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August 1997 Issue

Organic Offerings from the Wine Cellar Serve Up Confusion

Q. What makes a wine organic? A. Right now, that's a topic of hot debate in the winemaking business. National standards for "organic" foods—including wine—are still nonexistent, though imminent. Until then, the only standards are those set by some states and private certifying organizations. You won't yet find the term " organic wine" on any label, because the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) doesn't allow it. The agency only allows

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