Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 22, 2017
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Less than meets the eye

Wine would seem like a simple thing to make. It’s just grapes, after all; you grow them, pick them, crush them, and then let yeast do its work. We’ve been making wine for thousands of years, so how complicated could it be?

Of course like most everything, it’s never so straightforward. Not only are there oak barrels to consider, there’s actually a myriad of additions that can make it into the final bottle. From Mega Purple to citric acid, nowadays winemakers are allowed to add any number of stabilizers, finers and clarifiers, tannins and more.

This complicated modern day grape growing and winemaking reality isn’t unique. It parallels the development in most agriculture systems. But just as we’ve witnessed consumers take a greater interest in where their food comes from and how it’s made, wine drinkers are searching for more natural, minimally-processed wine. There’s a broadening selection of wine made from organically-grown grapes, and while it’s not always evident on the label, most wine stores make a point of highlighting their organic selection.

With more than two centuries of experience, Rhone Valley-based winemaker M. Chapoutier has long been committed to respecting the natural balance and terroir of the land. Today the well-regarded wine producer farms all of their vineyards and single vineyard estates following either organic or biodynamic principles.

M. Chapoutier’s range of wines scales all budgets, but for pure bang for the buck it’s hard to beat the Domaine de Bila-Haut: Côtes du Roussillon-Villages. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan, this hand-harvested and hearty red oozes out of the glass with an engaging mix of ripe berry fruit, savoury spice, and a wild meadow’s worth of herbs. It’s a raw yet elegant wine, and while it would go great with a ground nut pâté (or other earthy raw food dishes), it’s equally tasty paired with all kinds of burgers, from lamb to sprouted grain.

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