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Winemakers care for the planet

May 4, 2019

Jerry Greenfield of the Florida Weekly addresses how farmers are deeply concerned about the land that provides their living. More and more, winemakers and the people who grow their grapes have been moving toward more sensible, sustainable agricultural practices. Learn more about these practices and Jerry's wine recommendations. Read the article > [Read more...]

McIntyre SLH Estate Chardonnay ’17 94 Points James Melendez

May 3, 2019

James Melendez aka James the Wine Guy reviews McIntyre SLH Estate Chardonnay. He loves the flavor and the price point. [Read more...]

Wine of the Day, No. 494 | Etude Rose

May 3, 2019

Fredric Koeppel  of Bigger than your Head brings us Wine of the Day No. 494: Etude Rose. The factors that elevate a rosé wine from enjoyable — and there’s nothing wrong with that! — to superior status include qualities of the inevitable and the essential, a vital allure and pent energy that entice us back to the glass repeatedly. Such a one is the Etude Wines Rosé 2018, derived from the North Canyon Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley... Read the full review > [Read more...]

SIP Certified Tips: Chapter 8 & 13 (Vineyard & Winery) | Schedule Inspection

May 1, 2019

Schedule Inspection Call or email your inspector in May to select a specific date between June 1 and July 15 – whether you have a full or documentation inspection. We are thrilled with how much SIP Certified has grown. That also means the inspectors have more documentation to review. To make sure every applicant meets the deadlines, we ask that you coordinate a specific date with your inspector. 1. Login to the database 2. Click Certifications 3. Under Certifications in Progress, below Appl. click the icon (to the right of to the property name) 4.... [Read more...]

SIP Certified Launches Dedicated Sustainable Wines Sections in Grocery Stores

April 30, 2019

California Fresh Market has recently launched SIP Certified sections in the wine departments at their San Luis Obispo and Pismo locations for April and May of 2019. This is one of the first examples in the US of a retailer devoting an entire section to SIP Certified wines. The move signals a new development in an emerging national trend. Studies indicate that consumers name sustainability as an important attribute when it comes to purchasing wines. A recent survey showed that 66% of sustainable wine consumers use labels and in-store information to identify eco-friendly and sustainably... [Read more...]

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...]