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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

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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.

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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

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April 26, 2010 | Frey Vineyards

Frey Organic Wines recommended in new healthy food book

Get Naked Fast healthy food bookWe're proud to report that healthy-living advocate Diana Stobo recommends Frey Organic Wines in her new book,Get Naked Fast. Check out her website!

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February 19, 2010 | Frey Vineyards

Photos of our First-Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting

A few photos we'd like to share with you from our first-annual "In Love with Redwood Valley" Wine & Chocolate Pairing, in conjunction with other wineries of the valley. There was a large turnout of chocolate nibblers and wine sippers. We hope you can join us next year! By the way, here's an interesting article on the health benefits of wine and chocolate in moderation. There are also studies out there showing that organic foods have higher levels of anti-cancer substances than non-organic foods, which we'd like to write about in a future post.

Pouring organic wine.
Peter and Derek pour wine and answer questions at this year's wine and chocolate pairing.

Organic chocolate.
An array of gourmet organic chocolates, dark and white, to sample with the wine.

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Guests relax outside the winery on a fine February afternoon. We hope to see you next year!

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September 18, 2009 | Frey Vineyards

Master Sommelier Lists Frey 2006 Organic Petite Sirah Among Top 5

Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson recently chose her top 5 earth-friendly wines, among them Frey Organic Petite Sirah, 2006 vintage. We have recently sold out of 2006 Organic Petite Sirah, but bottles may still be available in stores. Our current Organic Petite Sirah is from vintage 2007, and similarly delicious.

Ms. Robinson adds, "This winery has long been committed to organic farming and winemaking without added sulfites...." You may read al of it at delish.com.

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September 17, 2009 | Frey Vineyards

Straw Bale Gardening at Frey Winery

We haven't included this topic yet on our own website, but we're happy to let PlantWhateverBringsYouJoy.com beat us to it! Local author Kathryn Hall visited us recently to check out straw bale gardening by our resident gardener Marie.

Straw bale garden.

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May 4, 2009 | Frey Vineyards

Pesticides and wine – a study from Europe

Now and then we'll post interesting news for you from the world of organic wine and organic agriculture. The following is from CCOF Magazine, Spring 2009 Issue:

"The Pesticide Action Network-Europe conducted a study of pesticide residues in European wine and found that on average a conventional bottle of wine contains four pesticides (one bottle in the study contained ten detected residues, while all bottles contained at least one). In comparison, the organic wines tested contained almost no residues (one residue was detected in one bottle). Grapes are one of the most contaminated crops in Europe and elsewhere, and the problem is growing in the wine industry as many farmers opt for synthetic pesticides. These pesticides are not fully removed in the winemaking process, as this study and a 14 year study conducted by the French Ministry of Agriculture have both shown. Organic wines are virtually pesticide free, as organic farming requires alternative pest control methods."

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March 30, 2009 | Frey Vineyards

Katrina Frey with Dr. Alan Greene of The Organic Center at Expo West

Katrina Frey with Dr. Alan Greene.Alan Greene, M.D., here with Katrina Frey at Expo West Earlier this month, is the pediatrician at the Stanford School of Medicine and a board member of the Organic Center. He promotes the benefits of organic food for a healthier future for our children and also enjoys an occasional glass of Frey Organic Wine.

The Organic Center generates peer reviewed scientific studies that verify the benefits of organic farming.

The Organic Center held their VIP dinner at Expo West where they announced their 2009 campaign to promote and research the huge capacities of organic soils to sequester carbon and reverse global warming. Frey Vineyards provided wine for the dinner.