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What is organic and biodynamic wine?

16.09.20

Gala Sofranac

What is organic wine? 

While some of the finer details differ from country to country, the overriding theme remains the same; A winery is monitored closely over a few years to make sure the vineyard follows the organic certification rules. Growing organic means taking a "whole system" approach, allowing nature to take control of the natural ecological processes without external input. Drastically reducing the use of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides to only instances where there is no other choice.

This means:

  • Better for the planet
  • Better for soils
  • Better for wildlife
  •  

What is biodynamic wine?

Biodynamic wine producers go a step beyond conventional organic farming. In this approach the vineyard is a holistic ecosystem, each plot is connected and the careful farming methods are applied to not only the vines but take into account health of the soils, plants and insects.

Just like with organic wine, biodynamic farmers must only rely on natural materials to grow grapes, often with help from farm animals to fertilize the soil. The idea is that by promoting a completely natural and healthy ecosystem the grapes can flourish to their fullest potential and sustain themselves without the use of ‘medicine’. Biodynamic farming also seeks sustainability and to leave the land in as good or better shape as it was found in.

When it comes to planting, harvesting, and watering the vines, winemakers follow the lunar calendar and a biodynamics calendar. It might sound a bit farfetched but people have been using the moon to farm through the ages! 

Biodynamic wines must be certified with either ‘Demeter International’ or ‘Biodyvin’. With these stricter measures in place, the goal is to embrace nature and create quality wines that are a true representation of the healthy terroir they have grown in.

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AFGENUSVACQ17 Organic

Vacqueyras "Genus", Organic, Arnoux et Fils, Rhone Valley, France 2017

Rhone, France

Tasting Notes

Warm and spicy with notes of brambles and red berries. Dried cranberry and…

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Light & Fruity Reds

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BOUCHARDCMAG16 Organic

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Organic, Pascal Bouchard, Burgundy, France, Magnum 2016

Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes

Medium bodied with apple and stone fruit flavours and crisp acidity.

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150cl

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churtonsb18 Organic

Churton Sauvignon Blanc, Organic, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018

Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Notes

Fresh and floral on the nose with lifted white peach aromas. The palate is…

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75cl

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ablibitum Organic

Ad Libitum Monastel de Rioja, Organic, Juan Carlos Sancha, Rioja DOCa, Spain 2018

Rioja, Spain

Tasting Notes

This wine has an intense dark cherry color. Aromatically, it has a spicy…

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Full & Rich Reds

75cl

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penaelgato Organic

Pena El Gato Garnacha Viñas Centenarias, Organic, Juan Carlos Sancha, Rioja DOCa, Spain 2018

Rioja, Spain

Tasting Notes

This wine made from grapes from 102 years old vines has an intense dark…

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Red

Full & Rich Reds

75cl

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FIGUIERECONFID19 Organic

Confidentielle Rose 2019, Cotes de Provence La Londe, Figuiere-Provence, France 2019

Provence, France

Tasting Notes

Confidentielle Rosé is the top bottling estate-grown organic rosé…

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Light, Dry Rosés

75cl

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figprem Organic

Première Rosé, Côtes de Provence, Figuière-Provence, France 2019

Provence, France

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Première Rosé is organically grown and produced entirely from…

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Light, Dry Rosés

75cl

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churtonwhitenaturalstate Organic

Churton Natural State Field Blend, Organic, Marlborough, New Zealand 2017

Marlborough, New Zealand

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Aromatic Whites

75cl

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petitmanseng Organic

Churton Petit Manseng, Organic, Marlborough, New Zealand, 50cl Bottle 2018

Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Notes

Churton's 2018 sweet Petit Manseng is bright, yellow gold with green…

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50cl

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churtonabys Organic

Churton Abyss Pinot Noir, Organic, Marlborough, New Zealand 2017

Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Notes

An amazingly aromatic and floral nose. Complex musk rose and chamomile…

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Rich & Complex Whites

75cl

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troisbord Organic

Trois Maisons Rouge, Organic, Bordeaux, France 2018

Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes

Trois Maisons red 2018 has a concentrated, juicy red fruit character, with…

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Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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troismaison Organic

Trois Maisons Blanc, Organic, Bordeaux, France 2018

Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes

Fragrant, with flavours of lemon & grapefruit, a generous texture and a…

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75cl

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jeanfaux Biodynamic

Château Jean Faux "Sainte Radegonde" Blanc, Biodynamic, Bordeaux, France 2017

Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes

Very elegant on the nose with some minerality and hints of white flowers,…

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75cl

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lespins Biodynamic

Château Jean Faux "Les Pins Francs" Blanc, Biodynamic, Bordeaux, France 2017

Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes

Very aromatic on the nose with distinct Sauvignon Blanc characteristics…

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75cl

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CJFSTERADegr16 Biodynamic

Château Jean Faux "Ste Radegonde", Biodynamic, Bordeaux Superieur, France 2016

Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes

Very intense on the nose with elegant red fruit, clove and some leather…

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Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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Angelispass19 Organic

Passerina Offida, Organic, Tenuta de Angelis, Marche, Italy 2019

Marche, Italy

Tasting Notes

Fresh and floral with stone fruit and some tropical fruit aromas. Slight…

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75cl

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angelisrosso Organic

Rosso Piceno Superiore, Organic, Tenuta de Angelis, Marche, Italy 2017

Marche, Italy

Tasting Notes

Rich and well structured with bramble fruit, vanilla and earthy spices.

