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Hi, I'm Dermot Nolan, and I became a Master of Wine (MW) in 1997, and resigned from the Institute of Masters of Wine in 2023 after being an MW for exactly 26 years. I opened a wine shop in DĂșn Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library, which closed in 2018, and this is my personal wine blog. I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article in re the ethics of wine trips and writing. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy since 1990. I was a Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events Committee, founder of the Trips Committee, and member of the Governance Committee. Having had problems with potentially libellous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Organic wine finally arrives!

Today the European Union formally announced that rules for organic wines had been agreed upon. This ends a log process of consultation which started in 2006 and was expected, originally, to have been completed by 2009. A major issue was the levels of sulfites to be allowed, as these varied among organic certifiers from EU country to country. With this agreement in place, a winemaker can now make a wine organically and not just, as was previously the case, a wine made from organically grown grapes.

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