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Understanding Organic Wine with Pascale's Liquor Store

Tue, Jul 18, 23


Organic wines have been gaining popularity in recent years as consumers become more conscious of the environmental and health impacts of their choices. Join us as we explore the criteria for wines to be certified as organic, compare organic and conventional winemaking practices, and showcase renowned organic wine regions around the world. We will also introduce you to some exceptional organic wines available at Pascale's Liquor Store in Liverpool, NY located at 7401 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090.

What Does Organic Wine Mean?

Organic wine is produced using grapes that have been grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers. The criteria for wines to be certified as organic vary by country, but they generally require adherence to strict regulations set by organic certification bodies. These regulations ensure that the entire winemaking process, from vineyard management to fermentation, follows organic farming practices and sustainable viticulture techniques.

One fascinating aspect of organic vineyard management is the use of natural methods to control pests and diseases. Instead of relying on synthetic chemicals, organic vineyards introduce beneficial insects and use natural predators to maintain a healthy balance in the ecosystem. Ladybugs, for example, feast on aphids, while birds such as the Western Bluebird and Barn Owl help control larger vineyard pests. These natural pest control methods promote biodiversity and contribute to the overall health of the vineyard.

In terms of fertilizers, organic vineyards prioritize the use of compost and organic materials to nourish the soil. This practice not only provides essential nutrients to the grapevines but also enhances the soil's structure and fertility.

Organic winemakers also focus on minimal intervention in the cellar. They take a hands-off approach, allowing the natural fermentation process to unfold and using gentle techniques to express the true character of the grape. This approach highlights the terroir and results in wines that display the unique flavors and nuances of the vineyard.

Organic Wine Regions

The world is home to numerous renowned organic wine regions, each with its own distinct characteristics and grape varieties. Here are some notable examples:

1. Napa Valley, United States: Known for its outstanding organic and biodynamic vineyards, Napa Valley produces a range of organic wines, particularly from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The region's diverse microclimates and rich soils contribute to the complexity and depth of these wines.

2. Bordeaux, France: From vibrant reds to crisp whites, Bordeaux offers a diverse range of organic wines crafted from grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.

3. Mendoza, Argentina: In the heart of Argentina's wine country, Mendoza boasts a significant number of organic vineyards. Malbec, a grape variety that thrives in this region's high altitude vineyards, is popularly grown organically.

4. Marlborough, New Zealand: Marlborough is renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc, and many vineyards in this region have adopted organic farming practices. The cool climate and fertile soils produce vibrant and aromatic organic Sauvignon Blanc wines that showcase the region's unique terroir.

Nick's Organic Wine Picks at Pascale's Liquor Store

At Pascale's Liquor Store, we are proud to offer a selection of exceptional organic wines. Here are some of our favorites:

Els Frares Rose

Els Frares Rose is crafted with organic Syrah grapes from Valencia, Spain. On the nose, it exudes fruity aromas with a predomination of red fruits and red orange. The palate reveals a smooth, fresh, and balanced wine with a long finish. This rose is made with organic grapes and is vegan-friendly.

It pairs beautifully with grilled seafood or light Mediterranean dishes, enhancing the flavors of the meal.

Gulp Hablo Verdejo-Sauvignon Blanc

Gulp Hablo Verdejo-Sauvignon Blanc is a unique organic white blend from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. This wine combines the flavors of Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, resulting in a delightful fusion of orange rind, tea, grapefruit, and mineral notes.

The vibrant acidity and crispness make it a perfect pair for seafood dishes, grilled vegetables, and light pasta dishes. 

I Veroni I Domi Chianti Rufina

I Veroni I Domi Chianti Rufina is a remarkable Italian red wine made with organically farmed Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Colorino grapes. It opens with enticing aromas of black-skinned berry, underbrush, and leather. The fragrant and balanced palate offers black cherry, clove, and licorice flavors, supported by firm and polished tannins. With a touch of oak coating, this Chianti Rufina exhibits a long, slightly bitter, and licorice-infused finish.

Pair it with tomato-based pasta dishes, roasted meats, and aged cheeses to enhance the richness of the meal.

Las Jaras Superbloom

Las Jaras Superbloom is an enticing blend of red and white grape varieties that creates a refreshing "nighttime rosé." Crafted in California, this carbonic co-ferment wine exhibits a slightly funky character with medium body, dryness, medium-high acidity, light tannins, and a slightly cloudy appearance due to being unfined and unfiltered. The vibrant palate features notes of orange rind, tea, preserved apricots, mineral, white flowers, grapefruit, and slight herbaceous tones.

It pairs wonderfully with charcuterie, grilled vegetables, or light summer salads, making it a vibrant addition to any dining experience.

Anne Pichon Rose

Anne Pichon Rose is a French wine that showcases a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 10% Syrah grapes. It originates from Montagne Rosé de Ventoux in France. This organic wine offers red berry and citrus flavors, providing a versatile and refreshing character.

It complements grilled fish, poultry dishes, and creamy cheeses, adding an elegant touch to each pairing. 

Organic Wine Myths Debunked

Throughout the years, several myths and misconceptions have circulated regarding organic wines. It's important to address these misunderstandings and provide accurate information. Here are some common myths about organic wines debunked:

1. Myth: Organic wines are lower quality.
In reality, organic wines undergo the same rigorous winemaking processes as conventional wines, ensuring their quality and taste. Many organic wines have received prestigious awards and accolades.

2. Myth: Organic wines spoil more quickly.
Organic wines can have a similar shelf life to conventional wines if stored properly. Factors such as temperature, light exposure, and humidity play a crucial role in maintaining the quality and longevity of any wine.

3. Myth: All organic wines are vegan.
While most organic wines are vegan-friendly, some winemakers may still use animal-based fining agents to clarify the wine. It's essential to verify the vegan status of a specific organic wine if this is a dietary concern. Thankfully, many winemakers now offer vegan-friendly organic options.


Choosing organic wines not only benefits the environment but also offers unique flavors and potential health benefits. At Pascale's Liquor Store in Liverpool, NY, we invite you to explore our selection of exceptional organic wines. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in finding the perfect organic wine to enhance your dining experience. Visit us today at 7401 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY 13090, and discover the world of organic wines. Cheers to sustainable and flavorful choices!
By Alden Morris