Sunday, November 27, 2011

20 Years in the Making! U. C. Davis Publishes Its First Organic Winegrowing Manual

It only took 20 years, but Monsanto-ridden U.C. Davis has finally published its first organic wine growing manual! Raise your glasses, please!

Author and editor Dr. Glenn McGourty
Authored by a variety of expert contributors, the in-depth volume was edited by U. C. Davis professor and U.C. Ag Extension advisor for Mendocino and Lake Counties, Dr. Glenn McGourty, who, for decades, has been the go-to guy for answers to organic viticulture questions.

The book has extensive coverage of all aspects of organic viticulture and was written for California growers.

Today only about 2% of California's 500,000 acres of vineyards are certified organic, although about another 2-5% may also be practicing organic.

In contrast, France has 10 times the certified organic acreage that California does, with 7% of its vineyards organically certified, and a different wine culture with consumers seeking out these wines. Wine lists in restaurants often list organic and/or biodynamic wine options.

To order a copy of the manual, visit this link.

For more details about the manual, you can visit Wines and Vines to see their coverage.

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