Thursday, September 18, 2014

Old Vine White - Compagni Portis - Arrives at Carlisle Winery

Carlisle Winery doesn't source organic fruit overall, but there are a few, coveted old vine vineyards it buys grapes from that are certified organic - and the renowned Compagni Portis - a rare, heritage, white field blend - is one of them.

Here's the fruit arriving at Carlisle's winery. It was bigger harvest than usual - hurray! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Harvest at Chacewater's Nevada City Vineyards

Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill is one of the few wineries in the Sierra Foothills to grow organically. Here's a shot from their harvest up in Nevada City last week and if you want to see more, enjoy their vineyard tour video below.

Ponderosa Vineyard, Nevada City, CA : Chacewater Winery from Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill on Vimeo.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pinot on the River - Oct. 26 in Healdsburg

The annual tasting - with more than 100 wineries participating - of top Pinot Noirs, mostly from Sonoma, takes place Oct. 26 in Healdsburg.

If you're looking for organically grown Pinot Noirs, here are some of the wineries that you can seek out at the event:


100% of Brand

• Canihan, Sonoma Coast AVA
• Masut, Mendocino AVA

Selected Wines Only

• DeLoach - Masut, Mendocino AVA
• Handley Cellars, Anderson Valley AVA
• Morgan Winery (all wines from the Double L vineyard) - Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
• Talisman - Adastra, Los Carneros AVA


Selected Wines Only

• DeLoach - Estate Pinot, Russian River Valley AVA
• DeLoach - Maboroshi, Russian River Valley AVA
• Littorai - Mays Canyon Pinot, Sonoma Coast AVA

(*A certification type that means no additives of any kind, except for sulfites, are in the wine.)

Selected Wines Only

• Benziger Family Winery - Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast

Our apps Organically Napa, Organically Sonoma, Biodynamic Vine Finder, and Biodynamic Wine Finder all have details on these wines including pricing, scores and vineyard and winemaking details.

Of course, if you're making a trip to the area, you might also want to taste at other area wineries with organically or Biodynamically grown wines - including local gems Porter Bass and Porter Creek. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Harvest Beauty Shots, Continued - Eher's Estate in Napa Valley

From last night's Merlot the heart of Napa Valley...a little north of the town of St. Helena...some goooood lookin' (Biodynamic) grapes!

Thanks to Kevin Morrissey, Ehler's winemaker and general manager, for posting these on Ehler's Facebook page.

Harvest Beauty Shots, Continued - Beckmen Vineyards, Ballard Canyon (Santa Barbara County)

Harvest is happening throughout Santa Barbara County. Check out this picture from Beckmen's Facebook page to see the state of the grapes.

You can learn more about Beckmen's (Biodynamic) Ballard Canyon vineyard in this video shot in April 2014:

Beckmen's one of the county's best Syrah and Grenache producers.

Here's what Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck had this to say about the current Beckmen releases: "...a superb lineup from the team at Beckmen, and across the board these wines showed an uncommon level of polish and finesse."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Harvest Beauty Shots - Solminer Wine Co., Santa Barbara County

Anna deLaski
Solminer Wine Co., an up and coming artisanal winery in Santa Barbara County, just got its 3 acres of vineyards certified this summer, making 2014 its first harvest of certified grapes.

(It takes three years to become certified.)

Proprietors Anna and David deLaski have 2 acres of Syrah and two Austrian varietals (Anna is from Austria).

Steve Clifton (f Brewer-Clifton fame) is the winemaker.

Estate Syrah

The youngst deLaski, photographed enjoying his Labor Day
(Those grapes are organic...)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Harvest Beauty Shots, Continued...McEvoy Picks Pinot in Marin County

Picking Pinot at Azaya Vineyard in Marin County...for McEvoy Ranch's new Pinot Noirs...

These are the only certified organic vines in Marin County.

You can try McEvoy's wines in their SF Ferry Building store.

Star Lots of the Sonoma Wine Country Auction - The Organic Among Them

The 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Auction raised $4 million for local charities over the holiday weekend - more than double that of last year's auction.

Vintners with organic estate vines - including Hamel Family Estate, Stone Edge, and Kamen Estate Wines - participated in two very exciting lots.

LOT 11 - HAMEL FAMILY ESTATE - Raised $250,000

The Hamel family made headlines for its lavish, high roller 6 course dinner for 25 couples featuring a culinary dream team of 6 James Beard Award winning chefs. 

The chefs include Gary Danko, Craig Stoll of Delfina, Nancy Oakes of Boulevard, Tory Miller of L’Etoile, Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park; and Belinda Leong of Manresa and b. patisserie. 


Vintners in the newly designated appellation of Moon Mountain District AVA (on the Sonoma side of Mt. Veeder) put together a luxe weekend long tour for four complete with gourmet meals, wine tasting and accommodations. 

The winners will enjoy a guided tour of the area, including a helicopter ride, and a private tasting and dinner at Kamen Estate with vintner Robert Kamen, vineyard manager Phil Coturri and winemaker Mark Herold. A catered brunch on Sunday at Stone Edge's beautiful Silver Cloud estate caps off the weekend.

Enjoy these photos from the official FB page for the auction:

Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Wines - on the left - with friends

Jean Charles Boisset with his Biodynamically grown estate Pinot

The auction proceeds support local charities, including reading programs

On the left - John Lasseter of Lasseter Family Vineyards - with a friend

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Harvest Beauty Shots, Continued - Brosseau Vineyards

Limestone and a cool climate conspire to make Brosseau Vineyards (near Pinnacles National Monument) one of California's great spots for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Copain, Fulcrum, Testarossa and now - the newly launched Brosseau Wines - make wine from it.

The vineyard was just certified organic in 2013. It's one of the very few certified vineyards in Monterey County.

Here's a shot from Fulcrum Wines' Facebook page of harvest at Brosseau this week.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Grape Love at El Jabali

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills posted some beauty shots from its Pinot Noir harvest last week. Enjoy.

El Jabali was planted by the legendary Pinot pioneer Richard Sanford in 1983. It is the oldest certified vineyard in Santa Barbara County.