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Grilled Meat, Pasta Ragu & Fresh Cheese

Red

Full & Rich Reds

75cl

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grasset Organic

Théodore Grasset Côtes du Rhône, Organic, Rhône Valley, France 2019

Southern Rhone, France

Tasting Notes

A classic Cotes du Rhone filled with ripe black fruit, hints of black…

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Red

Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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COCHVOLR19 Organic

Cochon Volant Rouge, Organic, Château de Caraguilhes, Corbieres, Languedoc, France 2019

Southern France, France

Tasting Notes

A fantastic value red packed with juicy red fruit and well integrated…

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Red meats, Cassoulet & Barbecue

Red

Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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COCHVOLROS18 Organic

Cochon Volant Rosé, Organic, Languedoc, France 2019

Southern France, France

Tasting Notes

A delicious wine with a great structure and body, full of freshness and red…

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Salads, Tapas & Seafood

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Light, Dry Rosés

75cl

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CHURTONBEST Organic

Churton Best End Sauvignon Blanc, Organic, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018

Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Notes

Churton incorporates 10 distinctive Sauvignon Blanc blocks and we harvest…

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Fish, Seafood & Chicken

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75cl

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arbospg19 Organic

Arbos Pinot Grigio, Organic, Castellani. Sicily, Italy 2019

Sicily, Italy

Tasting Notes

This pinot grigio is made from organically grown grapes, using free-run…

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Fish, Shellfish & Pasta - creamy sauces

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75cl

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RIVETTIBARB17 Organic

Barbaresco, Organic, Massimo Rivetti, Piedmont, Italy 2017

Piemonte, Italy

Tasting Notes

92/100 Robert Parker. This Barbaresco has developed soft tannins and an…

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Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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naturalstatepn Organic

Churton Natural State Pinot Noir, Organic, Marlborough, New Zealand 2019

Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Notes

An amazingly aromatic and floral nose. Complex musk rose and chamomile…

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75cl

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caprice Biodynamic

B to B, Mas des Caprices, Languedoc, France 2017

Southern France, France

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White

Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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FIDORAPG Organic

Pinot Grigio, Fidora, Organic, Tenuta Civranetta, Fidora, Veneto, Italy 2019

Veneto, Italy

Tasting Notes

Fidora is one of the oldest organic certified estates in Italy. Their Pinot…

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CATANGAW19BIB5L Organic

Catanga White, Organic, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain, 5L Bag in Box 2019

La Mancha, Spain

Tasting Notes

Crisp, light and aromatic with clean citrus and melon fruit and a dry, full…

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ERAMONTORG18 Organic

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 'Era', Organic, Abruzzo, Italy 2018

Marche, Italy

Tasting Notes

Deep red with an intense aroma of sour cherries, this wine is medium bodied…

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75cl

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CAPRICESOEUF18 Biodynamic

Blanc de l'Oeuf, Biodynamic, Mas des Caprices, Languedoc, France 2018

Southern France, France

Tasting Notes

Subtle blend of Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu and a touch of Muscat Grapes…

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75cl

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catangatemp Organic

Catanga Tempranillo, Organic, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain, 5L Bag in Box 2018

La Mancha, Spain

Tasting Notes

Well-balanced Tempranillo with fresh layers of wild red berries, dark spice…

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500cl

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catanga Organic

Catanga Rose, Organic, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain, 5L Bag in Box 2019

La Mancha, Spain

Tasting Notes

An easy-drinking dry rose, with notes of fresh wild berry, strawberry and…

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500cl

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vermel Organic

Descregut Vermell White, Organic, Catalunya, Spain 2017

Catalunya, Spain

Tasting Notes

Soft and subtle aromas of peach and pear match nicely to the palate of…

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Grilled Prawns, Truffle Risotto & Oysters

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75cl

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vinomi Organic

Descregut Vinomi White, Organic, Catalunya, Spain 2018

Catalunya, Spain

Tasting Notes

Light and delicate with fresh green apple and some subtle earthy spice.

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Shellfish, Carpaccio & Hard Cheeses

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Aromatic Whites

75cl

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los medanos torr Organic

Los Medanos Torrontes, Organic, Bodega Vinecol, Mendoza, Argentina 2019

Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Notes

Wine of a natural yellow color, with attractive and changing aromas that,…

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75cl

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VINOMI17 Organic

Descregut Vinomi White, Organic, Catalunya, Spain 2017

Catalunya, Spain

Tasting Notes

Light and delicate with fresh green apple and some subtle earthy spice.

