Sustainability – A Legacy


Celebrating 20 years as an organization dedicated to sustainable winegrowing, the Vineyard Team recently honored its founders with the inaugural Legacy Award at this year’s 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo. What began as a group of innovative farmers wanting to challenge and improve their own farming decisions, evolved to a nationally recognized organization with several progressive projects: Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™ Certification, Sustainable Ag Expo, Earth Day Food and Wine Weekend, and various research and education programs. Since inception, with a myriad of programs that … [Read more...]

Training on SIP & Wine Certification

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Learn More about SIP & Sustainability We are available to talk about SIP Certification and sustainability. Being familiar with the talking points of SIP and how to best communicate sustainable farming efforts with customers is great for a winery staff and sales team. Thirty minute trainings are complimentary to certified participants. Please contact Beth Vukmanic Lopez at 805.466.2288 or to schedule. SIP Certify Your Wines Share your sustainability by adding the SIP logo to your wine label.  Being able to use the logo on the bottle is a distinguishing feature of … [Read more...]

Educational Scholarships for Farm Workers

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The Sustainability In Practice (SIP)™ Certification program evolved from two decades of effort to understand and implement sustainable farming practices. The developer of SIP, the Vineyard Team, continues that mission today with farm worker education, field research, SIP Certification for sustainably grown vineyards, and the upcoming Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend. The Earth Day April 18, 2015 main event at SIP Certified Castoro Cellars delivers a top quality food and wine experience paired with a casual, low-key atmosphere, all while celebrating the passionate people behind a sustainable … [Read more...]

Moules-Frites + Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay


Having recently started to plan a trip to Belgium, I was excited to see one of the country's famed dishes suggested as a Valentines Day meal! Moules-frites, mussels cooked or steamed with onions and celery served with fries, sounds like a great alternative to a traditional romantic meal. So forget the chocolate and fondue, serve up your delicious dish with a glass of Chardonnay and you have a winning dinner over which to celebrate the day of L.O.V.E. Thank you to SIP Certified Kendall-Jackson for the inspiring recipe. … [Read more...]

Database Maintenance on Feb. 5

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Starting February 5 at 9:00 pm PST through 4:00 am February 6, the SIP database will undergo some proactive upgrades of core routers that will significantly improve your experience. During this maintenance, you may experience short periods of latency lasting 2-10 minutes, or packet loss lasting up to 1 minute while traffic is rerouted and hardware is replaced and tested. … [Read more...]

February Webinar, 2015 Materials, Database

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SIP Applicant Training - Webinar |February 13, 2015 | 9:00 am - 9:30 am Advice on how to best achieve SIP Certification, review program rules and guidance on how to use the online database. RSVP online. SIP Vineyard Certification The 2015 SIP Vineyard Certification cycle is from December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2015. Materials Posted 2015 SIP materials including the Standards, Information Package and Updates are live in the database and posted online at Inspection Type Certified Vineyards should start documenting the Standards now so you are ready for your inspection … [Read more...]

Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend

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Celebrating with Farmers, Chefs, and Winemakers grown for the greater good ~ april 17-19, 2015 ~ california's central coast It’s been 9 years since our first Earth Day Food & Wine event. A few people teased us, others were perplexed. Many asked, what does Earth Day have to do with food and wine? It’s our core belief that there’s nothing more earthy than a farmer. Our little party has evolved to be one of the premiere events of the season and continues to gain momentum from eaters, farmers, chefs and winemakers alike. This event reflects our values. We believe that farmers are at … [Read more...]

Falconry Beyond the Renaissance Faire

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Thought Renaissance Faires were the only place to see falconry in action? Well, falcons are use in agriculture as a means of sustainable pest control. As winegrapes ripen, birds like Starlings and finches come out for the feast. SIP Certified Laetitia Vineyard & Winery has been utilizing these natural predators in their vineyards. Read all about it on their blog. And now you have a cool piece of trivia to share at the next cocktail party! … [Read more...]

Brian Talley


Talley Vineyards Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County           Brian Talley is a third generation farmer born and raised in Arroyo Grande. While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop called Curds and Whey where he fell in love with wine. Brian began his career in the family business at age 12 when he started harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms. He became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms. … [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July from SIP

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The 4th of July gives each of us something different to celebrate. Here at SIP we are celebrating the many farmers committed to protecting both natural and human resources. The comprehensive rules for SIP Certification (known as Standards) address many interrelated elements of the whole farm system. Habitat conservation, energy efficiency, pest management, water conservation, economic stability, and human resources are some of the key elements of the program. In order to qualify for certification, farmers must have their practices verified through in-depth records and on-site audits by … [Read more...]