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Organic foods are enjoying a bit of a renaissance worldwide with trends moving towards more natural, healthier products, and wine is no exception. As this wine growing method is becoming more refined, organic wines are exhibiting stronger flavors and distinctive characteristics.

By definition, organic wine is made from grapes that follow the rules of organic farming, meaning they’ve been grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. It deals mainly with the grape growing, although the winemaking process has become increasingly organic as well.

To bear the USDA organic seal, wine also must show who the certifying agency is, and all organic claims must be stated on the label. An organic wine cannot have any added sulfites, but it can have naturally occurring sulfites with a total sulfite level of less than 20 parts per million.

If you prefer a more natural growing process from your wines, try any of these five – all American organic wines, all less than $15.
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A record low harvest made 2012 a rough year for New Zealand winemakers. 2013 is a different story. Very different. Excitement and optimism reign in the New Zealand wine industry as the prospect of an excellent 2013 vintage gives winemakers the opportunities to restock inventory after last year’s nightmare.

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