Yosemite Area Wineries to Celebrate Lincoln-Signed Grant


A century and a half ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the grant that established Yosemite National Park.

To mark the occasion, several of the estates that comprise California’s Madera Wine Trail will host the first Yosemite Grant Wine Celebration. Throughout the weekend of May 3-4, wineries will open their tasting rooms to host live music, serve delicious food and, of course, pour their wines. Read more ›

Posted in Wine Buzz

Toast Earth Day at Home… Today and All Year ’Round


Over the last week, we’ve shared information on a number of Earth Day-focused events at some of America’s “greenest” wineries.

But if you’ve not been able to participate in any of those activities this year, you can still make an impact on the environment as a wine consumer. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Plug in Your Car and Pour Some Pinot Noir


My thanks to the folks at PR Web for sending along the media advisory that follows — dealing with one of my favorite parts of the world to go “wine exploring.”

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Five of the Willamette Valley’s top food and wine destinations are coming together to offer visitors incentives and electric vehicle education during Earth Day Week 2014. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

A Leader in ‘Green’ Winegrowing Plans a Special Celebration


How seriously does Benziger Family Winery take its commitment to the environment?

Just look at one of its bottles. The label depicts the four archetypal classical elements — Earth, Water, Air and Fire — using their ancient Greek symbols.

And since the 2007 vintage, Benziger’s entire wine portfolio has carried some level of green farming certification, be it sustainable, organic or Biodynamic. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Temecula Winery Plans Series of ‘Earth-to-Wine’ Tours


Earth Day celebrations at wineries are not restricted to California’s North Coast region. In Southern California’s Temecula growing area, north of San Diego, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has planned a series of “Earth to Wine” tours, running April 21-25. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Napa Valley Wineries Plan Special Events Around Earth Day


Napa Valley is known for producing world-class wines, but it also is becoming a leader in sustainable farming. Largely responsible for this advancement is Napa Green, which many consider the wine industry’s most comprehensive “best practices” program for land-use and wine production. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Mendocino County Party for the Planet Begins in 3 Days


California’s Mendocino County was a hub of sustainable farming long before sustainable farming became cool.

So it makes perfect sense that Mendocino would be a hub of Earth Day activities, now huddled under an umbrella known as the Mendocino County Party for the Planet. The 3rd annual Party begins on Friday and continues through April 26. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

‘Wine Country’ Plans a Plethora of Earth Day Activities

One week and one day from today, more than a billion people in 190 countries around the world will participate in some sort of activity or observation for Earth Day.

Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Forget the Tomato Soup; Try This Grilled Cheese With Wine!


On Saturday — which just happens to be Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day — make this tasty rendition for grownups, and enjoy it with a glass of Vermentino, Chardonnay or Pinot Gris/Grigio.

This recipe yields 1 sandwich. Read more ›

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Grilled Cheese for Grownups


Did you know that Saturday is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? It’s true, and you can read about it here.

The humble grilled cheese sandwich has made a stylish comeback in recent years, spawning countless renditions of gourmet “grilled cheese for grown-ups.”

Read more ›

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