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.
Falling asleep in economy class can be a test of flexibility and patience, often depending on how tired you are. No matter how many ways your body contorts to sleep sitting upright, it’s hard to avoid the dreaded head drop, from little to no head support, that can easily jerk you (and your neighbor) awake.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Heathrow Airport built a “bespoke set of anti-drone systems” around its airfield. The system, created by U.K.-based firm Operational Solutions, detects and tracks drones in surrounding airspace. The “new and innovative” system can also locate drone pilots and show their location.
New upgrades at Frankfurt Airport include renovations at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center, as well as the addition of a new hotel, Frankfurt Airport Marriott. To make room for the new property, the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel was reduced to 779 guestrooms from its previous 1,008 guestrooms, allowing for 233 guestrooms at Frankfurt Airport Marriott. All Sheraton guestrooms are now refurbished.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Marriott International had a record 2019, marking seven straight years of record-breaking organic growth.
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A historic U.K., hotel, The Grand Hotel Birmingham is expected to open this summer after extensive renovations. One of the city’s most iconic buildings, The Grand Hotel Birmingham was originally constructed in the 1870s.