A Guide to West Coast Organic,
Biodynamic and Sustainable Wines
Many winemakers are starting to take environmental stewardship very seriously, changing how they grow grapes and make wine. Yay!
More and more people are thinking about where their food comes from. Why not ask the same questions about wine?
Commercial wine production suffers from a large carbon footprint—from bottle and cork materials to energy use, water runoff and erosion.
In The Green Vine, I demystify the terms of sustainable winemaking and lay out a simple guide to West Coast wines and wineries that use both historical and modern sustainable practices. I explain why it’s important to consider how wine is produced and packaged, and why growing methods, soil health, and water resources matter.
I'll share some of my favorite wines, on wine-tasting tour of nearly 200 sustainable wineries in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, British Columbia, and Idaho—profiling the winemakers and farmers who are leading the green wine movement.
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