For some of us, sustainable sipping is best. Here are a few local wineries doing well by the planet and our palate.
This Mendocino vineyard has been producing wine from 100 percent organically grown grapes since 1993, yet its holistic approach to winemaking started in the ’80s. As it’s a biodynamic vineyard, lavender, olives and many other plants grow on the property, which is also home to roaming sheep and chickens. Grapes are grown on various sites. Currently the winery does not offer tours, but it does offer affordable pricing for chardonnay ($14), zinfandel ($16) and pinot noir ($18).
Frank Family Vineyards
While the Calistoga-based property, first constructed as Larkmead Winery (the third oldest winery in Napa), produces vintages that have been wowing oenophiles for decades, Frank Family has just received certification for both Napa Green Certified Winery and Napa Green Certified Land programs. The Napa Valley chardonnay ($35), pinot noir ($35), zinfandel ($37) and cabernet sauvignon ($50) are distributed nationally. Open daily for tastings.
Through the years various groups have honored the Healdsburg winery’s sustainable growing practices, including Fish, Ranch and Bee Friendly Farming and EverGreen Sonoma Clean Power. This year’s goal is the California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing designation. Ranch manager Brent Young says these undertakings do take a bit more time and human effort but reap a worthy result. Jordan Winery produces cabernet sauvignon ($53) and chardonnay ($30) and olive oil.