No, you can’t legally label your Pinot as “Biodynamic”. The word Biodynamic is owned by the non-profit group Demeter-USA and use of the word Biodynamic on wine labels requires that both the farmer (vineyard) and producer (winery) are certified biodynamic by Demeter.
In the case of our 2018 Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir, the grapes were grown by a certified biodynamic vineyard, but were crushed at a non certified winery so the term “biodynamic” cannot legally be used on a label.
If you’re not interested in official certification, but want to make the wine in the spirit of biodynamic winemaking then you should rely on native yeasts, make no additions or adjustments to the must and only add only up 100 ppm S02 to the wine.
Last year we shipped wine grapes to almost 100 breweries across the US and Canada!
They say beer was invented and wine was discovered. The first evidence of brewing dates back to 7000 BC China, where residues from a jar indicate a fermented beverage that contained rice, honey, and fruit (likely grapes). So some of the first beers brewed were probably made with grapes.
The first evidence of deliberate winemaking comes from Georgia (not the state) in 6000 BC. Those early winemakers chose to use grapes because grapes offer the rare combination of being both high in sugar and high in acid which creates a more potent and more durable beverage. Modern winemakers have learned to use to grape skin contact during fermentation to extract desired colors and tannins.
TLDR: Wine grapes are nature’s perfect fermenter and are ideally suited for brewing beers in the fastest growing categories of the beer market.
The same qualities that make grapes the perfect fruit for making wine with also make grapes the perfect fruit for brewing beer with. The high sugar content increases your brew’s potential ABV. The high acidity increases freshness and sourness. And fermenting on grape skins offers more color and intensity of mouthfeel.
But in the 1500’s the Bavarians passed the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Act) and fruit beers have not been very popular ever since. Luckily that’s all changing and brewers are venturing away from the traditional barley, water, and hops recipe. In fact, “Sour Beer” and “Other Beer” were the two fastest growing categories of beer sales from July 2017 to July 2018 according to Nielsen data.
Sour Beer sales grew over 40% in that period and have ample room for growth. Other Beer sales grew 11%. Fruit beers fit neatly into
both those categories and are poised for even more growth in 2019. The third fastest category of growth in the beer market was in IPA, which has seen tremendous growth over the past decade. Wine grapes also happen to complement IPA’s perfectly as the bitterness imparted by the hops is balanced out by the sour and sweet and nature of wine grapes.
** It is expressly prohibited to use the “Olivet Lane Vineyard” name for commercial purposes without permission from the Pelligrini Family.
The historic Olivet Lane Vineyard was planted by the Pelligrini Family (3rd generation Sonoma grape growers) in 1975 and is one of the oldest existing plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is situated north of the Petaluma gap which allows cooling fog to settle in almost daily during the growing season. This fog, coupled with the chilly Russian River Valley nights, creates a truly cool climate and lengthy ripening.
The Calistoga AVA is known for having the highest concentration of volcanic soils and the biggest diurnal shift in the Napa Valley. Some of the most famous Cabernets in California are grown here, including Chateau Montelena , which is located just up the river from the site of our fruit. The vineyard’s proximity to the river results in a combination of volcanic and alluvial granitic soils, which are well draining and highly infertile, the ideal soil type for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
We’re offering our first rosé. These Grenache grapes were meticulously farmed on the valley floor of Washington State’s Columbia Valley. We’re sending the grapes straight from the crusher into the press to produce a salmon colored juice ideally suited for making dry rosés in the style of Southern France.
Do You love Right Bank Bordeaux? Do you love Red mountain? We’ve got you covered with Merlot and Cabernet Franc coming from Washington’s most esteemed AVA.
“The Red Mountain AVA is located on a southwest-facing slope in south central Washington, a three and one-half hour drive from Seattle. At 4040 acres (1,635 hectares), this is the smallest, warmest wine-grape growing region in Washington. It has a unique combination of diverse geology, gentle south slope, consistent winds and notable heat profile. A complex mixture of the most rare and highly valued soil types in Washington was created by wind-blown silt and sand over glacial outflow. ” – Red Mountain Alliance
What is that orange stuff all the hipsters are drinking? Meet orange wine, the darling of millennials. But don’t be afraid, orange wine is just white wine that had longer than usual skin contact time prior to pressing, giving the wine an orangish-brown color and increased tannin and phenolics. Winemakers have been doing this a long time.
We’re in San Diego sponsoring our 6th Winemaker Magazine Conference and awards dinner. Its the largest gathering of home winemakers and the biggest amateur winemaking competition in the world. We brought 5 gallons of biodynamic Pinot Gris juice and 30 bottles of finished wine. You should be here.
green, with moderate acidity and excellent mid-palate richness. Its mineral flavors and aromas, and its low alcohol, make it an ideal blending grape. The varietal has been historically blended with Roussanne, where it tones down the viscosity and acidity of Roussanne and provides a more complex flavor. ” – Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Winery
“White Hermitage is the first wine of the world without a single exception.” – Thomas Jefferson
Cofermenting with Syrah
Most of the world’s greatest Syrah based wines come from the Northern Rhone and most of those Syrahs are cofermented with white grapes. This has the counter-intuitive effect of stabilizing color and increasing freshness. Here are the legal limits for blending white grapes in Northern Rhone AOC red wines.
Cote-Rotie – Up to 20% Viognier.
Crozes- Hermitage – Up to 20% Marsanne and Roussanne.
“Petite Verdot is the most startling discovery of what’s going on in Washington state today…Dense, highly pigmented, wonderful color, black-purple in the glass with a penetration of fruit flavor. It’s pretty incredible”. – Bob Betz, Master of Wine
The Rattlesnake Hills AVA contains the ideal growing environment for thick skinned, late ripening reds like Petite Verdot . The AVA lies within the larger Yakima Valley AVA which itself lies inside the much larger Columbia Valley AVA. The Rattlesnake Hills averages 2700 degree days a year which is 500 degree days more than the rest of theYakima Valley to the west and 100 degree days less than Red Mountain to the East ( Bordeaux gets roughly 2500 degree days and Napa gets 2900 degree days). Night time temps drop 40+ degrees during the growing season to preserve acidity and freshness. Rain is a seldom occurrence here with the area receiving just 7-10 inches of rain per year.
The Petite Verdot vines are planted in the Harwood-Burke-Wiehl series silt loams that distinguish the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. These soils are a combination of wind deposited ancient or sedimentary alluvials and decomposed basalt over a lime-silica hard pan. This combination provides both exceptional drainage and ideal soil alkalinity for growing Vinifera.
Frozen wine grape must and juice futures available for purchase below. These will be shipped at your convenience after they are harvested and frozen this Fall. To buy, simply click the “Add to Cart” button or click on the varietal to read the description, see photos, and view video of the vineyard. You don’t need a Paypal account to check out.
Red pails contain 5 gallons of must (juice, pulp, skins, seeds) and white pails contain 5.25 gallons of cold- settled juice.