After attending the Commonwealth Meeting in San Francisco on “Wine: Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic – What Does it All Mean?,” we purchased several bottles made by Frey Vineyards and Parducci Winery. Jonathan Frey of Frey Vineyards and Paul Dolan of Parducci were featured speakers at this Commonwealth Meeting.
We found the wines at Whole Foods in San Mateo on a shelf marked: “Eco Friendly Wines.” The first wine we tasted was the Frey Petite Sirah. We paired this wine with a pork tenderloin prepared with a spice rub and grilled on the BBQ. The Frey Petite Sirah was labeled “Organic Wine.” This means that the grapes were farmed organically and no sulfites were added to the wine. We like the big bold flavors of Petite Sirah. This wine was a little lighter than most Petite Sirahs. What we noticed most was a distinct aftertaste. It is hard to describe but it is definitely there and is a taste that I did not care for. I wonder if this aftertaste is common to “Organic Wines.” I also purchased the Frey Sangiovese, an organic wine as well, and I will try that next. We rate the Frey Vineyards Petite Sirah a 3.25 on our 5 point rating system.