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Many winemakers advocate a shift in USDA organic regulations allowing wines made from 100 percent organic grapes to be marketed as organic, rather than prohibiting sulfite preservatives in order to earn the organic distinction. Here’s what to know before buying.
Wine trend: Sustainable packaging
The box is back.
Don’t discard the idea of lightweight, aseptic Tetra Pak cartons, which can reduce the environmental impact of your vino. Try: CalNaturale “made with organic grapes” chardonnay
Cork or screw cap?
Gaining momentum in U.S. wine country, the screw cap prevents spoiled or “corked” bottles, the result of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA)—often derived from pesticides and wood preservatives—in corks. Plus, screw caps help manage sustainability issues linked with the high demand for corks, mostly grown in Spain and Portugal. Traditionalists tend to prefer cork because of its association with fine, authentic vintages. The Central Coast Vineyard Team in Paso Robles, California, recently launched Recork; visit recork.org to find a recycling partner near you.