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Niner Paso Robles Estate Grenache Blanc ’17 93 Points James Melendez

April 29, 2019

James the Wine Guy reviews the 2017 Niner Paso Robles Estate Grenache Blanc and gives this great wine an impressive 93 points.   [Read more...]

Global Good Leader of the Year

April 26, 2019

We are honored to see our 20 year Executive Director Kris Meal shortlisted for the Global Good Leader of the Year! Five years ago Karen Sutton, founder and CEO of the awards, didn’t give a second thought to where she bought things and how they were made. Today, she drives an EV, invests in ESGs, has reduced her plastic consumption by over 60% and she’ll happily cause a scene should anyone attempt to put a straw in her drink! That personal reinvention was the result of her involvement in setting up the Global Good Awards... [Read more...]

SIP Certified Announces Free New Tools to Promote Sustainability

April 23, 2019

Atascadero, California, April 23, 2019 – SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice), one of the wine industry’s oldest and most important third-party sustainability assessment programs, has just released information on three new important tools to help members and non-members promote sustainability. They include updated self-assessment tools and a SIP Smart Seminar. Self-Assessment Tools Vineyards and wineries can now log onto the organization’s website at to evaluate their sustainable farming and wine production practices including habitat conservation, water conservation, air quality, recycling, waste reduction, social equity, continuing education, business management and more. An online tutorial explaining... [Read more...]

What I’m Drinking: A Round of First Quarter (Almost) Sample Favorites | Dallas Wine Chick

April 22, 2019

Melanie Ofenloch has a philosophy – no wine snobs allowed! While her profession is marketing consulting, her passion is drinking wine and in this First Quarter Round Up, Melanie shares "12 wines from an amazing program dedicated to making our world a better place". Learn about all the wines (scroll to the bottom of the page) > [Read more...]

What to sip for Earth Day

April 22, 2019

Mary Orlin, known as the Wine Fashionita, is a James Beard and Emmy Award-winning multimedia wine journalist and educator. She is a Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced Certified with Merit. Her latest release of What to SIP for Earth Day features wineries are farming their vineyards in environmentally responsible ways. There is an exciting list of SIP Certified wine varieties including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir of course, but you’ll also find some off-beat varieties such as Picpoul, Falanghina, Lagrein and Tannat. Read about  Mary's eight great bottles to try > [Read more...]

Blend of sustainability and artisan wines give us Hope

April 18, 2019

⁣Great article about the Hope Family in the San Luis Obispo Visitors Guide. [caption id="attachment_8892" align="alignleft" width="600"] Austin Hope in Vineyard[/caption] Here is a snippet on this family of farmers:⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Here is a snippet on this family of farmers:⁣Founded in 1978, Chuck Hope was drawn to the many possibilities presented by the microclimates of the Central Coast and the opportunity to provide a sustainable winemaking legacy. The tradition continues on with his son Austin Hope, who presides over the now five unique labels Liberty School, Austin Hope, Treana, Troublemaker, and Quest. Austin is... [Read more...]

Wine Bytes of the Week: SIP Certified

April 16, 2019

SIP Certified wines from Claiborne & Churchill, Halter Ranch, Niner Wine Estates, Opolo, Wrath, Castoro Cellars, J. Wilkes, Oso Libre, and Villa San-Juilette are the featured weekly roundup of recommended wines! Read about SIP Certified and get the details on these great wines. Eat Well. Drink Well. Live Well! Read More > [Read more...]

Sustainable Wine Tasting in Carmel-By-the Sea

April 11, 2019

Sustainability is important to most Americans – especially wine drinkers. People want to know that their wines are produced safely, responsibly and ethically. SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) is one of the wine industry’s oldest and most important sustainability programs. It ensures that farmers, wineries and winemakers are doing everything in their power to preserve the environment and support local communities. Three of Monterey County’s most celebrated wineries are SIP Certified members: Wrath, Scheid and McIntyre. Each year they produce highly rated wines that showcase the diversity and complexity of our region. All three have... [Read more...]

Understanding Clean Wine Designations

April 10, 2019

Mother Earth explains clean wine designations. For those of us who go to great lengths to make sure our food is safe, why not do the same for wine? There are hundreds of wineries in the US ditching chemicals in favor of sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Consumers can easily buy organic, biodynamic, and SIP Certified wines in most bottle shops, but seldom know what these certifications really mean. Clear and concise explanations of these clean-wines are hard to come by. I wanted to know what “clean” wine was all about. Read the Article > [Read more...]

Wine of the Day, No. 487 | Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling 2017

April 9, 2019

Fredric Koeppel of Bigger than your Head selects Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling 2017, Edna Valley as Wine of the Day No 487. Serving seafood tonight? Oysters, shrimp, mussels? Pair this wine with your best seafood fare. Read the whole review > [Read more...]