Vin Biologique for Earth Day
Happy Earth Day!! Today April 22nd is known as Earth Day and was started around 1970 by Gaylord Nelson. As stated on the EarthDay.org website, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California he came up with this idea. He realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
So what does that mean for a wine blog? Natural wine of course! Natural wine is wine made with minimal chemical and technological intervention in growing grapes and making them into wine. The term is used to distinguish such wine from organic wine and biodynamic wine because of differences in cellar practices. All natural wines are, however, farmed organically at a minimum and many growers are biodynamic in the vineyard as well.
So I picked up a a Provencal rosé to sip on in celebration. This vintage rosé Saint-Césaire (2013)from Chateau Bas is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon. After mechanical harvesting fresh hours of the day, it bled rosé Château Saint-Césaire Netherlands has undergone fermentation. Clear and shiny pale orange with pale salmon reflections. Clean medium- intensity nose, floral notes, grapefruit, strawberry and white pepper. Dry, medium+ acidity, low tannin, medium alcohol, medium- body, medium+ intensity fruity and floral flavours, balanced, but lacks complexity and elegance. Medium+ duration aftertaste of medium intensity. Raised on fine lees in vats, it is characterized by its delicate nose with notes of exotic fruits. On the palate, it's round, with bright and tangy attack. A very nice sipper for this beautiful spring weather we've been having! Great for a picnic, or even girls night with some bread, charcuterie and cheese.