August 26 2010, 9:46 AM
In recent years, I’ve become an organic convert, purchasing organic food whenever my budget allows. This year’s find: Door to Door Organics, which delivers fresh produce to my home weekly. But I confess: I haven’t been as faithful to the organic movement when it comes to wine, mostly because only a small percentage of wine grapes are grown in certified organic vineyards. Plus, there’s a bit of controversy surrounding these wines, with some people claiming the organic label signifies sub-par wines, often produced by wineries looking for a marketing boost. All this may be changing, however. I recently learned of Jack Rabbit Hill, a Colorado winery that produces high-quality organic and biodynamic wines. Its 2009 Dill Farm Riesling wowed me. The slightly sweet white tastes of warm pears, citrus, and spice, and would pair well with a dry Jack cheese or spicy noodle dish. The 2008 M&N, a red blend of Pinot Noir and Meunier, is equally impressive. It’s smooth, with notes of dark cherry, violet, and coffee, and would nicely complement a grilled pork roast. Tip: The wines (and others from Jack Rabbit) are available on tap at Mercury Cafe in Denver. Tap wine---like beer---is stored in reusable stainless steel kegs that are easy on the environment and keep the wine fresh much longer than open bottles.