Eco-Certified Wines Taste Better

It's time for some good news…

It turns out that eco-friendly wines aren’t just better for the planet - they taste better, too!

As Science Daily reports - a new study out of UCLA and published in the Journal of Wine Economics looked at tens of thousands of California wines and found that:

On a standardized 100-point scale, eco-certified wines scored an average of 4.1 points higher. The standardized scale controlled for differences between the scoring systems -- for example, easy graders versus hard graders.

Why the taste advantage for eco-friendly wines?

Scientists aren't exactly sure - but they did notice a slight taste advantage of eco-friendly red wines over their white counterparts.

So pour yourself a glass of eco-safe wine and drink up - you're helping save the planet - and learning a thing or too about nice vino while you're at it!


Scotty11 6 years 24 weeks ago

Raising wine grapes to Organic standards and preparing to certify our small Pinot Noir vineyard in both Organic and Biodynamic...I was surprised by the term eco-wines.

In the past, I'd equate eco-wines with the term 'Natural'...though with additional study I see that France uses 'Ecocert' to Organically certify many of the vineyards and wineries.

Having the good fortune to be located in the McMinnville AVA in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, we are surrounded by what may be the largest concentration of Biodynamic vineyards and wineries anywhere in the County, I'll concur that the Organic and particulary the Biodynamic wines are unique and changing year by year and are normally rated among the best.


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2950-10K 6 years 24 weeks ago

I just took a buddy to blue monday at a local winery today, an "eco friendly" one, he 's a weed smoker, and he rediscovered the joys of alcohol ...LOL! ......great music too!

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2950-10K 6 years 24 weeks ago

We had a red wine called Purple Haze....! Finger Lakes Rasta winery!

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bobcox 6 years 24 weeks ago

Placebo effect?

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SueForward 6 years 24 weeks ago

I would expect eco-friendly wine to taste better, because grapes grown with love of planet as well as self, would naturally taste better. I know that isn't a very scientific answer, but I truly believe it is at least part of it.

Speaking of science, though, were theses taste tests blind taste tests? I ask because I'm sure at least some testers would unconsciously "prefer" the eco-friendly wine. I suspect it would influence me to know that.

Thank you, Thom, for your informative progressive reporting.


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