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March 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

A Bottle Without Glass

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Kasey Carpenter

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?

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.

News & Features  :  News

Documents Question Safety of Proposed Bridge in Germany's Mosel Valley

The roadway, which some winemakers oppose, could prove unstable; ministers reject claims

Posted: January 2, 2014  By Ted Shoemaker

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Oregon Shelves Ambitious Program For Green Wine Certification

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Dana Nigro

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Compound Found In Wine Could Improve Biodiesel

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Esther Mobley

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

A Book to Boost Your Green IQ

The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Wines By Shannon Borg

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  News

Court Blocks Sonoma Vineyard Planting

Judge rules that winery needs to review environmental impact; Artesa argues land is zoned for farming

Posted: December 13, 2013  By Kasey Carpenter

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Fetzer vs. Fetzer: Battle Over Eagle Peak

Plus, a Canadian ice wine maker suffers the perils of publicity, and a Burgundy vigneron is fighting the government to keep his biodynamic vineyard pesticide free

Posted: December 5, 2013  

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Selling Wines the Whole Foods Way

Posted: November 30, 2013  By Dana Nigro

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Sugarcane Closure

Posted: November 30, 2013  By Dana Nigro

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

From Compost to Cupcakes

Posted: November 30, 2013  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

A Tale of Two Downton Abbey Wines

Plus, PaperBoy delivers wine in … paper, a Hungarian vintner may face charges for poisoning his wine, and Gallo gives $100,000 to Typhoon Haiyan relief

Posted: November 14, 2013  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Books to Boost Your Green IQ: The Green Vine

Shannon Borg's new tome offers a jumping-on point for wine lovers interested in eco-friendly drinking

Posted: November 5, 2013  By Dana Nigro

When I first decided that how a wine is grown mattered to me as much as whether I enjoy the taste, I wished I had a handy reference that laid out all the environmentally friendly practices, certifications and wineries. Instead, I spent months reading books and websites, interviewing experts, tracking down certified or practicing producers, touring vineyards and wineries and poring over retail shelves. (See Green Revolutionaries.)

Washington wine writer, educator and sommelier Shannon Borg wanted the same thing when she started her journey, so she curated her own personal introduction to the topic, focusing on the U.S. West Coast. The result is The Green Vine, a nice stocking stuffer of a book for eco-minded foodies who want to learn more about wine or for wine lovers who've decided it's time to know more about sustainable, organic and biodynamic winegrowing.

News & Features  :  News

Oregon Shelves an Ambitious Green Wine Certification

OCSW is discontinued after initial support fades; Sustainable certification gains strength

Posted: November 5, 2013  By Dana Nigro

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Natural Confusion

Posted: October 31, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

When Did Clean Become a Dirty Word?

A spin through the Wine Experience proves good wine doesn't need funk for character

Posted: October 29, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

Am I the only person dismayed at how the discourse about wine seems to have devolved into posturing about whether this particular wine is "natural" enough, or that one has enough "authenticity"?

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Mob Wines You Can't Refuse?

Plus, the French government restocks its cellar, recycling carbon dioxide in Bordeaux, and a brewing AOC controversy in Sancerre

Posted: October 24, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Is it possible for bugs to live inside a bottle of wine?

Posted: October 18, 2013  

Oct. 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Wildlife in Peril as Climate Change Shifts Winelands

Posted: October 15, 2013  By Dana Nigro

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