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April, 2007

Greetings from Wines by Jennifer!

As some of you may already know, Jennifer has been invited by the online magazine, Boomer Girl, to be their exclusive wine section contributor.

The subject of Jennifer's most recent article (not yet published) is "Secrets of 'Organic' Wines – Part I," and because we're featuring organic wines in celebration of Earth Day on our Tasting Room table this week, we thought you might enjoy a "sneak preview" of this month's article before it's published:

At Wines by Jennifer, we’ve seen an increased interest in “organic” wines, but there is much more to this subject than meets the eye, so let’s spend a few minutes in Part I of this two-part series learning about the various vineyard practices in use today.

Viticulture (taken from the Latin word for vine) means the cultivation of grapes, and when the grapes are used for winemaking, it is better known as viniculture. Viti/viniculture is but one branch of the broader science of horticulture.

There are four categories of vineyard practice available to a viticulturalist. Listed from the most human intervention to the least, they are:

• Conventional Vineyard
• Sustainable Vineyard
• Organic Vineyard
• Biodynamic Vineyard

In order to be certified beyond the Conventional Vineyard category, a vineyard will be subjected to strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of the end-product. Of course, with this certification process comes increased cost, so expect to pay more for wines that are certified sustainable, organic, or biodynamic.

Now, let’s take a closer look at each category:

Conventional Vineyard

Like other conventional agriculture, the Conventional Vineyard is human-centric and seeks to control nature to the fullest extent possible to benefit man. The soil is seen as an inert growing medium; i.e., nutrients are provided to the plant, not the soil.

Both pre-emergent and contact use of synthetic chemicals is approved to control weeds and disease. Irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers are common, and tractor use in the fields is utilized whenever necessary.

Sustainable Vineyard

The Sustainable Vineyard is ecosystem-centered and part of the larger concept of sustainability. It seeks to preserve the natural resources of the earth and create an economy and society that is sustainable over time, allowing future generations the same opportunities to farm that are enjoyed today.

The Sustainable Vineyard sees the soil as a living organism to be fed and enriched so that it can feed the plant. Only contact herbicides are allowed for weed control, and chemical use is limited for disease control.

Synthetic fertilizers are freely allowed, while irrigation is allowed but regulated.

Tractors are used as little as possible, with bio-diesel tractor use preferred.

Organic Vineyard

With the advent of USDA National Organic Standards, “organic” has become a legal term. Certification is a rigorous process taking a full three years.

The Organic Vineyard is ecosystem-centered, and views the soil as a living organism to be fed and enriched with organic compost and cover crops.

No chemicals are allowed for weed control. Only certified-organic products are allowed for disease control and fertilization.

Irrigation and tractor use is allowed as necessary.

Biodynamic Vineyard

The Biodynamic Vineyard takes organic to another level. It is cosmos-centered; i.e., the farm is managed as a living organism in complete harmony with the energy and life-force of the sun, moon, and planets.

The soil is viewed as the underground part of the universe with its own life and cosmic force, to be built through the use of compost and biodynamic sprays.

No chemicals are allowed for weed control. Disease control is accomplished only through the use of biodynamically-prepared organic materials.

Fertilization is limited to the use of biodynamically-prepared organic products. Both irrigation and tractor use are discouraged, with horse-drawn equipment as the preferred alternative to tractor use.

It’s important to understand that vineyard practices are just one piece of the equation affecting a wine’s organic status. Stay tuned for Part II of this series, when we’ll go beyond the vineyard and explore organics from the winemaker’s perspective.

In the meantime, Wines by Jennifer will be featuring “Organic Wines to Celebrate Earth Day” on our Tasting Room table the week of April 17th, so stop in and taste some of the best organic wines available today. We’ll be happy to help you pick out the “organic” wine that’s right for you then or anytime.

Keep up with all of Jennifer's Boomer Girl articles here.

And finally, we recently received some nice press from our friends at The Platte County Citizen in their special "Women in Business" section. Read what they had to say...

Inside This Issue:

Upcoming Special Events

Upcoming Tasting Room Selections

Wine Club Wine of the Month

Cellar Club Wine of the Month

Recipe of the Month

Featured Artist

Pinot's "Fun Wine Factoids"

Wine Trivia Contest

Featured Customers

Featured Testimonial

Recommended Resources

The Last Sip

Past Newsletters












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Pinot's "Fun Wine Factoids"

"Pinot" - Official Feline of Wines by Jennifer


  • Portugal is by far the main source of wine corks. At one time it produced thirteen billion of them per year.

  • Italy has about 900,000 registered vineyards, and more than a thousand grape varieties.

  • As a rule of thumb, grapes grown in higher altitudes lead to higher acidity.

  • While California is the American state producing by far the most wine, all fifty states can claim at least one commercial winery.

  • Napa Valley recently surpassed Disneyland as California’s No. 1 tourist destination with 5.5 million visitors a year.

Rainbow over the Wine Garden at Wines by Jennifer

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Wines by Jennifer Wine Trivia Contest

Submit the correct answer by April 30th and win a free wine tasting compliments of Wines by Jennifer. In the event of multiple correct answers, the winner will be chosen by random drawing.


Three different grapes are typically used in French Champagne. Can you name them?

(Congratulations to last month's winner, Diane Pike, who was drawn from several correct respondents who all knew that there are 13 authorized grape varietals in Chateauneuf du Pape!)

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Simply ask Jennifer if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful line of health and wellness products. Take charge of your health and well-being and treat yourself right. You deserve it!

Wines by Jennifer Featured Customers

Sherri and Larry Killer

Proud Parents Sherri and Larry Killer with Baby LaurenOur good friends and longtime Wine Club members Sherri and Larry Killer recently welcomed a new addition to their family - a beautiful baby girl, Lauren.

Lauren was born on October 31st, 2006, and weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long.

Sherri and Larry recently stopped by the shop to show her off, and we're so happy they did.

Congratulations Sherri and Larry - she's beautiful!

Featured Testimonial

Dear Jennifer,

I just wanted to let you know that I went to a wine tasting party a couple of weeks ago. As my entry I took the Cantine Sant'Agata Ruche. I thought the label was funny because it said 9.99. They ended up covering up the label anyway, but the end result was my wine won out of 23 bottles of wine. Great job in picking a winner! You do a great job on deciding the wine of the month.

I look forward to the weather warming up and having some wine tastings on the patio.

Gwen Gorman

(Submit a testimonial about your experience at Wines by Jennifer and if we select it for inclusion in a future newsletter, you'll win a complimentary wine tasting at Wines by Jennifer.)

Recommended Resources

"Windows on the World"

Complete Wine Course

Windows on the World - Complete Wine CourseThis extraordinary, easy-to-use course on wine written by Kevin Zraly has been universally praised by wine experts and beginners alike. Zraly worked at New York's famous Windows on the World Restaurant from its opening in 1976 until September 11, 2001. He is the founder and teacher of the hugely popular Windows on the World Wine School that has graduated over 15,000 students since its inception.

This book provides a comprehensive course on wine: the basics of tasting wine, matching wine and food, and strategies for stocking your cellar. Nuances of each of the major wine regions of the world are discussed in detail, along with advice on the best vintages for each of these regions.

Well-known for his witty and irreverent style, Zraly has written a book that you'll breeze through, but also find yourself referring back to again and again. Although it is an excellent primer for beginners, even experienced wine lovers will benefit from reading this book.

The Last Sip


"Whether wine is a nourishment, medicine or poison is a matter of dosage."

- Paracelsus (1493 - 1541)
German Physician and Father of Modern Pharmacology


That's all, folks - see you next month!

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