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Understanding Sustainable, Organic, & Biodynamic Wines

    Wed, September 29, 2021 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)

Cost: $25.00 per screen

Understanding Sustainable, Organic, & Biodynamic Wines – discover the benefits, similarities, and differences!

Are you interested in the fascinating and complex world of sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines? Then join university-level wine instructor, Certified Wine Educator, Certified Sommelier, and dipWSET Diploma holder, Nathan Frye, and Certified Sommelier, Montana Rae, for an evening of exploration and delight!

You’ll discover the differences and similarities between these categories and learn the history and benefits of these approaches to wine production. Gain confidence and understanding about the world of sustainability, organics, and biodynamics as they relate to wine and learn how to taste like a pro.

Taste with Us! We recommend the following supplies:

• At least one wine (see suggestions below!)

• At least one tulip-shaped glass

• A spit cup or similar vessel

• A method for taking notes

• A blank sheet of white paper (separate from your note taking supplies)

• Set up in a well-lit room

• Don't wear any strong scents or drink/eat any pungent items (coffee, garlic, etc.) a couple of hours prior to class.

Helping the Planet:

The Wine Ship is committed to sustainability for a healthier, happier planet. 10% of the profits from this class will be donated to Nature & Culture International in support of their work to sustain ecosystems and indigenous communities.


If you'd like to purchase wine to accompany the class, we recommend the below options.

​You can purchase from Applejack Wine & Spirits in Denver, order online from, or visit your local wine shop and ask for these or similar wines.

Secateurs Rosé | Swartland, South Africa | SUSTAINABLE | This is a unique rosé made from very old vines. It displays the minerality characteristic of the wines from Kalmoesfontein farm. The aromas are complex with notes of red fruits, spice, rose water, and currants. The wine is generous and textured with a long finish. PURCHASEAPPLEJACK | WINE.COM

Berger Gruner Veltliner | Kremstal, Austria | SUSTAINABLE | ​Fresh and complex with citrus, floral and mineral flavors that linger in the mouth. This producer makes focused wines that express varietal typicity and terroir. In the winery, the character of the fruit is preserved by using cultured yeast in combination with slow, temperature-controlled fermentations. PURCHASEAPPLEJACK | WINE.COM

12 e Mezzo Chardonnay | Puglia, Italy | ORGANIC | Made with organically grown grapes, the wine has a straw yellow color with green hints. On the nose, its elegantly aromatic bouquet is reminiscent of mimosa flowers with citrus notes. On the palate, it is balanced with great acidity and a long, fresh finish. PURCHASEAPPLEJACK | NOT AVAILABLE ON WINE.COM

12 e Mezzo Primitivo | Puglia, Italy | ORGANIC | ​Made with organically grown grapes, this is an intense red wine with hints of violets and fresh red fruits. On the nose, notes of currants and blackberries mingle with aromatics of nutmeg, licorice, chocolate, and vanilla for a beautifully elegant bouquet. The finish is long and balanced with hints of coconut and ripe fruit. PURCHASEAPPLEJACK | WINE.COM

Maysara 3 Degrees Pinot Noir | Willamette Valley, Oregon | BIODYNAMIC | Intriguing notes of fresh earth, oak leaves, and pepper are woven together in the initial impression. Lifted, verdant tannins give this wine a firm structure, showcasing its characteristic spiciness. A vibrant and snappy Pinot. PURCHASEAPPLEJACK | WINE.COM

Meet Your Instructor, Nathan Frye, dipWSET, CWE, CS

​At the age of twenty-one, Nathan began his career in the wine industry in Boulder, Colorado, and has continued to work in managerial capacities in wine retail and distribution for over 25 years. He holds a master’s degree in marketing and instructional design from

the University of Denver, an undergraduate degree in Sociology, and various wine industry credentials, including: Diploma in Wines (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), Certified Wine Educator (Society of Wine Educators), Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), and French Wine Scholar (French Wine Society).

Nathan has worked as an adjunct wine instructor at Johnson & Wales Culinary University and has served as a wine judge for the Denver International Wine Competition.

Have wine bug, will travel - since 2003, Nathan has visited dozens of winegrowing regions in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Croatia, California, and Oregon. He spent a year living in South America where he interned as a cellar rat at a Malbec-only winery in Mendoza. He also conducted wine education seminars for a South American travel company. When he’s not obsessing over fine wine and food, Nathan can be found playing tennis, shredding on his electric guitar, camping with his high school friends, or hanging out with his pug, Gigi.

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  • biodynamics
  • biodynamic wine
  • wine education

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