Posted on | February 27, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|NEWTON VINEYARD DOES ECO-CHIC
For Newton Vineyard’s fourth annual “Eco- Chic” project, the sustainable Napa Valley winery selected contemporary American designers Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Chicago-based studio Materious to design a tabletop piece. The result is 100 hand-crafted “Puzzle” trays inspired by Newton’s vineyards and meant to complement Newton’s Unfiltered line of wines. Each piece is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified walnut wood, and retails for $499. Available at newtonvineyard.com and boutiques and wine retailers nationwide this April.
|SWEDISH ORGANIC ARRIVES
New to restaurants, bars, hotels and retail stores in New York, South Florida and California is Kanon Organic Vodka. Kanon is produced by Sweden’s only EU- and U.S.-certified organic distillery. The entire wheat-to-bottle production process takes place in a three mile radius, using 100% organic wheat sourced from organic farmers and untouched well water. Kanon is then distilled in a four-column, single distillation process, with naturally occurring yeast and starch. Any refuse is reused or recycled with the bottles, which are made of recycled glass. SRP: $26
|CERTIFIABLY SUSTAINABLE IN RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
Based in the Russian River Valley, J Vineyards & Winery has achieved sustainable status through the California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance (CSWA). This covers all vineyard and winery operations. Says John Erbe, J Vineyards & Winery viticulturalist, “Our estate vineyards have been planted utilizing the latest techniques in water conservation, wildlife habitat corridors, and soil erosion reduction.” CSWA’s program is a third-party verification and certification process, based on 227 “best practices” designed to promote environmental stewardship, energy and natural resource conservation and equitable business practices.
Miniwiz is a Taiwanese design company committed to clever design dedicated to the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. Re-Wine offers wine drinkers a reusable wine-carrying case, made from recyclable and partially biodegradable materials, that can be transformed into a desk lamp with the empty wine bottle or into furniture or wall building blocks. Re-Wine’s Polli-ber casing (made from post consumer PE/PET and waste fiber material) ensures the bottle doesn’t break or spill.