In a little over 48 hours from now, we’ll be ringing in a new year, and for many people that means popping open a bottle or two of the bubbly. Whether you are toasting the year to come with champagne or some other form of sparkling wine, consider organic this year.
Like other organic crops, grapes grown for organic wines are grown in a manner that is not harmful to the earth. They are not treated with chemical pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers. Organic growers support biodiversity and care about the creating a healthy environment for their crops and their workers.
Organic grapes are not harmful to you. Conventional grapes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops. They consistently show up on lists of top ten foods to buy organic because their thin skin is not much of a barrier between the chemicals and the fruit. Conventional grapes grown for wine are treated the same harmful way that conventional grapes grown for eating are.
So, like all other organic products, organic champagne is better for the earth and for you. But, if you only buy champagne once a year to ring in the New Year, does it really make a difference?
I would think it does. All types of organic farmers need the support of the average consumer. This is no different for those who grow organic grapes for champagnes and sparkling wines. New Years is the time of year when the average consumer buys champagne or sparkling wine. It would be a big show of support, not just symbolically but financially, to those wineries that commit to creating their products responsibly.
When you’re out purchasing your bubbly for New Year’s Eve, ask about the selection of organic champagnes and sparkling wines that are available. You’ll find that the prices for organic champagnes will range from around twenty dollars into the hundreds of dollars just like many of their conventional counterparts.
MNN’s lifestyle blogger Siel Ju posted some more eco-friendly New Year’s ideas in Eco-prep for the new year. She’ll even lead you to a few specific organic bubbly choices.