Demystifying "Organic" Wines


Have you ever had a glass of wine from southern France?

How about central Spain?

If so, chances are you"ve consumed an "organic" wine--perhaps without even knowing it...

An Environmental Offer You Can't Refuse


For more than 30 years, Francis Ford Coppola Winery--named for the iconic director who brought us "The Godfather"--has been committed to environmentally responsible business practices.

All 24 planted acres are sustainably farmed and part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program, and the winery purchases fruit only from growers who farm sustainably.

As part of the CSWP, Coppola has become a learning-teaching vineyard...

Grilling the "Green" Way


If you'd like to take a more environmentally-friendly approach to grilling this year, be aware that although charcoal and briquettes are the least-expensive fuel options, they're also the dirtiest.

Charcoal sends soot and carbon monoxide into the air, lump charcoal contributes to both deforestation and greenhouse gas, and briquettes can contain various carcinogenic chemicals from the wood's previous life.


LEED Certification for Niner Wine Estates


After years of planning and constructing, Niner Wine Estates has been awarded LEED Silver Certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

"We are simply thrilled," said owners Richard and Pam Niner in a press release. "We recognize that LEED Certification is a significant achievement, given the complexities of a winery operation, and one that was very important to our entire team."

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the preeminent building rating program that is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Yes, You CAN Recycle Those Used Corks


All of us are trying to live "greener," which brings up the question among wine lovers: Can corks be recycled?


And no.

Grgich Hills: Now 100% Biodynamic


All 366 acres of the Grgich Hills Estate in the Napa Valley are certified Biodynamic by the Demeter Association.

Although the estate had used pesticides sparingly in the past, it began farming organically in 2000. In 2002, Vice President of Vineyards and Production Ivo Jeramaz became interested in Biodynamics after attending a lecture by French Biodynamics pioneer Nicolas Jay...

Earth Day Wine Events in Southern California


Here's a look at some of the events being planned by Southern California and Central Coast wineries in conjunction with Earth Day 2011...

* Ancient Peaks Winery (Paso Robles): Take a free tour of Ancient Peak's sustainably farmed Margarita Vineyard and historic Rancho Santa Margarita on Earth Day. By appointment only.

Info: 805-365-7045, or

* Claiborne & Churchill Vintners (San Luis Obispo's Edna Valley): Claiborne & Churchill is offering a Green Building Tour and Wine Tasting on April 17 to celebrate Earth Month...

Earth Day Wine Events in Northern California


Here's a look at some of the events being planned by Northern California wineries in conjunction with Earth Day 2011...

* Artesa Vineyards & Winery (Napa Valley): Artesa is offering a discounted tour and tasting on April 22. The excursion, offered at $30 (33 percent off the regular price), includes a tour of the winery followed by an educational tour of the Pinot Noir vineyard. Guides will talk about their green practices and water conservation efforts, and the event includes a tasting...

Wineries Plan Earth Day Activities


With the world's largest sustainable winegrowing program, California wine country is the perfect place to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and throughout the month.

Whether you're passionate about protecting the environment, dealing with a bout of spring fever after a long winter, or a wine lover eager to experience a new wine region, California's wineries and hotels are making it easy to escape for an eco-friendly getaway...

A Pioneer in Organic Farming Passes Away


Marcel Lapierre believed strongly in a "minimalist" approach to winemaking, and he practiced what he preached at his estate in the Morgon appellation of France's Burgundy region.

Part of his philosophy involved embracing organic viticulture by eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides in his vineyard...

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