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Katrina Frey
 
April 28, 2011 | Katrina Frey

Katrina Frey talks about sulfites and the battle to keep them out of organic wine on the Organic Conversation Radio Show

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San Francisco-based Organic Conversation Radio show with Helge Hellberg and Mark Mulcahy recently interviewed Katrina Frey and others as part of their "Celebrating Women Leadership" Earth Day special.

Katrina was interviewed first, where she talks about the fight to keep added sulfites out of organic wine.

Listen to the beginning of the show and her interview here.

You can hear the complete show and all the interviews at Organic Conversation's website.

Frey Vineyards
 
April 21, 2011 | Frey Vineyards

Frey Wine featured at Kirstie Alley’s Celebrity Block Party!

Katrina Frey with Kirstie Alley
Katrina Frey with Kirstie Alley and Karen Black!

Katrina Frey with Ed Begley Jr.
Katrina Frey with actor Ed Begley Jr.

Jon and Katrina Frey danced with the stars at Kirstie Alley’s Celebrity Block Party in Los Angeles on March 9th, 2011. The party was attended by Hollywood bigwigs who loved tasting Frey wines, the nation’s premium award-winning organic wine. Kirstie has developed Organic Liaison Rescue Me, the first USDA certified organic weight loss product. Thanks, Kirstie, for choosing organic products and promoting the green lifestyle!

Frey Vineyards
 
February 17, 2011 | Frey Vineyards

Frey Vineyards' Millésime Bio Attendance on HuffingtonPost.com

Frey Vineyards recently attended this year's Millésime Bio at Montpellier, France, the largest organic wine gathering in the world. One of the Frey grandsons, Alex, was mentioned on the popular news website HuffingtonPost.com, along with his mugshot! Below is a screen shot from the HuffingtonPost.

Alex Frey

Katrina Frey
 
November 16, 2010 | Katrina Frey

Fighting to Preserve Organic Standards

It’s a rare harvest day that our winemaker Paul Frey is not found in the wine cellar from dawn to the wee hours. But on Oct 26-28th, Paul traveled to Madison, WI to defend the USDA organic wine standard. He joined fellow organic winemaker Phil La Rocca of La Rocca Vineyards, along with Steve Frenkel of Organic Vintages, who distributes organic wines in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  They each addressed the National Organic Standards Board to argue against a proposed amendment that would allow the addition of sulfites to organic wine for the first time. Paul Frey said, “The other attendees we spoke to expressed broad support in continuing the ban of sulfites in USDA organic wines. People who believe in the foundation of organics recognize that sulfites do not belong in organic foods and wines.”

Philip La Rocca said he went to Madison, “Because I thought it was important to not just fight against sulfur dioxide in organic wine, but also because we need to be careful that we don’t open the door to allowing other synthetics in organic production. Let’s keep organics pure.”

Steve Frenkel said, "I flew to Madison because I think it's very important to maintain truth in labeling. The consumer has a right to transparency in making choices about what they are drinking."

Signed petitions are being collected by the OCA, to be submitted to the AMS Administrator who oversees the USDA's National Organic Program. Please help safegard organic food standards.

Also, check out this article on the subject written on the Huffington Post.

Eliza Frey
 
November 15, 2010 | Eliza Frey

Certified Organic Wine Yeast: Just in Time for Our 30th Crush!

After a decade of correspondence between Frey Vineyards and yeast producer Llalemand, we are happy to announce the use of our first certified organic yeast for the 2010 Frey vintage. Llalemand, our longtime yeast provider, has always been committed to GMO free production but has now raised the bar with their first certified organic product, made especially for Frey Organic Wines.

Organic yeast is manufactured by feeding the yeast cultures organic foods rich in sugar and nitrogen, such as organic molasses and organic sunflower oil. This high quality traditional organic yeast is now used in all of our 2010 organic wines. (Frey Biodynamic wines are still made with no added yeast, fermented with their own natural yeasts in accordance with Biodynamic winemaking standards.)

