Wine Lands is coming up in San Francisco, part of the big music festival Outside Lands Aug. 9-11 in Golden Gate Park.
Pairing specific bands or songs with wines is just one of the games wine lovers are playing in advance of the festival.
A few of the wines served to our hipster and trendy crowd will be from organic vineyards - hurray!
Hopefully one day hipsters will "get" that organic vineyards, not just microlabels, are the real hipster heaven. Perhaps we'll have hipster microlabels who understand why [certified] organic vineyards matter. [Hint: it does not cost more for many folks out there.]
In the meantime, if you're attending, seek these out:
WINERIES WHERE ALL THEIR WINES ARE MADE FROM ORGANIC VINEYARDS
Long Meadow Ranch
All organic, all the time, all the way - from the veggies on the plate to the wine in the glass. And the wine's just fine - no Napa fruit bombs. Low alcohol, food friendly wines.
(Certification not bottle labeled.)
Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Tight, refined wines from 100% organic vineyards, mostly in the Carneros (which is still warmer than Bordeaux). They are best known for the Pinots, and their whites (Alsatian varieties) but the Bordeaux blend (POV) is also a big volume seller. Their Vin Gris (a rose) is their most popular coin of the realm with the wine cognoscenti.
Certification bottle labeled on the back ("ingredients").
WINERIES WITH SOME WINES MADE FROM ORGANIC VINEYARDS
This SF-based Pinot devotee has one organically sourced wine: its Turner Vineyard Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County's Santa Rita Hills AVA.
The next gen wine label from the Benziger clan and friends. They'll be pouring their organically grown Sauvignon Blanc and their biodynamic Rose.
A Santa Barbara County winery that makes conventional, organic AND biodynamic wines. They'll be pouring their Albarino at their booth. Yowsa. It's biodynamically grown and a former winner of the LA Times wine pick of the week. (It's also recommended as a great wine to accompany salads with vinaigrette dressing.)
Turley Wine Cellars
The historic White Zin appears to be the must serve at this event.