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.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Even if you are not familiar with Chicago, you may already know the Wicker Park neighborhood is one of the city’s “eat like a local” destinations, especially among young professionals whose idea of local is actually quite global. After a decade of high-concept comfort food and gastro-pubs, the Tan family took over a homey space on North Avenue to mix things up with the opening of Cebu. Cebu is not just a Filipino restaurant, but one focused on Cebuano regional cooking along with its Chinese and Spanish underpinnings.