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April 22, 2010

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story.jpgYou don't have to be a tree-hugger to show your appreciation for Mother Earth. The fact is, going green, or being green is just a simpler way to live. Our Earth Day Green Guide focuses on the four basic principles of eco-consciousness: buy organic or sustainable, buy local and make less waste. No problem.

Choose Organic Wine or Wine Made From Organic Grapes
I suppose this seems like a no-brainer. Want to drink green, buy green. When in doubt, look for certified organic wines or wines made from certified organic grapes.

yalumbaVio.jpgYalumba Organic Viognier 2009
The wine is lemon straw in colour with green hues. Lifted honeysuckle, lemon rind, apricot and peach mixed with hints of cashew and freshly turned earth deliver a complex and funky aroma. The palate is rich and textured. A luscious wine with layers of spice, citrus and apricot, showing the distinct characters of varietal Viognier which persist through to a lovely fresh finish. Enjoy with spicy Asian cuisine. (from Yalumba.com)


Find Biodynamic or Sustainably Produced Picks
I know sometimes its tough to find a really good organic wine, especially on a budget. If you haven't yet found options to your liking, check out wines that are biodynamically farmed or sustainably produced.

edge PN.jpgEscarpment Over the Edge Pinot Noir 2008
100% Martinborough Pinot Noir, grown on the alluvial gravel terraces for which the district has become famous. The season was exceptionally warm allowing high quality, fully ripe fruit to be harvested early with brilliant ripe cherry/plum flavours. A full-bodied style with great backbone and a long lingering finish. An immediately accessible wine, which will improve over the next 2 years. Enjoy with full flavoured fish dishes, lamb or vegetarian dishes. (from Escarpment Vineyards)


Try A Boxed Wine
Ignore the stigma, there really are some great options out there. I'm sure you've noticed than many organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines often come with a heftier price tag. It stands to reason that the more individual TLC any product gets, the more expensive it will be. Now that there are tasty boxed options available, you can fearlessly embrace the enormous savings advantage of buying 3-4 bottles all conveniently squished into a collapsable bag, with a tap at your fingertips. And the eco bonus, less packaging = less weight = less shipping = significantly reduced carbon footprint.

seven531.jpgOctavin Wine Bar - Seven, Red Wine of Spain
Our artisan winemaker selected seven red wine varietals to craft an energetic, engaging wine blend. Bodegas Osborne has longstanding, deep roots in the Spanish wine industry, and uses its traditions as a starting point for Seven, not as a constraint. Our "Nuevo Vino" approach was the inspiration for this wine - it is a fantastic blend of the best of Old World Spain's wine structure, soft tannins and earthy complexity, combined with New World fruit flavors and approachability. Jose has an ambitious goal for Seven: "To create a very distinctive, flavorful modern Spanish wine that still reflects the traditional characteristics of our Spanish roots." (from Octavin Home Wine Bar)


Buy Local
If you live green, you buy local produce, right? Well, you may be surprised to learn that there are wineries in each of the fifty United States--and just about every country around the world. From Israel to India, the Ukraine and Japan, just about everyone has a wine region in their back yard. If you live in the U.S.A., check out WineriesByState.com to find a winery near you.

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Posted by Noël Wallace at April 22, 2010 7:10 AM
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