Archive for Environmental Media

Farming Competitions Should Reward Sustainability

  I admit it – I’m smitten with the 28 ribbons and $103 in prize money I won for my veggies at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair this week.  Make no mistake – for me, it’s not about winning (…if you ain’t first, you’re last Ricky Bobby…) as much as it is about my little […]

Wine, Tasting Rooms & Balloons: Latex is Not Indicative of Sonoma Terroir (or Environmental Responsibility)

I have been overtaken by an escalating disdain for the wine industry’s love of party balloons.  In an era were many are striving towards sustainability in winemaking and viticulture, these symbols of a wasteful and “throw away” society are brilliantly flapping in the winds of vineyards across America. For the past couple of years I […]

Heirloom Grapes & Climate Change: Ensuring Wine Sustainability Through Genetic Diversity

                                                                                    Jim Richarson Photography Last week, the Long Now Foundation hosted National Geographic photographer […]

Net Loss for the Environment: The Burning of Vineyard Vines Makes a Less Sustainable Wine

  A long-time resident of Calistoga recently told me of a time before the Clean Air Act when smog from San Francisco Bay would blow up the Napa Valley, tinting the sky with a lovely russet hue.  Now it seems that the largest threat to air quality in many wine regions (besides the obvious automobile […]

Protecting Soils in Sonoma: A Moratorium on Hillside Vineyard Development

A forest cleared for vineyard planting in Sonoma County On January 31, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors imposed a four-month moratorium on the development of vineyards on forested slopes and hilltops.  This halt on new vines is meant to buy the County time to update the existing regulations that allow for some development on […]

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