Eliza Frey
 
November 9, 2010 | Eliza Frey

Whole Cluster Pressing Now at Frey Organic Winery

For the 2010 harvest we invested in new equipment to implement whole-cluster pressing for our white wines. Whole-cluster pressing is a gentler form of pressing white juice. Instead of being macerated in a crusher before entering the press, the grapes travel on a conveyor directly into the press. This technique limits the extraction of phenolics into white wines. It gives white wines smoother flavors, more fruit quality and better aging capacity. The result is a smoother, high quality white with more staying power, especially important for non-sulfited white wines.  Look for the release of our delicious new 2010 whites next spring!

Organic white grapes.
Frey Organic White Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Eliza Frey
 
October 6, 2010 | Eliza Frey

Listen to Eliza Frey on Good Dirt Radio!

Good Dirt Radio logoIn August, our assistant winemaker Eliza Frey was interviewed on Good Dirt Radio. She talks about biodynamic grapegrowing and the benefits of eating organic. She appears about halfway through the show.

Listen to the interview here!

Frey Vineyards
 
September 2, 2010 | Frey Vineyards

Frey Organic Gewurztraminer is back!

Frey Organic Gewurztraminer wine bottleWe are happy to announce the return of our Gewurztraminer, from Guntly Vineyards!

Gewurztraminer is most famously grown in Germany and the Alsace region of France, but its origin can be traced back to the varietal Traminer, from the village of Tramin in the German-speaking region of northern Italy.  The relatively weak genetics of Traminer have led to several related varietals, including Frankisch, Gringet, Heida, Grumin and Formentin. Viognier, from the Rhone region of France, is also believed to be a distant relative of Gewurztraminer and shares the spicy, aromatic character.

The name Gewurztraminer (guh-voorts-tra-meaner) is derived from the German “Gewurz” which means spice or perfume, and the grape itself “Traminer” meaning “spiced Traminer.” Our organically-grown and made version continues the tradition of spice and we think you’ll enjoy the wine’s heady, aromatic character with notes of lychee, rose, passion fruit and floral aromas.  The wine is dry, crisp and delicious, not syrupy and sweet. It’s perfect when chilled for a refreshing summer afternoon.

Organic Gewurztraminer grape vineyard
Guntly organic Gewurztraminer vineyard, source of the Frey organic varietal.

Organic Gewurztraminer wine vineyard
Organic Guntly Gewurztraminer vines, near Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California.

Frey Vineyards
 
August 16, 2010 | Frey Vineyards

NFL stars cooking with Frey Organic Cabernet Sauvignon!

Stephen Cooper and Shaun Phillips from the San Diego Chargers were shooting The Learning Channel’s upcoming cooking show, "Kick Off Cook Off."  And look what’s on their cooking station counter: Frey Organic Cabernet Sauvignon. Though we're loyal 49er fans here in Northern California, in this case we yell wholeheartedly, Go Chargers!

NFL stars cooking with Frey Organic Wine

NFL stars cooking with Frey Organic Wine

Eliza Frey
 
April 29, 2010 | Eliza Frey

First of 2009 vintage just released – a fine year for grapes and wine!

We are pleased to announce the release of our 2009 wines!  2009 was a fine year for grape growing and winemaking; good spring weather resulted in a nice fruit set and we had excellent ripening conditions throughout the summer and early fall.  We collaborated with over 20 local organic family farmers to crush around 1400 tons of grapes, including those grown on our own farm.  

The first of the 2009 vintage.
Just released are the 2009 Organic Syrah, Organic Pinot Noir, Organic Chardonnay, and Organic Sauvignon Blanc.

We are also pleased to announce the return of Gewurztraminer, grown by local rancher Buck Guntly at Cold Creek Vineyards. The 2009 Gewurztraminer will be available in September.  

The 2009 wines are smooth and fruity and ready to drink.  We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!

In contrast to the excellent 2009 grape growing season, 2008 was a challenging year for Mendocino County vintners.  Late season frosts caused up to a 50% loss of fruit in several vineyards and the legendary Mendocino summer wildfires of '08 introduced winemakers to the challenge of smoke taint in some wines.  We are happy to move forward with 2009, a balanced and delicious vintage!