Fill your glass with these wines for Earth Day. They are brands that care just as much about what is in the bottle as they do about taking care of the environment. That includes the planet along with the people they employ. Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd. All week, and really all month, more attention is being placed on the planet. Including the people, organizations and companies doing their part in protecting the environment.

Winemakers and farmers are some of them. They are at the mercy of Mother Nature every day. If the soil, air and water are not in good condition, neither is their product. While most care, there are some that go above and beyond to be good stewards of the land. I’d like to think their efforts come through in the quality of what they produce. I think in most cases, it does.

One of the biggest things vineyard managers around the world deal with is pest control. How do you keep devastating bugs from destroying the crop without some kind of intervention? Then there are things like fungus. Many mass production wineries spray the heck out their vineyards to save time and money. Those chemicals seep into the soil and the roots of the plants. They can wash into the streams and potentially harm wildlife.

Then there are vineyards that take great care to search for more natural solutions. More and more are jumping on the sustainable bandwagon. While it is impossible to highlight all of them, I’ve got a few to share with you for Wine Wednesday. Fill your glass with these wines for Earth Day. They taste good and they might make you feel good too, knowing the care that goes into producing them while respecting the environment they come from.

  • Hahn Family Wines

    Hahn is doing some great things in the Santa Lucia Highlands of California. The are 100% solar powered, they compost, have a water conservation system and use falcons to keep other birds from damaging the vines, among other things.  The folks at Hahn just sent me the 2021 Vintage of Hahn Appellation Series:Chardonnay ($20), Pinot Noir ($25), and GSM Blend ($25). While they are quite well know for quality pinots and chards, it was the GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) that caught my attention. It’s one of my favorite kind of blends and it did not disappoint. It has a freshness while at the same time deep dark fruit characteristics along with spice and even a bit of leather. It’s super versatile and works with a variety of foods.
    Hahn Earth Day

  • Domaine Bousquet

    These wines come from Argentina. Domaine Bousquet is certified organic, vegan, gluten-free and sustainable. Many of the wines are easy to find and affordable as well ($13-$29). The winery has several lines under their umbrella. I  just received a selection for an upcoming virtual  tasting with the winemaker. While I have not tried these vintages, I have had others and would indeed recoommend for everyday consumption. Check back for updates. 
    Domain Bousquet Earth Day

  • Tenuta Santii Giacomo e Filippo

    These Italian wines are brand new to the U.S. and the Florida Market. They make a red and white that are young and fresh and from an area many Italian wine lovers aren’t as familiar with, Marche. Made with minimal intervention they are organic and low in sulfites. I love these now that we are going into the hotter summer months. The white is an interesting blend of biancame and trebbiano that is very floral.

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  • Cakebread

    Earth Day RoseThis Napa winery is celebrating 50 years and each one of them, strides are made to become more sustainable in every area. Some of the certifications they’ve been awarded include the Bee Friendly Certification, and Suscol Mountain Vineyard certified fish friendly

    Besides the old faithful wines, Cakebread has a new Bezel Collection said to be for elevating the every day wine experience. I’ll be featuring the winery in an upcoming Wine Wednesday piece. In the meantime, this rose is perfect for spring and Mother’s Day too. It has lots of juicy red berry flavors and it’s a beautiful color. Get some before it sells out. $30

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