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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Sells Out … Cabernet

Plus, Washington's wine industry steps up for mudslide relief, a Burgundy vintner's sentence for refusing to use pesticides is reduced, and more

Posted: April 10, 2014  

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

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Burgundy Producer May Face Prison for Shunning Pesticides

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Kasey Carpenter

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

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