8 Sustainable Napa Valley Wines to Try This Earth Day

8 Sustainable Napa Valley Wines to Try This Earth Day

Dylan James
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8 Sustainable Napa Valley Wines To Try This Earth Day

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Dylan James
Internet Marketer and wine connoisseur, blogger for BuyWinesOnline.com.

On Earth Day, drinking responsibly can mean something a whole lot different if you are trying to be friendly to the world. If you want to do your small part in the fight against Earth killing practices then you should consider purchasing "green" wine, that is, wine made from eco friendly and sustainable farming and winemaking practices. 

With a push around the world for industries to do their part in sustainable practices, it is not hard to find great wine from regions all around the world. Wineries in the U.S like Washington and California are doing their part to push sustainable standards that can be followed by wine producers around the world, and Napa Valley is leading the charge.

Napa Valley is the nation's only agricultural preserve and has the distinction of being the home of Napa Green. Napa Green was formed in the early 2000s to help meet the demand from winemakers and growers who were seeking better education and tools to better implement sustainable practices into their vineyards and wineries. 

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When a Winery is Napa Green Certified, it signifies that it is committed to rigorous soil-to-bottle standards when it comes to sustainable grape growing and winemaking. 

The mission of Napa Green is to have all vineyard and winery owners participate in the Napa Green Certified Land or Winery Programs during 2020. This will contribute to the health and preservation of the Napa Valley River Watershed, strengthen the Napa Valley Community, and begin to associate sustainability with business success.

Wineries contribute to being a Green Winery through implementation of a range of sustainability and environmental stewardship practices to:

  • Increase energy efficiency
  • Conserve water and increase efficient water use
  • Reduce waste through environmentally preferable purchasing, recycling, and composting
  • Commit to social equity, caring for employees, neighbors, and the community

Alternatively, vineyard certification based around the Green Certified Land Program involve developing plans for whole-farm conservation and are focused on:

  • Reducing erosion and sediment runoff
  • Conserving water resources
  • Identifying and reducing harmful inputs
  • Ensuring healthy employees and happy neighbors
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“This program is about quality - this program is about creating a quality wine, creating a quality environment for your staff, for your community, creating a quality environment for my kids and everyone else’s children.” 

-Michael Honig, President, Honig Vineyards

All of the wines listed in this blog are certified for both their vineyards and winery in terms of Napa Green standards -- this is referred to as being Double Napa Green Certified.

Hampton Water Rose: This vintage is aged in French oak barrels, enhancing its fresh and lively character with a distinctive minerality and a long-lasting finish. The wine's intense aromas of red fruit, citrus fruit, and spices make it a perfect wine to share with friends, adding a touch of sophistication to any gathering. Whether you're enjoying finger food, salads, or seafood, Hampton Water Rose 2021 is a versatile wine that complements a wide range of dishes.

Avaline White Blend: Crafted from a blend of Xarel·lo, Macabeo, and Malvasia grapes, Avaline White boasts a bright, pale yellow color that is visually appealing. On the nose, it offers up an aromatic bouquet of fresh cut flowers and citrus fruits, which is both refreshing and uplifting.

Charles Krug Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: The Charles Krug Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 boasts a seamless and long finish of currant, blueberry, and warm oak that lingers on the palate, leaving you with a delightful and memorable tasting experience. Ideal for pairing with a wide range of savory dishes or for savoring on its own, this wine is a true gem that any wine lover should experience.

Far Niente Chardonnay:  This wine boasts classic Far Niente style with aromas of grilled citrus, melon and honeysuckle with hints of white fig, gardenia, and toasted hazelnuts. The mild toasted oak adds supportive warmth and richness to the aromas. The silky entry builds on the palate with a rich texture that continues to evolve, possessing great structure and length. 

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot: The Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2020 is a stunning wine that embodies the beauty of Napa Valley Merlot. The wine boasts vibrant aromas of ripe red fruits, including red currant, ripe plum, black raspberry, cherry, and sweet baking spices, complemented by hints of tea leaves and cocoa.

Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel: Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019 is a luxurious wine that boasts a rich and complex flavor profile. With fragrant earthiness underlying the luscious black cherry and plum flavors, this full-bodied wine offers a depth of character that will delight your palate.

Opus One Red Wine:  Opus One recognizes that methods in sustainability can benefit the winery, neighbors and consumers. A commitment to conservation and responsible consumption in the areas of energy, water, waste management, transportation, purchasing, and food frames the culture and internal practices at Opus One reflect . Opus One is certified as a green winery and is implementing more than 100 favorable and environmentally friendly procedures.

St. Supery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine pours out with opulent purple and red hues, immediately captivating your senses. The nose is filled with enticing aromas of cassis, black plum, and dark raspberry, which are beautifully complemented by notes of anise and subtle vanilla from the oak maturation.


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