Organic wines – Frey Chardonnay

April is Earth Month so I thought it would be fun to explore some the organic wines I see more prominently displayed these days. Whole Foods has an entire wine section devoted to Eco-Friendly wines. The Foster City Costco has increased its number of organic wines. There are two types of organic wines to consider. The first, and most abundant, are wines that are made from organically grown grapes. The second type, and less available, are wines that are organic from start to finish. The grapes are organically grown and the wine is made without anything but natural products. I have one organic wine to review in this article.

Frey Mendocino Chardonnay 2013 Costco – $8.99. Reviewed by Joe

This is true organic wine from start to finish. The Frey Mendocino Chardonnay 2013 is aged in stainless steel but does see some oak along the way. It contains all natural products. This is a good-tasting, mild Chardonnay that is crisp and refreshing. We get apples galore in this wine. There is nothing remotely in this wine that smacks of big toasted oak, butter or a creamy texture. I think of this wine as a good crowd-pleasing wine. In fact, we’re having a luncheon this weekend and this is one of the wines I will be serving. On the Frey online wine shop, the price is $15. 87 Points.

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Frey Mendocino Organic Chardonnay

Cameron Hughes Lot 464 Lodi Zinfandel 2012 – $7.99. Reviewed by Mike

I was very impressed with the 464 from Cameron Hughes. It is not a big-bodied wine (13.9%) but it had big aromatics of blackberry and loganberry. It is easy to drink with minimal tannins but packs a lot of subtle flavors. I like this wine with grilled meats or a good pasta dish. This Lodi Zinfandel is all about immediate pleasure and drinkability. 89 Points. On the online wine shop, $13

See the man himself as he tastes his Cameron Hughes Lot 464 Lodi Zinfandel 2012. If you don’t see it, click here.

Fadeaway Pinot Noir 2012 – Trader Joe’s – $8.99. Reviewed by Bruce

This wine reminds me a little of the Seaglass Pinot Noir that Joe reviewed a couple of weeks ago. I would love to compare the two side-by-side. It has good Pinot Noir character with notes of ripe cherry and good acidity. The wine has a decent finish with fruitiness to savor. The wine is not terribly complex but a great bargain at the price of $8.99. 88 Points

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Fadeaway Pinot at TJ’s

Vintage Wine Taster Joe F. posted this link to Consumer’s Checkbook on wine prices at various San Francisco Bay Area wine shops and wine retailers. Take a look and see which store has the overall best wine prices. Can you guess?


  1. I took a chance with the Cameron Hughes Lodi Zin when I purchased it at the Foster City Costco. I’m not a fan of Central Valley wines. But for 7.99 and the Steve the Costco wine steward’s encouragement I found it was worth the try. I agree with Mike’s review. It was every bit as good as Mike said.

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