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Shellfish, Carpaccio & Hard Cheeses

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Aromatic Whites

75cl

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schatz Organic

Schatz Acinipo, Organic, Sierras de Malaga, Andalusia, Spain 2014

Andalucia, Spain

Tasting Notes

Unique Lemberger/ Blaufränkisch from Spain with dark cherry colour.…

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Red

Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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CAPRICESRAS18 Biodynamic

RAS Rouge a Siroter, Biodynamic, Mas des Caprices, Languedoc, France 2018

Southern France, France

Tasting Notes

Brambly forest fruits with earthy spice and hints of rosemary and thyme.

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Tapas, Grilled Meat & BBQ

Red

Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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CAPRICESZEFITOU16 Biodynamic

Ze Fitou, Biodynamic, Mas des Caprices, Languedoc, France 2016

Southern France, France

Tasting Notes

Fresh and ripe red fruits with smooth tannins, subtle spice and roasted…

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Red

Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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CAPRICESRETOUR17 Biodynamic

Retour Aux Sources, Biodynamic, Mas des Caprices, Languedoc, France 2017

Southern France, France

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Quite early harvest on schist soil which brings a nice minerality. Retour…

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Red

Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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VONBUHLUNAUS16H Organic

Von Buhl Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Auslese, Organic, Pfalz, Germany 2016

Pfalz, Germany

Tasting Notes

Overly fruity wine with hints of minerality and freshness so typical for a…

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38cl

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Arcole Biodynamic

Château d'Arcole Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Biodynamic, Bordeaux, France 2016

Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes

A rich nose with intense aromas of black fruits. On the palate, it is…

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Red

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75cl

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cava descr Organic

Cava Descregut Brut Nature Reserva, Organic, Catalunya, Spain 2016

Catalunya, Spain

Tasting Notes

A fantastic Organic Cava with minimum aging of 24 months and no sugars or…

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75cl

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NEMEAAGIO18 Organic

Athanasiou Agiorgitiko, Organic, Nemea, Greece 2018

Pelopennese, Greece

Tasting Notes

Sour cherry and hints of violet lead with soft berry fruits, grippy tannins…

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Medium Bodied Reds

75cl

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COCHVOLW19 Organic

Cochon Volant Blanc, Organic, Château de Caraguilhes, Languedoc, France 2019

Southern France, France

Tasting Notes

This delicious blend shows lemon and stone fruit on the nose with a juicy…

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75cl

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LAPORTEGARSANC17 Organic

Sancerre 'Les Garennes', Organic, Domaine Laporte, Loire Valley, France 2017

Loire, France

Tasting Notes

This wine is from a single plot of "Caillottes", nested near a forest on…

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75cl

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GENUSCDR18 Organic

Côtes du Rhône Villages "Genus", Organic, Arnoux et Fils, Rhone Valley, France 2018

Rhone, France

Tasting Notes

Showstopper organic from the Rhone beautifully blends the sweet spice of…

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Red

Light & Fruity Reds

75cl

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CHAVAUVEY Organic

Chablis Premier Cru 'Vau de Vey', Organic, Pascal Bouchard, Burgundy, France 2015

Chablis, France

Tasting Notes

This is superb Premier Cru Chablis in every way - toasty, buttery, citrus…

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75cl

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LOUREIRORIBW18 Organic

António Lopes Ribeiro Loureiro White, Organic, Vinho Verde DOC, Portugal 2018

Vinho Verde, Portugal

Tasting Notes

Light and pure with notes of white peach, red apple and orange blossom. On…

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Aromano Biodynamic

Bolfan Aromano, Biodynamic, Zagorje, Croatia 2016

Zagorje, Croatia

Tasting Notes

Delicately aromatic, pleasantly enticing, with sensory notes recalling…

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75cl

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Les Pins 2016 Organic

Château Tirecul La Graviere 'Les Pins', Organic, Monbazillac, France, 50cl Bottle 2016

Monbazillac, France

Tasting Notes

Rich & sweet streaks of marmalade and apricots run through this excellent…

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Fidora Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore 2018 Organic

Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Millesimato Brut, Organic, Tenuta Collagu, Fidora, Veneto, Italy 2018

Veneto, Italy

Tasting Notes

Elegant, intense aromas of ripe gala apple and pear with hints of citrus…

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Aperitif, Seafood & Cheese- creamy

Sparkling

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75cl

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Auslese Organic

Von Buhl Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Auslese, Organic, Pfalz, Germany, Half Bottle 2015

Pfalz, Germany

Tasting Notes

Rich and honeyed with aromas of candied peel, stone fruit, and citrus. It…

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38cl

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LAPORTEROCHOYSANC17 Organic

Sancerre 'Le Rochoy', Organic, Domaine Laporte, Loire Valley, France 2017

Loire, France

Tasting Notes

The nose reveals aromas of citrus, fresh cut grass and flint. Zesty lemon…

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75cl

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Bourgogne Blanc Organic

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Organic, Pascal Bouchard, Burgundy, France 2015

Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes

Medium bodied with apple and stone fruit flavours and crisp acidity.

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