Cheers to Earth Day!
Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, with eco-friendly wines to accompany your feast. We vetted through the selection at Spec’s to make it easy for you to go green—if only for a day. Just clip and sip!
A pioneer in earth-loving practices, Benziger, Sonoma, is available in six varietals at Houston area Spec’s locations. Try the velvety Russian River Pinot Noir with grilled king salmon and roasted mushrooms.
At LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, sustainable winegrowing has been a family tradition for five generations. From winemaking techniques to farming vineyards and day-to-day operations, the Lodi appellation winery is completely green. The mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc and the Chardonnay are ideal springtime sips.
Amador County located Montevina and sister winery Terra d’Oro are dedicated to sustainable grape growing and wine making practices like reducing the need for pesticides naturally. Look for Montevina Chardonnay, crisp Pinot Grigio, or rich Merlot. The Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend charms with rich fruit and a zesty, lingering finish.
The Spires Collection including Arcanum Super Tuscan, Italy falls under the umbrella company of Kendall Jackson, which is on the top 10 list of most sustainable wineries in the U.S. according to Greenopia.
Bonny Doon. Grab the Vin Gris de Cigare 2013 rosé, remarkably graceful with flavors of pink grapefruit, strawberry and guava, and nuances of raspberries and violets. Clos de Gilroy 2010 Grenache is another juicy choice from this planet-loving winery in Santa Cruz, California.
Nicolas Joly is one of the most talked about biodynamic winemakers in France. Try his Les Clos Sacres Savennieres 2008, a beautiful citrusy and intense Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, with fresh oysters or grilled wild Gulf shrimp.
Robin Barr Sussman
Edible Houston contributor