Finding Organic Champagne Is Harder than I Thought
We’re not big wine drinkers, but we’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, so champagne is a must. And although I know a once-a-year purchase isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, I figured that since I had to wade into unfamiliar territory anyway, I’d try to find an organic champagne.
Er, sparkling wine, that is. I was told by the nice guy at the Wine and Cheese Cask in Somerville that champagne from the Champagne region of France is unlikely to be organic, since the wet climate encourages mold growth, and thus the use of fungicide. Drier areas, like California, are where most organic sparkling wines will be found. (Check out the Organic Consumers Association or the Organic Wine Journal for more info on organic wines.)
Oddly enough, the two brands that we found were both from Europe:
- Albero is from Spain. It was the only organic sparkling wine at our local Trader Joe’s, but they had both the regular and the brut. It was really cheap, which makes me wonder at the quality….
- Mionetto is from Italy. It was the only organic sparkling wine at the Wine and Cheese Cask. The guy who found it for us said he’d never tried it, but he liked other wines by that company.
Our local Whole Foods was a huuuuge disappointment. Not only did they not carry an organic sparkling wine, but when I asked, the guy manning that department told me that organic wine didn’t exist—and tried to convince me for something like five minutes when I looked skeptical.
This was a lot harder to find than I expected. Grist and Treehugger had some good reviews, but I couldn’t find what they recommended. If I was really stumped, I would have just made sure to get sparkling wine from Europe. Wine travels a long way to the East Coast, but its carbon footprint is smaller if it’s shipped by boat from Europe than by truck or rail from California.
I haven’t tried either of these yet, so I don’t know how they taste, but I’ll let you know what the consensus is after our party. Cheers!