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Red, White or Green?

Uploaded: Nov 26, 2013
Everyone should host a party once a year. Consider it your ticket into all the other parties.

Wine makes a great party guest. For holiday parties, I like to start off serving a crisp, fruity white (Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, dry Riesling) or an oaky Chardonnay. (so untrendy ? you'll be the next trend!)

Red? Personally I like 'em deep, dark and dirty. This means Zinfandel or Syrah and to the lesser degree Mourvèdre or Grenache. You say jammy, I say yummy.

For holiday dinner though? A good Pinot you can't beat paired with turkey, beef or vegetarian entrees. Remember the Three P's - Pinots Pair Perfectly. Guys, this is a wine that hooks up easy.

And green? Ahhh, now this is where the story really starts. There's a lot more going on under that cork or screw top than you may have stopped to ponder. Like how the whole thing happens. Are the grapes grown organically, using lots of water or dry-farmed? How is the land tended? (beneficial insects, biodynamic, plowed by goat?) Solar powered buildings? Reclaimed water? Recycled glass? Soy inks? Corks or screw tops?

There's a lot to consider when talking green wine, and the producers that take extra steps to be environmental stewards deserve to be acknowledged. Some wineries excel in one area, others in all. Don't let perfect be the enemy of the good. Decide what is important to you, and be open to how different wineries define "green."

For fun - go on your own green wine hunt. Visit these wineries over the holidays, and ask about green practices. It's always interesting to learn the story behind the food you eat, and adds a new treat to your travels and tastings.

Note: There are many more green wineries than listed below, but I have a direct relationship with these wines. I either visited the winery, know the wine maker, or simply verified their story with lots of research and testing! I like them, but you may not. Everyone's palette is unique and there is no science supporting an exact connection between food and wine. So never rely on "experts," find out what wines YOU like.

Since drinking wine has a lot to do with talking, the more you know about the wine, the more interesting a person you are at the party! Wishing you and yours terrific holiday meals filled with great conversation.

Got any more green wine suggestions? Please share below.

Laura's Red, White or Green List (condensed)

MENDOCINO COUNTY: Paul Dolan Cellars, Parducci, Breggo Cellars, Fetzer, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

SONOMA COUNTY: Rodney Strong, Benziger Family Winery, Quivera, Cline Cellars, Deloach Vineyards

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS: Silver Mountain Vineyard

NAPA VALLEY: Frog's Leap Winery, Cuvaison's Estate Winery

VEGAN WINES: Edna Valley, McManis Family Vineyards

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Posted by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger,
on Nov 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

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Check out Saintsbury Winery. One of the founders, David Graves, is an expert on climate for wines. They are Napa Green Farm Certified. See more at Web Link and download Background Information and you'll find an entire document on what makes them green. You have to book for a visit. They have a delightful English garden in which to taste.

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Posted by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger,
on Nov 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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I can't click your link but here's a list (Web Link) of sustainable wineries, certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

Moshin Vineyards in the Russian River Valley prides itself on a gravity fed [Web Link] winery operation that saves energy - they also have solar panels.

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Posted by Laura Stec, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Nov 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

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Angela, great feedback - thanks! Sorry about the link. I have to figure out how to do this successfully! It's a new feature.

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