The benefits of organic foods are well recognized. Now organic beer, wine and some liquors are available! Organic wine is made from certified organically grown grapes, or grown without pesticides, herbicides and chemicals fertilizers. Conventionally grown grapes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops, and the chemical residues can end up in the wine. Organically grown grapes are better for the soil, the plant and the wine drinker.
French organic wines consistently rate among the top ten best wines of regions where they are represented, possibly because they have more natural resistance to poor weather or pestilence and therefore tend to perform better in poor vintages than non-organic ones. Additionally, many organic vineyards hand pick their grapes, which allows only the ripest and healthiest bunches to be picked with the minimum amount of stress/damage to the vine, fruit or soil.
Organic beer is made with at least 95 percent organic ingredients. The barley and hops are grown without the use of chemicals and pesticides. Anheuser-Busch produces two organic beers called Wild Hop lager and Stone Mill pale ale under the label Green Valley Brewing Co. Peaks Organic Beer from Maine is another good one and it’s local!
For your New Year’s celebration, give organic spirits a try! Most liquor stores carry some selections. Imbibe healthfully and responsibly!