Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wine recommendation

If you're in the market for a nice Merlot for less than $20, try Benziger Merlot 2005. The wine is produced by a small family winery in Sonoma County, CA.

The family employs Biodynamic, Organic and Farming for Flavors techniques. Biodynamic is the highest form of organic farming. It incorporates the environment in and around the vineyard and works with nature to apply the knowledge of life forces to bring about balance and healing in the soil. Organic grape growing avoids the use of synthetic chemicals and uses natural methods to maintain soil health. And, Farming for Flavors is an advanced certified sustainable farming program for all Benziger growers who are not already certified Biodynamic or Organic. This program challenges growers to use sound environmental techniques to cultivate their grapes.

The winery, while small by Sonoma standards, boasts one of the better wine-making tours in the county. In addition to their Merlot, my favorite, they also sell a nice Cab and Chardonnay.

Try the Merlot...and check out the winery if you ever find yourself in Sonoma County.

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