Should Organic Wine Be Allowed to Include Sulfites

“Organic” wine is under attack.  Some vineyards are fighting to allow the use of sulfites in “organic” labeled wines while others want to protect the USDA designation to maintain 0 added sulfites.

“The petition, filed on April 1, 2010, by Paul Dolan Vineyards; Barra of Mendocino; and Organic Vintners, a Denver distributor, requests that the government modify the language in its organic-winemaking rules to allow wines made entirely with organic grapes, yet containing up to 100 parts per million of added sulfites as a preservative, to be sold as USDA organic. Currently such wines can only be labeled “made with organic grapes.”

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