yes, with a whisky sauce and homemade whipped cream!

You wouldn’t think there would be much of a difference between the two but there is. And tasters had a strong preference one to the next!

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Robert Hall’s Deep Dive Into Differences In Farming Bears Successful Fruit: Sparkling, GSM, Cabernet Sauvignon + Pairings

Menu for a Selection of Robert Hall Cavern Select Wines

What is regenerative viticulture all about? What’s the same or different between organic, biodynamic or regenerative organic? That’s what I was trying to explain to my husband after his query as we drove back from the Santa Paula Agricultural Museum following a panel discussion on the topic of regenerative agriculture. I explained about the three legs of the stool: people, planet, profits. To me, for wine, what it really comes down to is this: in biodynamic and regenerative organic vineyards and agricultural spaces, the land is much more ALIVE: cover crops enrich the soil full of microbial activity, the air is busy with beneficial buzzing insects and birds singing, the woods and other nearby natural spaces house diverse animals. The land is ALIVE –and so is the fruit.  At Robert Hall Winery in Eastside Paso Robles, they are taking a deep dive into understanding the differences between being Certified California Sustainable Winemakers (which is an important first step) to their Regenerative Organic Certification by comparing these practices on 4o acres of their estate vineyards. Continue reading

Protect Earth with Chile’s Biodynamic Matetic EQ Sauvignon Blanc Paired with Chimichurri Blackened Halibut #WorldWineTravel

2020 Matetic Vineyards EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc with local halibut and chimichurri

In 2023, we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day– when the people of Earth first came together to officially recognize the gifts of the planet we call home, and marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. Over the past 50 years, we’ve made a lot of progress to protect out planet from pollution and resource extraction. Land is being protected, and rewilding efforts have returned animals to their homes, restoring ecosystems from soils to the skies. Organic produce and other products are easier to find– including in wine, thanks to a few pioneers in conservation, permaculture, biodynamics, agroecology, and regenerative organic viticulture.

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Countering Paris Blues with French Rosé and Monte Cristo Seasoned Fontal Sandwiches for #Winophiles

Countering Paris Blues with French Rosé and Monte Cristo

Paris. The City of Light. Named after the Parisii, a Gallic people who inhabited it early in its history. Subject of countless works of art, including films. Home to street cafes– which in turn are home to stolen kisses, substantial sighs, sips of coffee, and nibbles of treats both savory and sweet. 

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Local Wine, Local Food: Biodynamic Wine and Lamb from Gold ROC Tablas Creek in Adelaida Hills, Paso

Tablas Creek

“What grows together goes together.” “Local wine, local food.” You can’t get much more local than sheep raised among the vines. Bonus: these vines and sheep grew together at Tablas Creek in the hills above Paso Robles only about 150 miles from my home (and much less as the crow flies!)

In between rainstorms on my way to spend a few days in Paso Robles, Continue reading

Tablas Creek

“What grows together goes together.” “Local wine, local food.” You can’t get much more local than sheep raised among the vines. Bonus: these vines and sheep grew together at Tablas Creek in the hills above Paso Robles only about 150 miles from my home (and much less as the crow flies!)

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Keeping It Local with Clos des Amis Wines and Cioppino plus an Art Opening, A Bottling, and A Preview to #WinePW #EarthMonth

Keeping It Local with Clos des Amis Wine; photo of Gwendolyn Alley and friends by Claudia Miklas

“Locally grown, locally made.” That’s the message that greets you when you visit the Clos des Amis website. Many people are surprised to find that Ventura County not only has a history of wine grape growing but that wine grapes are grown here NOW– not far from where I live– and made into wine locally as well. It’s surprising because much of the wine made in Ventura County comes from elsewhere– mostly from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. but also Lodi and Los Angeles. Continue reading