Organic wines

IN this week’s Irish Examiner Weekend I’m looking at wine made with organically-grown grapes.

As I point out in my column, there’s every reason to be sceptical about the more fanciful claims made by some fans on behalf of organic wine. Even the people who make and specialise in selling them don’t claim you’ll live longer by drinking organic wines.  However, I am persuaded that wines made without pesticides and fertilisers may benefit from careful old-school husbandry of the soil and plants. organics and the half-related (and widely misunderstood) issue of sulphur dioxide, the use of which is limited by winemakers adhering to any of the various organic standards. There are signposts to the issues of organics and sulphur dioxide, among others, on this post on  Wine Myths.

Back to the tasting table! I picked today’s highlights solely on the usual criteria – I’m looking for well-made delicious wines at fair prices. Most of the ones I feature this week are imported by Mary Pawle Wines. You can buy direct from  who also supply the following stockists.

Next Door, Kilkee
Next Door, Ennis
The Grainey, Scarriff.

Quay Co-Op;
Harringtons, Ardgroom
Husdons, Ballydehob
Mannings, Ballylickey
Organico, Bantry;
Taste, Castletownbere;
The Olive Branch, Clonakilty;
The Lettercollum Kitchen, Clonakilty
Scallys Supervalu, Clonakilty
Roaring Water, Schull;
Fields, Skibbereen;
Lilac Wines, Fairview D3;
Listons, Camden St, D2
Redmonds of Ranelagh
Sweeneys Off Licence


Cases Wine Warehouse
Connemara Hamper, Clifden


Nature’s Hand


Mannings, Killarney
Milltown Organic Shop
Milltown Market (saturdays)
World Wide Wines ♦

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