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Forbes: Top 10 Food Trends For 2012

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Natural & Organic Wines

“When selecting certain wines and producers, I try to prioritize those who are respectful of the environment during the production process,” says chef/sommelier Andre Compeyre of Benoit New York. Bretton Lammi, sommelier at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, calls natural and organic wines “a win-win for the environment and for the end consumer.” You probably already love some of these wines without knowing how they're made, and eliminating pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers in winemaking, he says, “keeps these chemicals out of the water table and rivers and stops the endless cycle of constantly adding more nutrients to the soil because of what was stripped from it by the synthetic additives.” Don’t expect an all organic industry anytime soon, though. “We still have all the French ‘classics’ on our list, that aren’t necessarily classified as organic but remain our most sought after,” Compeyre says.

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