It may be September, but it’s not too early to start planning your trip to the 2012 Millésime Bio, Europe’s largest and most impressive organic wine conference that takes place yearly in Montpellier, France. Among the winning wines from 2011 was a curious 2009 Pinot Noir from Frey Vineyards. (It won a bronze medal.) What is most interesting is that this wine hails from America’s first organic winery. That’s right... it’s an organic wine from a “recent” American company founded in 1980! With no added sulfites, this wine came in 3rd at a French wine competition. Given that the conference featured over 500 organic winemakers, this is quite impressive. So of course we had to try it!
With flavors of strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, and a hint of unsweetened jam, this very smooth wine is sure to make your tastebuds happy. It’s a great fall wine, perfect for accompanying chicken, duck, goose, and even turkey meals. (If pairing with turkey, for best results place a bit of sausage alongside the turkey meat; the sausage helps bring out the wine’s unique French oak flavor.) This 2009 Pinot Noir also pairs well with flavor-rich fishes like salmon or red snapper. Try a glass, and see what the French critics found so delightful! You may be surprised an organic wine can taste this good!