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Green Corner: September 2012 Edition

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Estancia Estates’ GM and Director of Winemaking Scott Kelley is committed to producing balanced wines at the Central Coast California winery known for its sustainable practices and consistent quality. In the pursuit of ‘uncommon balance,’ Estancia recently announced a new national ambassador in the form of Colleen Saidman, celebrity yogini. She is the co-executive yoga director of Donna Karan’s Health & Wellness Initiative of the Urban Zen Foundation, and has paired with Estancia to offer lifestyle tips. Saidman says, “Working with Estancia Winery gives me the opportunity to help people understand that yoga is about finding spiritual balance amidst the chaos of our normal lives, while also allowing time to enjoy a glass of wine with those important in our lives.”




As a closure, cork is still a point of contention for many wine lovers. But this much is certain: cork is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and renewable. ReCORK, a recycling program sponsored by Amorim of Portugal, aims to recycle corks and educate the public about the role cork forests play in curbing climate change. Used and surplus corks are obtained from consumers, retailers, restaurants, tasting rooms, etc. via drop-off locations and recycling partners—there 68 drop-off spots across New York State alone and over 1,200 countrywide. Used corks can then be repurposed in multiple ways, transformed into building insulation, sports equipment and shoes, for example. Some of ReCork’s recycling partners include Diageo, E&J Gallo, Wilson Daniels and Kermit Lynch.



Treasury Wine Estates, known as the world’s largest publicly listed wine-only company, announced that 100% of its company-owned and leased vineyards in California are now certified as sustainable by third parties. Michael Kluczko, SVP of Americas Supply, stated, “At Treasury Wine Estates, sustainability is integral to our company culture and long-term success. We have a long-running commitment to embedding sustainability throughout every part of our business.”



Stellar Energy, one of the nation’s foremost large-scale solar energy integrators, has announced completion of its solar project at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg, CA. The solar power generated is expected to offset the winery’s utility by 99% and save the winery nearly $4.9 million in electricity costs over the next 30 years. Prior to this project, the winery’s focus was a six-year program which intended to reduce its energy use to the lowest possible level before switching to solar power. Cool roofs, new refrigeration units, new warehouse doors and other installations were put in to reach the winery’s electricity reduction goals. As a result of this project, the winery’s electrical demand decreased by 25%, making Jordan one of the first wineries certified in the Sonoma Green Business Program.



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