The sign in the shop says “Organic Wines” — but are they? Not likely. “Organic” laws differ from country to country, even state to state, but the basics are generally the same. To be a certified organic vineyard, grapes must be grown without pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers or bioengineering. To be a certified organic wine, it too must be made without outside additions. Thus, a wine may begin with organically grown grapes, but if the winemaker adds sulfite, as virtually all do to prevent bacterial spoilage, the wine is no longer considered organic. The bottle’s label can read “made from organically grown grapes,” but not “organic wine.” Biodynamic vineyards carry the concept of natural growing even further, using only natural products, homeopathic concepts and the moon calendar.
Antonio Bravo, the head winemaker of Viñedos Emiliana in Chile and a passionate proponent of natural growing systems, has 1,470 acres of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards and another 1,342 acres in transition. (It takes years of preparation before a vineyard is certified.) His wines are produced only from certified vineyards, making Emiliana the largest producer of estate-grown organic and biodynamic grapes in the world.
And how do wines from these vineyards taste? Emiliana’s Natura Sauvignon Blanc’s aroma is all clover and fresh-mown grass; its taste is crisp and minerally; and its finish, long and clean. The red Natura Carmenère’s scent is filled with spice and dark berries while it is big and round on the palate. Both are $11.
Among Emiliana’s Nova wines, there is the more complex Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Selection. It offers a deep aroma of dark berries and spice, a sturdy, round taste and a lingering aftertaste. Price: $17.
Emiliana’s Coyam blends Syrah, Merlot, Carmenère and other grapes. Ink-dark, spicy and full-bodied with great personality, it is a satisfying mouthful for $30.
Emiliana’s highest-quality wine is G, Chile’s first 100-percent biodynamic wine. A combination of Carmenère, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it is as opaque as ink, as rich as velvet, with a deep, complex aroma and taste and a finish that lives on. It is $90.
Pure wines, the way nature intended them to be.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.
San Antonio celebrated 300 years of progress in May 2018. With a clear vision following that anniversary year, the Texan city set its sights firmly on 300 more. While commemorating this milestone, the city underwent a major overhaul to prepare for the next phase in its history.
When you think of a relaxing spa day, mountains, rivers and view of gorgeous landscapes pop in your head; a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of any city’s booming music and honking taxis. SoJo Spa Club and Hotel gives you the relaxing feeling of being away while still staying close to the busy center of Manhattan.
Dance the night away with Grand Hotel’s Ballroom Dance offer, available May 16–18. Dancers of all skill levels will experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles, alongside daily breakfast and dinner, a welcome reception and complimentary golf green fees.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.