LCBO Food & Drink Early Summer 2024

Trending The world of winemaking is ever-changing and evolving.

Here are a few terms you may have seen or heard but may not know what they mean.

Organic • Certified Organic uses 100% of grapes grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers • Compost, compost teas, green manure and cover crops are often used as fertilizer Biodynamic • Generally certified through Demeter Farm Standard • The guiding principle is that the farm is a living organism • Self-contained, self-sustaining, following the cycles of nature Vegan • Uses only vegetable-based alternatives (no animal products) for winemaking processes • Most wines are vegan-friendly but check with the winery • Several Ontario wineries are VegeCert certified Gluten-Free • Most wines are gluten-free, but check with the winery to confirm • Gluten can be used in the fining process, but this is rare Natural Wines • “Natural” has no legally defined meaning or official certification or government regulations • Applies to wines made with the loose concept of “nothing added, nothing taken away”

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