Posted on | November 3, 2011
Written by | BevNetwork
Last year, Estancia Winery in California made a pledge to reduce its carbon footprint and so far the results have been big. The more than 4,000 solar panels installed at the company’s Monterey facility generate 75% of the winery’s energy demand—that keeps almost 1.5 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering California’s air each year. Estancia’s effort is equivalent to planting 248 acres of forest or taking 237 vehicles off the road.
|FINE VEGAN WINE
With the release of The Vegan Vine line of wines, family-owned Clos LaChance Winery seeks to provide great California wines that educate vegan and non-vegan consumers about animal products that are often used in wine production. Clay-based bentonite is used for heat and protein stability, while gravity and sodium bitartrate are also used to fine the wines. Each bottle has a necker explaining animal products often used in wine.
|ONE BOTTLE ONE TREE
When consumers purchase a bottle of wine from the Trinity Oaks portfolio, they are also helping Trinity Oaks plant a tree. The winery has partnered with Trees for the Future, which since 1989 has helped communities worldwide. Since the partnership began in the summer of 2008, Trinity Oaks has planted more than five million trees. The California line includes Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
|NATURAL WINE EXPOSED
To award-winning writer Alice Feiring, there’s too much manipulation going on in New World winemaking. After trying natural winemaking herself, Feiring has released Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally ($24, Perseus), which examines the differences between natural and organic wine and relationships between natural food and wine. This book solidifies Feiring’s reputation as one of the wine world’s most important writers, and natural wine as a hot topic for coming years.
|NEW STORE: SUSTAINABLE AND MORE
Terra Vino is expected to open next month in Coolidge Corner in Brookline, MA, offering wines that range from being sustainable to certified biodynamic. Owner Chris Carbone is vegan, and his personal mission to find wines that fit into his lifestyle led him to open Terra Vino to offer consumers wines with a real sense of terroir and lack of manipulation. Carbone is also building out the facility to be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. ECO-FRIENDLY Wines & Spirits!