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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

When Is a Wine No Longer Good to Drink?

Not until you've opened the bottle and decided for yourself

Posted: July 29, 2014  By Dana Nigro

Wine Spectator senior editor Dana Nigro answers the question, How do you know if a wine is still good to drink? (Open it!)

News & Features  :  News

A to Z Goes B Corp: Oregon Winery Commits to Serving the Public Good

Leading producer of value Pinot Noir and Chardonnay earns certification as a benefits corporation

Posted: June 18, 2014  By Dana Nigro

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Memoriam: Alan York

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Dana Nigro

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Can Sonoma Wine Go 100 Percent Sustainable?

County growers and vintners set ambitious five-year goal, but it will take much work

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Does Organically Grown Wine Need a 'Lifestyle' Expert?

A green style author, designer and merchandiser takes on the category

Posted: April 22, 2014  By Dana Nigro

Danny Seo believes that organically grown wines still have an image problem among a vast swath of Americans. He thinks he can help. If you don't know Danny, he's a boyishly personable former editor of Organic Style magazine who has positioned himself as an expert on living green stylishly and affordably with his Simply Green, Upcycling and Conscious Style Home books, "Do Just One Thing" syndicated newspaper tips, TV appearances on The Today Show and Dr. Oz and his own line of eco-chic housewares. Now he's adding wine to his portfolio.

Seo admits to knowing little about wine except what he likes. During a showcase last year for his upcoming new product lines, he either had the self-deprecating charm to act nervous about speaking to Wine Spectator or was a bit uncomfortable at having to field questions without his wine partner, Mike Votto of Connecticut-based Votto Vines Importing. "I'm not a winemaker. I'm not going to pretend I'm a Real Housewife," Seo quipped. "I don't want to pretend I'm out at the vineyard crushing grapes." What he does, Seo said, is work with partners who are experts in the field, sourcing the products.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Books to Boost Your Green IQ: 'Down to Earth'

California growers show off the benefits and beauty of working in environmentally and socially responsible ways

Posted: April 1, 2014  By Dana Nigro

Sustainability never looked so good as in Down to Earth, an informative new coffee-table book for wine lovers that's packed with enticing photography of vineyards full of flowering plants, beautiful birds, lush grapes, adorable weed-grazing sheep and goats, and the people who farm these plots.

Created to showcase the work of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, the book highlights the stories of 15 of the state's winegrowers—representing small and large businesses, families and corporations, green pioneers like Bonterra and newer converts.

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

The Environmental Cost of a Bottle of Wine

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Serious Is Long Island About Sustainable Wine?

Region's new program gets green thumbs-up from outside expert

Posted: March 17, 2014  By Dana Nigro

When a group of winegrowers develops an eco-friendly certification program for their own region, one question you have to ask is: How serious are they? If the very people who have to live up to the goals are setting the goals, isn't there a possibility that they won't set the bar higher than they and their neighbors can easily reach? Does the certification hold everyone's feet to the fire or is it just a way to look good for the public?

That was a potential concern when four leading Long Island producers—Bedell Cellars, Shinn Estate, Channing Daughters and Martha Clara Vineyards—developed the first sustainability code and certification for vineyards on the East Coast in 2012 and launched the nonprofit Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing organization to oversee it. But if you didn't personally know the sincerity and commitment of people like Bedell winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich and Barbara Shinn, if you hadn't walked their vineyards with them, as I have, how sure could you be of what they were trying to do?

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Mencía, Touriga Nacional, Rosé

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Remembering a Guru of Green: Biodynamic Consultant Alan York

Posted: February 14, 2014  By Dana Nigro

Alan York, a California-based leader in the biodynamic viticulture movement in the United States and abroad, died Feb. 3 at the age of 62. He inspired many to adopt greener horticultural practices in his decades-long career as a gardener and landscape designer, international vineyard consultant and speaker, and president of the Biodynamic Association and editor of the quarterly Biodynamics journal for a stint. He was overseeing biodynamic farming at all four of Benziger's certified vineyard estates and worked with clients ranging from Emiliana and Matetic in Chile and Alto Las Hormigas in Argentina to Sting's Il Palagio estate in Tuscany.

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