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Wines marked with the green leaf icon are produced using organic, biodynamic or sustainable practices as certified by various domestic and international organizations. Any spirits marked with the green leaf have been made using sustainable methods designed to decrease their production impact on the environment.

Does the green leaf mean it is a natural wine?

Though it is a widely used term, “natural wine” is difficult to indisputably define. Other terms are almost as popular: “low intervention,” “live,” “raw,” and “green wine,” to name a few. Isabelle Legeron, Master of Wine, in her book, Natural Wine explains the term best.

“Whether or not it is certified (or indeed certifiable), natural wine does exist. It is wine from vineyards that are farmed organically, at the very least, and which is produced without adding or removing anything during vinification, apart from a dash of sulfites at bottling.”

While this definition may sound ideal to most, the USA defines “organic wine” differently. Read on for clarification.

What is the difference between organic wine and wine made from organic grapes?

Organic wine in the USA is regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP) of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. By definition, organic winegrowing integrates cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster the cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering are not allowed. Products from outside of the cycle are used minimally. The USDA NOP allows for two categories of finished wine:

  1. Organic wine, as defined and labeled in the USA, is wine made from organic grapes with no added sulfites. Each country has its own laws on how to define organic wine. But any wine labeled “organic” sold in the USA, whether it is domestically made or imported, is not allowed to have any added sulfites. However, less than 20 mg/L can occur naturally.
  2. Wine made from organic grapes, which allows minimal addition of sulfites (less than 100 mg/L) cannot be labeled as “organic wine” in the USA, but can mention the use of organic grapes.

What is biodynamic wine?

Biodynamic wine is created from a system of winegrowing similar to that for organic wine, but includes various concepts from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Steiner’s farming methods treat soil fertility, plant growth and products, and livestock care and products as ecologically interrelated. Biodynamic agriculture uses compost and manure for fertilization, natural herb and mineral supplements for field sprays and prohibits the use of anything artificial. It treats the entire vineyard as an interrelated part of a self-sufficient farm. Biodynamic farming considers the influence of weather, seasons and movements of the moon and planets on the rhythms of the farm. The term “biodynamic” refers to both the agricultural methods used to grow the vines, as well as winery processing.

What does sustainable wine mean?

Sustainable wine production can be defined by three main goals: environmental stewardship, economic profitability and social and economic equity. This means that sustainable farmers do their best to give back to the environment and to the community, while also furthering their business. Sustainable wine growers may largely use organic or biodynamic practices, and occasionally or minimally use synthetic materials (only the least harmful), but have the flexibility to choose the methods that work best for their goals. The sustainable label tells the consumer which wines are made with ecological, economical and social principles in mind. Its limitation is that it is locally defined and therefore varies regionally.

What are sustainable spirits?

While regulations on the spirits side of sustainable are still in their infancy, that hasn’t stopped individual producers from taking heed of conscientious production techniques to reduce their carbon footprint. Distillers striving to make their operations more sustainable are implementing a wide array of eco-friendly procedures ranging from renewable power solutions, water and heat reclamation systems, utilizing locally sourced agricultural produce and composting or reusing any refuse as fertilizer or feed for livestock. In addition to optimizing the efficiency of the manufacturing process, eliminating harmful single use plastics and repurposing or recycling waste products such as barrels and bottles are also proving to be effective strategies for improving sustainability. All spirits labeled “organic” must meet the regulations provided by both Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the USDA.

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    Clos Apalta 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Cayuse Camaspelo 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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    • Monte Antico Rosso (3 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Monte Antico Rosso (3 Liter Bottle) 2009
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Maysara Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Maysara Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Pinol Sa Natura 2009 Front Label
      Pinol Sa Natura 2009
      Other Red Blends from Terra Alta, Spain
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        Chilensis Lazuli 2009
        Other Red Blends from Chile
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      • Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
        Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2009
        Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        Frog's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Front Label
          Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2009 Front Label
          Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2009
          Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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        • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
          Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2009
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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        • Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
          Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina
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        • d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2009 Front Label
          d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2009
          Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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        • Organic Wine Works Radical Cab 2009 Front Label
          Organic Wine Works Radical Cab 2009
          Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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          • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2009 Front Label
            Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2009
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyard Claret 2009 Front Label
              Constant Diamond Mountain Vineyard Claret 2009
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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            • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2009 Front Label
              Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2009
              Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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              • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2009 Front Label
                Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2009
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2009 Front Label
                  d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2009
                  Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2009  Front Label
                    Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2009
                    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2009 Front Label
                    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2009
                    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
                    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Bethel Heights Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                      Bethel Heights Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
                      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                    • Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009 Front Label
                      Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009
                      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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