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The Wine Scene - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: Mar. 15, 2019
A wine flight is a collection of wines that have something in common, for example Chardonnay from different regions of the world, or Cabernet Sauvignon from the same vintner but from different years. It's a fun way to see, smell and taste the importance of where a grape is grown and how it is produced from soil to vine to bottle.
At the 2019 WFYI Winefest a few Fridays ago, I poured a flight of organic wines. Talk about terroir!
image courtesy of Jill A. Ditmire
It takes plenty of time, money and commitment to grow organic wine grapes. There are a number of practices that have to be approved to get an official label of certification, and those rules differ from country to country. In the US, vintners follow the guidelines set for food. (www.usda.gov) In France, the AB label, Agriculture Biologique (www.bioagricert.org) is just a few decades old, but organic and sustainable winemaking has been practiced for centuries.
Winefest guests started their mini exploration of organic terroir with a Sauvignon Blanc from Bonterra Vineyards in California. The crisp dry white offers a soft note of grassiness in the nose then gives way to aromas and flavors of citrus fruits.
The second sample was a dry rosé from the Languedoc region of France. The Domaine Sainte-Eugenie Corbieres Rosé was a BIG hit with wine guests. The blend of cinsault, syrah and grenache offered up notes of raspberry, strawberry, and a clean, mineral finish.
The flight ended with another winner from the Languedoc, Domaine Tour Boisee's Syrah/Grenache blend. Bold, juicy aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry and a hint of anise ends in a lush smooth finish.
Can you taste a difference between organic and non organic wines? All three of these affordable bottles are available at Broad Ripple stores. And remember, no matter the terroir, a GOOD wine is one that you like and a BAD wine is one that you don't.
Jill A. Ditmire is an Omnimedia wine specialist, AWS certified wine judge, freelance broadcast journalist and 20+ year home owner in the Warfleigh neighborhood of Broad Ripple. Send your questions and comments to Jill at email@example.com
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