It is an absolute pleasure to serve our customers in-store, but also by phone and email.
Whilst some customers know quite a lot about organic wine, eating organic or leading a healthier lifestyle, some are very curious.
Based on our interactions, we have composed a quick list of 6 most frequently asked questions or, better say, statements about organic wines, which are so not true.
It is such a difficult one. We all have our own budgets, views on what is good value for money and what’s not and most importantly how much we are prepared to spend on an everyday bottle of wine or one for special occasion.
There is one thing though that organic wine is made without a safety net of artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides, so if a particular year turns out to be a disaster, winegrowers cannot spray their vineyards to quickly rectify some issues. They might have their whole vintage ruined. They therefore budget these things. You can call it a contingency plan I guess. The wines include that bit of a margin hence i average they will cost a fraction more. Yet this fraction will not put them into an expensive bracket. Here at Organic Wine Club our range starts at £8.5 and there are no bottles above £40 currently. The sweet spot is normally around £12-14, which is an average for a regular wine merchant too. You can grab some deals, buy premixed cases online to get even more value for money, but in general organic wine is similarly priced.
Even though taste is a very personal and subjective criteria, we obviously cannot disagree more. We have tasted more than a thousand to personally handpick wines that in our view are the best organic wines that are currently imported into the UK. This work is ongoing and we will do our best to taste test the ultimate majority of organic wines.
However so you know, there was a blind tasting done by Decanter panel, which determined that there is no significant difference in flavour of organic and their non-organic analogues (different vineyards obviously but same grape varieties). It means that we cannot really taste much difference. Yet there are companies which import organic wines to have a very wide selection and sometimes without major consideration how good they are. As a result, we see some major ranges of below the par wines. It is one thing that the wines are organic, but we need to ensure deliciousness. Try us out and hopefully you will agree!
As per above, flavour wise it might be very little difference, but can you imagine the difference for your body (you are not drinking those additional harmful toxins from spraying and fertilisers) and for the environment. If you do not care about that, it is no different from conventional one, true that.
There is a bit of truth here, organic companies need to pay extra for the certification and sometimes quite considerably to put that logo on the bottle as well (that’s why there are some examples of companies which do not put those logos on the bottle, but have certificates); so there is a bit of bureaucracy here. However there should be a standard and it should be followed so us (consumers) can have our peace of mind that this bottle of organic wines is indeed organic and not just a fancy label.
EU rules and Soil Association in the UK are quite strict and provide an excellent framework for organic certification. When you see these logos on the bottle you rest assured this is a real deal when it comes to organic wine.
We have heard different interpretations of it - some say organic wines are for hippies. It is all quite fun and doesn’t worth really any sort of argument. You know what are organic wines and what are your benefits (check out Why Organic? for more reference) and it is up to you to decide whether you are convinced. Everyone is welcome here - wine snobs, hippies, regular people….
When we see excited people near our entrance it is very probable that our conversation will start with something along these lines. If you refer to our wine intolerances post, you can see how it can be true if you consume in moderation but still suffer from migraines or headaches; maybe sulphite-free wines are your answer?
However in most cases, even though it means better care for you, you need to follow the guidelines, try not to exceed your limits and enjoy responsibly.