Wine

6 ways to Green Your Wine

Often lumped under the banner of "natural wines," it can be bewildering to decide which "green grape" provides the most eco-friendly variety. The quick answer: look for local first and organic or biodynamic if available. While the chemical pesticides and fertilizers associated with the growing of conventional grapes take a significant eco-toll, the largest negative environmental impact associated with this libation is actually incurred during fuel-intensive and polluting transport. If you have access to local, organic ingredients, making your own wine can increase your green wine consumption exponentially: it requires no transport and does not present the waste issues (think of all those heavy glass bottles) associated with store-brought varieties from afar.

  1. Choose local wine

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    Set aside that bottle of imported Chianti. With vineyards popping like corks all around the world, reducing your carbon footprint by enjoying a regional wine is becoming easier than muttering the word Gewürztramine.

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  2. Choose organic wine

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    You've imbibed red, white, and in the summer months, rosé, but have you ever guzzled a glass of green? Now you can with a robust market for wines made with grapes grown chemical free.

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  3. Choose biodynamic wine

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    Although this natural newbie on the vineyard may give discerning grape nuts reason for pause, advocates of biodynamic viticulture methods claim that their products are "beyond organic" when it comes to drinking green.

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  4. Make your own wine

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    Need a new bacchanalian hobby? Home winemaking is an eco-friendly triple score: side-stepping fuel-intensive transport, offering an endless life cycle for those heavy glass wine bottles, and supporting local and organic agriculture when you buy green ingredients.

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  5. Reuse and recycle old wine bottles

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    Reusing and recycling empty wine bottles is a crucial step in becoming an eco-friendly imbiber.

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  6. Support bottle bill legislation

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    If feeling eco-guilt about the outrageous amount of wine you imbibe, supporting bottle bill legislation can improve recycling rates in your state.

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Comments

04/13/2010
4:55pm
Joseph Loomis

My company, Environite (www.environite.com) uses post consumer wine and beer bottles to manufacture counter tops. This 'sustainable architectural solid surface' product uses up to 80% recycled glass. This product beats granite, quartz and marble for appearance at half the cost! It is made 100% on Camano Island, Washington. Our bottle come from the top wineries in Washington.

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