It has been a long week. Brian has been out of town touring with High Tide, so I’ve had the girls all on my own – all day every day. Trying to pay them the attention they deserve, get some work done, get the house to a point where it doesn’t look like a tornado blew through and essentially acting as Brian’s personal assistant while he’s been on the road has left me drained.
Luckily it’s Friday, and that means it’s time to sit out on the front porch and soak up the beautiful surroundings of our beautiful mountain town while listening to the girls giggle as they play. Sun shining, birds chirping and the smell of pine trees. The only thing that makes it better is a glass of good wine in my hand.
Wine is my go-to “adult beverage.” During the colder months, I am a red girl through and through. Cab, Pinot, Shiraz, Merlot… I love them all. But when summer rolls around, I’m ready for a glass of cold, crisp white wine.
I was recently thinking about how careful to eat only organic fruits and vegetables whenever it’s possible. But wine is made from grapes (which is one of the dirty dozen) and I don’t think twice about sipping away on a glass of non-organic wine. Not too wise!
There is one brand of wine at the local grocery store that’s “made with organically grown grapes,” but it’s not certified organic (and it contains sulfites). So what percentage of the grapes are actually organic? And what type of control is in place if it’s not certified? Definitely a step better than what I normally drink, but still not ideal.
A True Organic Wine
I was introduced to LaRocca Vineyards at Expo West. They are a small, family-owned vineyard that produces truly organic wine – from vine to bottle. By that, I mean their vineyards are USDA certified organic – and their winery is USDA certified organic as well! Additionally, no sulfites are used in LaRocca Vineyards wine, so their processing is totally organic.
But they don’t stop there. They work very hard to only use environmentally conscious packaging:
- Only real corks (no screw tops or synthetic corks)
- Only tin or aluminum capsules are used with no plastic (that’s the wrapper that encloses the cork)
- Only glass bottles are used
On top of that, all of LaRocca Vineyards’ wines are gluten free and vegan!
I got to taste a couple of their wines at Expo West, but LaRocca Vineyards was kind enough to send me 3 of their varieties to try in the comfort of my own home.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Late Harvest Lush Zinfandel
The first bottle I opened was the Cabernet Sauvignon. I knew the taste would be slightly different from what I was used to because of the lack of sulfites, so the first glass was the warm up. It did take me a minute to get used to the taste, but once I did, it was nice. It didn’t have that bite of tannins that wines with sulfites tend to have.
The Chardonnay was honestly one of the best I’ve ever had. It was so good that it went down way too easy. If I could get the LaRocca Chardonnay at my local store, I’d be stocking my fridge with it this summer!
I’m not typically a huge sweet wine drinker, so I saved the Late Harvest Lush Zinfandel for last (an no, I didn’t drink all 3 bottles in one night – I’m not that crazy!). It was sweet, but nice. I liked that the bottle was smaller, because it was nice to drink about a ½ glass per night with a small piece of dark chocolate for dessert. Typically sweet wines go bad before I can finish the bottle – this one didn’t.
I mentioned above that it took me a minute to get used to the taste of sulfite-free wine, so I had to share that I had “normal” wine after finishing the LaRocca wines, and it took me a glass or two to get used to the wines with the sulfites again! I wasn’t expecting that, but it showed me the difference that sulfites make in taste. I would love if we could get some good organic, sulfite-free wines like LaRocca Vineyards locally.
Overall, I really liked the LaRocca Vineyards wines. Out of the 3, the Chardonnay gets my highest marks, but I liked the Cab as well. Now if only our local stores carried them!
So if you’re a mom that has had a long week and needs that Friday glass of wine, consider LaRocca Vineyards – true organic wines. Treat yourself!
And if you have a moment, please show this amazing family-owned company some support by liking the LaRocca Vineyards Facebook page!
Thank you to LaRocca Vineyards for providing the products mentioned in this post. Although I received these products free of charge, all opinions expressed are my own.