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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...]

SIP Certified Releases List of 38 Wines Newly Certified as Sustainable for 2019

April 3, 2019

Wine Industry Advisor highlights SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) newly certified wines for spring of 2019. The roster includes many repeat and first-time certified wines from 11 winery members that have met the farming and winemaking requirements of the organization. Brands include Besa, Byron Winery, California Fresh Market, Castoro Cellars, Cobble Creek Vineyards, Halter Ranch, Lafond, Presqu'ile Winery, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, Santa Barbara Winery and Timbre. Read the Story > [Read more...]

Earth Day Celebration Weekend, April 27th & 28th

April 2, 2019

Earth Day Celebration Weekend, April 27th & 28th On Saturday the Castoro Cellars tasting room grounds will be transformed into a festival celebrating Earth Day from 12-4PM featuring live music by Dante Marsh, educational demonstrations, vineyard tours, local organic food samples, craft vendors and art.  Lunch available by Bethel Rd Kitchen & Etto Pasta and sweet treats by Clementine’s Mobile Cookie Cafe .  Free admission.  Wine Tasting $10/pp. Family-friendly! On Sunday enjoy an Organic Lunch in the Vines by Chef Nick Otto of Bethel Rd Kitchen, followed by a comprehensive Whale Rock Vineyard Tour and... [Read more...]

SIP Certified Tips: Chapters 5 & 6 (Vineyard & Winery)

April 1, 2019

Work on the below chapters this month to prepare for your inspection scheduled between June 1 through July 15, 2019 to achieve SIP Certified. 5: Water Conservation & Quality 6: Energy Conservation & Efficiency Login to the database to read each specific Standard as you implement and document them. Unless noted otherwise in the Standards, documentation should reflect practices from Dec. 1, 2018 to June/July 2019. Get the Year at-a –Glance Calendar What to Document Find your inspection type Full (Cycle 1) = complete all Standards documentation and onsite inspection Documentation (Cycle 2 or 3)... [Read more...]

McIntyre Profile Example

March 28, 2019

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Talley Profile Example

March 28, 2019

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