Earth Day Every Day: which wine to choose? Five Tips for “green” wine purchases

I’ve been eco-minded since I was small. My first memories are of the sand between my toes, the smell of damp earth under the house, and the joy of being one with a tree or a rock when climbing it. I’m a Girl Scout First Class, I backpacked from Mexico to Canada, and I have a BA from UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies plus graduate classes in conservation biology. I’ve hooted for spotted owls, surveyed for goshawks, hacked peregrine falcons, and preserved burrowing owl habitat.

These days, I spend as much time as possible in the outdoors, camping, traveling, and enjoying fine food and wine! Here we are in Zion recently on top of Angel’s Landing–then enjoying a meal with a bottle of Barolo at the campground.

I’m still an environmental activist,  speaking out about environmental issues at City Council and leading monthly bicycle rides around town. You can read more about bicycle issues over at my Bikergo Gal blog.

So, yes I have some serious “green” cred: I’ve been celebrating Earth Day since before it was invented. Caring about how wine is made and how “green” wine is came “naturally” to me–I also grew up running around my grandfather’s cellar!

Like many, I assumed that wine is “natural.” As I’ve learned more about wine over the past few years, I’ve been appalled at how manipulated wine is  and disgusted by some of the green washing that goes on in the wine industry.

So I do my best to navigate my way to purchase wines that are more green on the sustainability spectrum and produced as naturally as possible. And here on this blog, I try my best to call attention to “green” wines and “green” wine practices to support them.

This afternoon, my friend David Rodriguez is visiting from Puerto Rico–we met in Santa Rosa CA at the first Wine Bloggers Conference in 2008. He’s a world traveling wine blogger with a particular interest in wines that are made in traditional, “natural” ways that are sustainable and gentle to the earth. I look forward to learning from him about some of his recent finds –and tasting some of these wines also since many of them he is storing in my grandfather’s cellar!

Here are five choices you can make to green your wine–whether you prefer red or white! Happy Earth Day! Continue reading

Regional Wine Week, Meet Blog Action Day on Climate Change 2009!

nowtopia_cover_4x6web by Chris CarlssonThree books that I’m into right now are perfect companions to Blog Action Day on Climate Change 2009 — Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists and Vacant-Lot Gardeners Are Inventing the Future Today by Chris Carlsson (AK Press 2008), Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration edited by Chris Carlsson (AK Press 2002) and Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (Penguin 2009). Critical Mass edited by Chris Carlsson

And while you’re relaxing enjoying a book about how to combat climate change by getting out of your car and riding a bike or by growing your own food and supporting local agriculture, or by using biodiesel or by signing a petition or by preparing to speak out at a public meeting or by writing a blog post or by any number of different actions…

Why not ALSO participate in regional wine week? Try out being a locavore by eating locally produced foods and be a locapour with what you drink! Learn more about Regional Wine Week from Thea Dwelle aka @WineBratSF from her blog post here.

My choice for a locapour tonight would be the Indigena Syrah by Vino V which is produced about 10 miles away from me with the grapes grown about 6o miles away and where winemaker Michael Meagher experimented with indigenous yeasts which would have gone great with the potato, carrot and onion soup made from vegies from our CSA (consumer supported agriculture). Another choice for me would be wines from Casa Barranca which are locally produced wines made from organically grown grapes.

How are you changing YOUR lifestyle to combat climate change and participate in being part of the solution instead of the problem?Re