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some of you may already know, Jennifer has been invited
by the online magazine, Boomer Girl, to be their exclusive
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:
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.
(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,
Now, let’s take a closer look at each category:
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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the correct answer by April 30th and win a free wine
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of multiple correct answers, the winner will be chosen
by random drawing.
different grapes are typically used in French Champagne.
Can you name them?
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
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by Jennifer Featured Customers
and Larry Killer
good friends and longtime Wine Club members Sherri
and Larry Killer recently welcomed a new addition
to their family - a beautiful baby girl, Lauren.
was born on October 31st, 2006, and weighed in at
7 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long.
and Larry recently stopped by the shop to show her
off, and we're so happy they did.
Sherri and Larry - she's beautiful!
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.
look forward to the weather warming up and having
some wine tastings on the patio.
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