Category Archives: Sustainable

The wild, the exotic. The Donkey, the Goat.

A Donkey and Goat – yes, that’s the winery name, though the “A” sometimes gets lost – is a darling of the natural wine movement, champions of minimalist winemaking. Right in the heart of California, the husband and wife team … Continue reading

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Shades of Green

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Gather a few winegrowers together and ask them about their craft, and you’re likely to hear some thought-provoking answers. Such was the case earlier this month when I moderated a panel discussion on “green” winemaking at the National Museum of … Continue reading

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The Best Wine with Salmon? Not Pinot Noir …

Despite what the winemakers and the marketing folks will tell you, the best wine to pair with salmon is not pinot noir, whether from Oregon or anywhere else. No, the best wine with salmon is Oregon pinot gris. At least, … Continue reading

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NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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Sales of “Green” Wine are Up, and Monsanto Smiles …

Sales of so-called €œgreen€ wines increased 12.1 percent over the past year, nearly four times the growth rate of wine sales in general, according to a new Nielsen Company report released last week at the €œGreen Wine Summit€ in Santa … Continue reading

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Carbon-Neutral Wine

Wineries today tout their green credentials almost as much as their scores from influential wine magazines. Solar power, sustainable or organic or biodynamic (s/o/b) viticulture, and “carbon-neutral” winemaking are all marketing buzzwords for wineries. In today’s column in The Washington … Continue reading

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California DOES make good bargain wine!

It is easy to knock California for not making affordable wine worth drinking. And that€™s mostly the wine industry€™s fault, because they would like us to focus on the high-end cult cabernets and chardonnays that sell for triple figures to … Continue reading

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Oregon Pinot Noir – Sustainably Good

Oregon pinot noir offers an ideal opportunity to explore the effects of terroir, as the state€™s main wine region, the Willamette (rhymes with €˜dammit€™) Valley features two main soil types, each with its own expression in the wine. I explore … Continue reading

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Of Cow Horns and the Cosmos

Biodynamics is a small but rapidly growing style of winemaking. Basically put, biodynamics is €œExtreme Organics,€ going way beyond avoidance of chemical fertlizers, pesticides and herbicides to include some rather esoteric practices. The wackiest of these is probably the only … Continue reading

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A Toast to Earth Day

Today is a day to celebrate our planet. Heck €“ the government has finally acknowledged that we€™re killing it with greenhouse gases. Maybe now we can take some steps to help the environment. One step might be to support earth-friendly … Continue reading

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