Natural Wine Hall of Fame: Deirdre Heekin

If there is one thing about the wine world, it’s that the people who devote their lives to it have amazing stories to tell. The way each person comes to wine is unique and maybe that’s why we’re able to discuss the different traits of each glass of wine with such vigor and interest. The bottles are just like each one of us.

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5 Additives In Your Wine Glass

Wine is a delicious drink to enjoy with a meal or on its own. Savoring a glass of quality wine and tasting the different flavors is an experience that people have enjoyed for centuries.

Did you know there are actually additives and chemicals in non-organic wine that don’t have to be listed as an ingredient? Who you purchase your wine from makes a difference in taste, overall quality, and how you feel when drinking it.

Here are 5 additives in your wine glass that you may not even know are there: 

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Natural Wine Hall of Fame: Pamela Busch

Pamela Busch has been an influential member of the wine industry for over thirty years. She has founded and directed wine bars in the San Francisco area, taught wine classes, and has spent the last 15 years writing about wine in the San Francisco Examiner and on her own blog, The Vinguard.

She was one of the first wine directors to focus on natural wines and bring more awareness to the natural wine movement, especially in California.
Busch started out as an assistant for a publisher in NYC, but feeling uninspired and looking for more, she got a temporary job at Astor Wines, which turned into a multi-year experience and resulted in her moving to San Francisco to work in wine full-time. Once the wine bug hits you, it can be hard to leave it behind!

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Beyond the Bottle: What Goes into Making your Wine Matters

As a wine drinker, it’s important to know what goes into your vino. Like anything we eat and drink, there’s a story of how it got from soil to table. The wine you drink is a powerful instrument of change, each sip a vote for what kind of planet future generations will inherit. Thankfully, you’ve got options beyond that bottle of supermarket value wine, the same way you can choose between conventional produce that was harvested out of season and shipped from 1000 miles away. Rising concerns of climate change, oppressive social and economic systems, and the long term economic viability of the wine market has led to a resurgence in traditional winemaking processes that diverge from conventional viticulture.

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Natural Wine Hall of Fame: Alice Feiring

March is Women’s History Month, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to spend this month featuring women who work in the wine world and share some of their contributions. Historically, wine has been a male-dominated industry across the globe, but in recent years, women are becoming more and more influential.

To start off the month, we want to write about a journalist and natural wine advocate – none other than Alice Feiring. Feiring has been based in New York City since the 1990s and is one of the original voices that promoted natural wine. In 2011, she won “Online Communicator of the Year” by the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards for her writing and her newsletter “The Feiring Line.” Read more

The Rhizosphere: A Microscopic Ecosystem

Significant but Small

The word “ecosystem” conjures up images of green grass, lush forests, bunny rabbits, and foxes. Rarely does the image of dark, damp spaces filled with worms and bacteria come to mind. But just because an ecosystem is microscopic doesn’t mean it isn’t important. This tiny ecosystem is called the rhizosphere and it exists between plant roots and the soil. Its only requirements are water and an established homeostasis between all players. 

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Bliss Wine Imports co-founder posing in front of a vineyard

Biodynamic Farming: The Secret Behind Some of the World’s Most Famous Wines

Learn all about biodynamic farming and discover why some of the most recognized names in winemaking depend on them to create their signature bottles.

You’re probably familiar with organic, sustainable farming, but what if there were an even better way to farm? A method that nourished all elements of the land, from microorganisms to livestock? Well, there is. Biodynamic farming is inherently sustainable, ethical, and organic, and it’s revolutionizing the wine industry. If you’re ready to discover wines that are truly worth your attention, read on.

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Wine Club Recap: Purity Wines – January 2020

January is a month for firsts… and this January I’m doing a big first…

The Bliss Wine Club is featuring wines from my good friend and California winemaker Noel Diaz. Yes…you heard me… January is featuring non-imported wines! Noel Diaz is the owner and winemaker of Purity Wines in California.

Purity Wines are among my FAVORITE domestic natural wines. Noel and I have done case exchanges in the past where I give him 12 bottles and he gives me 12 bottles. This means I get to enjoy his wines all year long and they make up most of the California wine that I drink.

This might not happen again…we had some logistical hiccups and delayed shipments from Europe that threw a wrench in what I was planning to send. I didn’t want to repeat any wines we sent for the wine club last year and then I had this brilliant idea! I called up Noel and he was happy to help us out. His wines are not easy to find so I’m excited to have picked out four awesome bottles for you.

Just a heads up… I only have enough wine for 3 new members… so now is the perfect time to sign up! First come, first serve. This is extremely limited stock.

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