How would you like to save the environment and drink at the same time? Yes, it’s possible. And, yes, we’re in. (Did you really need to ask?)
The experts at Food & Wine recently published a short list of recommendations from wineries around the country that have found a variety of ways to go green while still putting out some fabulous bottles.
Their two top picks are both fresh summer whites…
The 2006 Sokol Blosser Estsate Pinot Gris is one of many refreshing whites offered by this vineyard, all of which have received acclaim. With bio-diesel fueled tractors, LEED certification and solar powered energy, Sokol Blosser is also receiving acclaim for its green practices.
From Frog’s Leap Winery comes a 2007 Sauvignon Blanc described as ‘crisp and juicy’. As a vineyard that has always taken pride in organic production, the winery also uses renewable geothermal energy for heating and cooling its buildings.
If you’re more of a red wine lover, try the 2005 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot from Novelty Hill Wines who were the first in the Columbia Valley to be granted ‘salmon safe’ certification, or the 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Rodney Strong Vineyards where 80,000 square feet of solar panels produce the same amount of power that would be used for 800 homes.