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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

Oct. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

The Unnaturalness of Natural

Posted: October 15, 2013  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Green Talk

Green Talk: The Man Behind Whole Foods' Wine Department

Doug Bell chats about current trends in eco-friendly wine—and what America needs to catch up on

Posted: October 1, 2013  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  News

Study Raises Concerns Over Pesticide Residues in French Wines

Use is declining, but several leading supermarket brands show traces of chemicals

Posted: September 26, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Champagne on the Skids

Plus, Fifty Shades of Grey: The Wine, and two new applications for wine as a renewable resource

Posted: September 26, 2013  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Embezzlement Jars Domaines François Lurton

Plus, a potential claim-staking battle over virtual terroir and Fonseca's new artist series raises funds for Waterkeeper Alliance

Posted: September 19, 2013  

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Fair-Trade Wine Brands Invest in Farmers

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Dana Nigro

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Letters

Feedback

Posted: May 31, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Wine Drinkers Face Little Danger from Pesticides, but Winegrowers Do

A French study found chemical residues in wines, but at low levels; experts hope to eliminate need

Posted: May 20, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Is That Corn on Top of My Wine Bottle? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Packaging, Part 2

Trinchero rolls out a compostable capsule

Posted: May 14, 2013  By Dana Nigro

In my last post, I discussed the dilemma that eco-oriented wineries face when it comes to stoppering their bottles: Corks, which are natural and renewable, or screw-caps and synthetics, which can be more reliable? The same potential conflict between sustainability and efficiency crops up with the foil and plastic capsules that top bottles.

Some wineries eschew the capsule altogether, maybe opting for a little foil or wax top over a natural cork, but then miss out on a branding opportunity. Now, however, a wine-industry supplier has brought a new option to the market.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Goodbye Cork, Hello Sugar Cane? Wineries Try New Plant-Based Closure

Allegrini will seal bottles with a new renewable alternative targeted at sustainable, organic and biodynamic wineries

Posted: May 13, 2013  By Dana Nigro

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?

Bioplastics.

If you were remaking The Graduate in wine country this decade, there might be a great future in bioplastics. When organic, biodynamic and sustainable vintners look to bring their low-impact philosophies to their packaging, they often end up torn over what to do about closures.

Cork is the traditional choice, and it is a renewable material, unlike the alternatives: screw caps are made from mined metals, while synthetic corks are typically derived from petrochemicals. On the other hand, if some of your wine ends up flawed because even a small percentage of corks fail, that's outright waste—not exactly a sustainable practice either.

News & Features  :  News

Fair Trade Comes to Wine

Global farmer-assistance program extends help to grapegrowers in Argentina, Chile and South Africa

Posted: May 9, 2013  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Celebrating Celebrity Vineyards (the Book)

Plus, chef Emeril Lagasse honored for taking charity up a notch, Paris' Elysée undertakes wine austerity, Napa's philanthropic 1 percenters, and more

Posted: May 2, 2013  

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