So, we don’t really get how burying a spiral cow horn filled with manure in the middle of a vineyard could help the wine taste so much better, but does it really matter? Biodynamic and organic wines are grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, and that can only be a good thing. These wines are increasing in popularity and with good reason – most of them are very, very good! But sorry, cow horn not included…

Here are some of our favorite organic and biodynamic wines at the store right now:

2009 Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes-Du Rhone Blanc   6W

The Maison Chapoutier use of organic and bio-dynamic farming comes from a strong conviction to allow the terroir to express itself fully. This white Rhone blend consists of Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc and exhibits a pale yellow color with a farm fresh nose of green apple, hawthorn and white blossoms, combined with citrus aromas and exotic fruits.

2007 Ehlers Estate Merlot (Napa)   7R

The non-profit Ehlers Estate vineyard is not only a feel good investment since their wines are exceptional and the profits go to cardiovascular research, but their winery is also farmed with strict adherence to organic and biodynamic standards. This is a complex full-bodied Merlot that has flavors of raspberry cherry, licorice and black currants, which embellish this rich expression of North St. Helena.

2008 Elderton Barossa Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)   9R

Elderton is an environmental sustainability leader within the Australian wine industry due to initiatives such as organic farming, water recycling, and offsetting carbon emissions by planting trees. This voluptuous Shiraz delivers aromas of blackberry, mocha, liquorice, and toasty oak. Soft, velvety smooth tannins provide a generous mouthfeel with a kick of spice.