Planet Organic

A couple of weeks into the new year and I still feel like staying under a blanket until February, preferably with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and a glass of red within reach. I have managed to get to one Pilates class so far this year. I know, hardly Joe Wicks but still. (I did read a brilliant thing here about putting your feet on the floor as soon as you wake up. Sounds ridiculous but honestly, it’s really helped). As far as healthy eating goes, I’m all over it. I’ve eaten kale. Twice. And I’ve had three smoothies. But my best effort so far is drinking organic wine. Although just because it’s healthier for the environment (no synthetic products like weedkiller or fertilisers are used in the vineyard) doesn’t mean to say it’s healthier for you. It’s still got alcohol in it after all. Point is, organic wine doesn’t cost the earth. And that’s got to be a good thing.

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Curren white in the fridge: Tesco Finest Organic Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

Price: £7.00 - Buy From Tesco

A properly good white with a label doesn’t scream organic. It doesn’t try to look earthy, or earnest. In fact, it looks rather normcore. But the wine inside is lovely: fresh, crisp and lemony with a herby twist. Made by a great, big Chilean producer, this is fantastic value. Add a handful of salty snacks for true happiness.

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Current red in the rack: Lapierre Raisins Gaulois

Price: £11.99 - Buy From The Solent Cellar

A gorgeous organic red made by a producer in Beaujolais, this is juicy, jolly and fresh as a daisy. Made from the Gamay grape, it’s from the hugely successful 2015 vintage. It does have a pleasingly rustic feel to it, kind of earthy and honest. But without being too farmyard, if you know what I mean. Super with sausages.

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  • Ross Marwood
    6 years ago

    Helen, glad to hear you are on an organic mission for 2017; try wines from these two producers, I came across them on my travels around France a couple of years ago. Firstly, Domaine Begude. Fantastic producer of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir(amongst others) from near Limoux available through Majestic. Secondly, Chateau Feely from Saussignac near Bergerac. Caro, the wife of the owner couple, is a real Organic torch bearer, in fact she wrote about it in an article for Jancis Robinson’s website. I don’t know of a retail outlet for Feely wines in the UK, but they will ship direct from France.

    • Helen McGinn
      6 years ago

      Thanks Ross, I read Caro’s article on JR’ site, was a great read. Thanks for tips, will look for those wines on next Majestic forage! Back when I was a supermarket wine buyer organic wines were very thin on the ground (and usually very thin full stop). But so much choice nowadays – fantastic.

  • 6 years ago

    I do find it interesting how big organic veg/food is yet most of those people insisting on buying organic food probably pop to Waitrose or Majestic and never even think about organic wine. Given organic certification is hard to get are some of the top wines essentially organic just without the certification? Or are lots of chemicals used?
    P.S. I still love seeing your articles in the Waitrose magazine, bore my wife every time by saying ‘I know her’ 🙂

    • Helen McGinn
      6 years ago

      Ha, love that re. mag! I know, organic wine has always had a bit of a ropey reputation (and back when I was buying wine for a supermarket there were plenty of those around). But quality is so much better and lots more producers are converting their vineyards to organic (it takes 3 years to do so) nowadays. Proof is in the pudding – or the glass – though and just because it’s organic, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better wine. Just better for the environment (although shipping wine half way around the world is not that environmentally friendly)! Lots of vineyards now work to sustainable guidelines and spraying crops with lots of treatments costs £££. Recent research shows wine has very low levels of residue (if any) compared with other foodstuffs. But still, drinking organic feels good 🙂

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