1. Hi Faith. I wish local grapes had fewer pesticides, but unfortunately it’s not so. Virginia grapes, especially, get huge amounts of fungicides and pesticides because the area is home to just about every known grape pest or disease. Many European (especially French) wines are organic, but they don’t necessarily say so on the label, so you have to do some snooping to figure it out (good wine sellers generally know). There is a “natural wine” movement right now, but I think it’ll be a while before it comes to Virginia. Will has all sorts of ideas about growing grapes naturally around here, but it’ll be years before we know if any of his ideas pan out. 😉

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