5 Orleans Hill Winery
Orleans Hill has become popular, quickly, although I’m not quite sure why, other than that their organic, sulfite-free, and vegan-friendly (although those could be the reasons).The tastes of all of their wines seem sour to me, and I have never particularly enjoyed them, but people who I have had glass with have often liked that aspect of them.Maybe it’s just my love for seriously smooth wine that kept me from liking this, but I will recommend it since you can find their wines everywhere now, which means people are buying. On their website they have little information about the actual vineyards unfortunately, which I find a bit circumspect. Alas, make your own judgments as I know you will.
4 Stellar Winery
Stellar Wines are divine.Based in South Africa, they do have a heavy \carbon footprint being shipped all over the world, but they do make good use of their land, taking care of the earth while providing a ‘healthy’ wine.A lovely thing to think about is the fact that the soil is teeming with earthworms – a sign of very healthy soil, and rather than use snail poison, they use ducks to roam and feed on them. The cabernet sauvignon is delightful and smooth, as all cabs should be, but choose among the many other selections they have.
Many people love Frey wines, based in Mendocino County, California, and they have become widespread because of that. Perhaps their early entrance into the organic wine marketplace had a hand in that fact as well.Personally I have not found one that I particularly enjoy, but that’s just little ole’ me.I include their wines here as their popularity is unmatched, and I do highly respect that they have no added sulfites in their wine, and were the first certified biodynamic vineyard.With a wide selection of wines, you are sure to find one that suits your taste, unless you’re me.
2 Red Truck
Red Truck has an excellent cabernet sauvignon that is very well priced.They tout clean run-off from their farms, progressively healthier soils, and their cabernet sauvignon is smooth and goes well with a healthy salad and/or dinner.
Bonterra Wines are wonderful. Not only are they organic – they’re biodynamic as well, meaning that they work more closely with the land, growing other plants on the same land and with animals roaming their vineyards, they boast better tasting grapes than that of non-biodynamic wines.It’s also very reasonably priced.