Lately I have been making more of an effort to eat healthy and pay attention to where the food I am purchasing comes from. Organic foods seem to be catching on and are no longer just an of the moment food trend. I am concerned with added chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics and how they are contributing to ill health so I am making a point to add more organic items to my shopping cart. When it comes to wine however I haven’t been paying much attention to the organic category. I have written about wines made by producers who employ practices of bio dynamic and sustainable farming but the wines weren’t necessarily made from organic grapes. At a recent South American themed tasting we tried Natura Merlot 2007. Produced in the Rapel Valley in Chile by Vinedos Emiliana, they are at the forefront of organic wine production in their region. This merlot is comprised of 99% merlot with small amounts of syrah and petit verdot blended in. In the glass it has a lovely dark ruby color. The aroma consisted of sweet cherries with a hint of vanilla. It is very fruit forward on the palate with light tannins. Since Natura Merlot is organic this means that the grapes are grown without any pesticides or synthetic chemicals of any kind. There are also very small amounts of sulfites compared to non-organic wines. Some say that organic wines are sulfite free but all wines have at least some present whether they occur naturally or are added back into the wine. This is necessary to prevent spoilage as organic wines will need to be enjoyed fairly quickly-they will not be good a day or two after the bottle has been opened. I really enjoyed Natura Merlot and the fact that it is good for you and the environment doesn’t hurt either. I also love the price which averages around $12 per bottle.