Poll: do you buy organic wines?

In my post-LiveEarth stupor, I decided to click an ad on a web site for The Green, a new TV program about environmental issues.

They have five “eco ideas for greener living.” Since the show is sponsored by Lexus, I found tip three amusing: “When choosing a chauffeur or a taxi service, consider a luxury car service that relies on a fleet of hybrids.” Uh, huh.

But tip number five was interesting in it’s claim: “Try an organic wine with dinner. These wines come from farms that practice eco-friendly techniques and produce superior results.”

Aside from the fact that it is difficult to legally call a wine organic (because of the addition of sulfites), what are “superior results”?

Have your say about “green” wine!*

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The Green, Sundance Channel.
* “Green” wine is my catch-all term for the various shades of green: sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines.

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5 Responses to “Poll: do you buy organic wines?”

  1. When choosing between two unfamiliar wines, I will (generally) choose the biodynamic/organic one over the other. I love the purity I find in many biodynamic wines.

  2. Dr. V. – Love the question, and I’m fascinated by the results. For the significant majority of you who chose the second option, does that mean you would not consider the “green” factor at all? How would you choose if the contents of a “green” wine (from a trustworthy producer) pleased you equally as much as a conventionally produced wine? Does price then the primary factor? What if the “green” wine is only a dollar or two more? Would you splurge for the sake of being environmentally conscious?

  3. Brett,

    Sounds like you need your own survey! 😉

  4. I’ll choose organic or biodynamic over conventional unless there are compelling reasons not to. Those compelling reasons? Substantial price differential for the value, my level of familiarity with the winemaker, etc.

  5. I’m all for making ecofriendly choices, but the only green wine I want is a vinho verde. One of the traditional winemaking practices that orgainic winemakers eschew is the addition of extra sulfites for as a preservative. Even a relatively young organic wine can be unpleasant if it hasn’t been stored right. And organic winemaking is so unstandardized that some organics lack varietal character.


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