Cornucopia’s Take: Grown without pesticides, organic and biodynamically grown grapes highlight the flavor of the earth they were grown in. The quality of the wine is comparable to more expensive conventional wines, even garnering higher ratings in blind taste tests from professionals.
It’s time to toast environmentally friendly grapes. A new UCLA study shows that eco-certified wine tastes better—and making the choice even easier, earlier research shows it’s often cheaper, too.
Though consumers remain reluctant to spend more on wine from organic grapes, the new study from UCLA researchers shows that in blind taste-tests professional wine reviewers give eco-certified wines higher ratings than regular wines.
The study, published today in the Journal of Wine Economics, looked at reviews and scores for more than 74,000 California wines from the magazines Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator. On a standardized 100-point scale, eco-certified wines scored an average of 4.1 points higher. The standardized scale controlled for differences between the scoring systems—for example, easy graders versus hard graders.