Sustainable Wine Review: Earth Day (Month) Roundup

What better time to celebrate sustainable wine than during Earth Day and Earth Month.  Here is a roundup of events:

April 9-10 in San Francisco, CA Meet TreeHugger’s Green Wine Guide author Jerry James Stone at the San Francisco Green Festival Green Wine Guide Wine Tastings on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. Sample wine and beer, learn about mead, find out what it takes to operate a certified organic vineyard, winery or brewery and taste wine from Frey Biodynamic Vineyards, HoneyRun Winery, LaRocca Vineyards and Medlock Ames.

April 15-17 in Templeton, CA The 5th Annual Earth Day Food & Wine Festival promises over 200 purveyors of award-winning food and wine who will serve unlimited samples of fresh, sustainably grown and produced dishes. Being held this year at Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery the event offers guests an authentic vineyard setting for this benefit event which supports sustainable agriculture on California’s scenic Central Coast. Highlights include a performance by Dan Curcio, frontman and lyricist for San Luis Obispo favorite Still Time, a silent auction and all sorts of weekend activities including a green building tour, winemaker meals, and farm-to-table tours.  (Weekend activities range from free to $50 and are presented at a locations throughout the Central Coast.) General Admission guests enjoy unlimited samples from 2-5pm and receive a commemorative wineglass. $30 per person/$15 for anyone under 21 years of age.

April 17 in Sebastopol, CA Celebrate Earth Day with Green Valley at Iron Horse Vineyards at their annual Eat, Drink & Be Green event. This year’s featured speaker is Ted Turner who will ‘explore his version of the future’ in a conversation with Boyd Matson of National Geographic Magazine. A food and wine tasting will showcase the chardonnays and pinot noirs of Green Valley, with De Loach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Hartford Family Winery, Marimar Estate, Sequana Vineyards and, of course, Iron Horse Vineyards. A highlight of the day’s edibles will be grill bison filet — Turner has over 50,000 head of bison at his ranch — along with local produce, cheeses and breads. There will be a tasting of “future foods” and some delicious chocolates. General admission tickets are $65.

April 22nd across the United States Nationally, consumers can celebrate Earth Day compliments of Benziger Family Winery retailers by sampling “green flights” of wine. In addition, at their Glen Ellen winery Benziger will also donate 100% of net tasting room profits on Earth Day to the local farm worker community for the fifth annual year through Sonoma Valley’s La Luz Center/Vineyard Worker services, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing the Sonoma Valley farm worker community assistance with housing, employment, health and social services, legal support, transportation and support groups.

April 22-23 in Santa Rosa, CA Kathleen Inman, of Inman Family Wines who is an award-winning vintner, is well known in the Bay area not just for her Pinot Noir, but for her incredible focus on sustainability, including water reclamation & composting. Kathleen will be leading tours of her new winery and vineyard. They will be doing mechanical weeding, spreading of compost, brewing of compost teas throughout the day and then do a sit down tasting of 2006-2008 OGV pinot noir, and tastings of the current releases. Only 20 people each of four slots. The charge for the tour/tasting is $20.

April 23 in Kenwood, CA Kunde Family Estate will host a Hike & Taste in the Vineyards on April 23rd. Price includes wine tasting and a portion of the fee will be donated to the Sonoma Ecology Center. $30 per person/$15 for anyone under 21 years of age. Kunde will also be discussing sustainable practices over two weeks leading up to Earth Day on their Facebook page.

Photo: Benziger Family Winery

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