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Photo by Barry Kovish


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How Wine Can Save Salmon

Uncorking a bottle of wine can elicit merriment, boost heart health, and even relieve stress. But one program brings another benefit to pouring a glass of vino — helping out struggling salmon populations. The Salmon-Safe certification program is taking off in America's Northwest and the Walla Walla Valley, regions famous for their cool-climate grape varietals like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. More than 220 vineyards in Oregon and Washington earned Salmon-Safe certification so far, and the interest continues to grow as fast as the grapes themselves.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chateau Ste. Michelle achieves Salmon-Safe certification for vast Columbia Basin acreage

Wines & Vines Magazine

Reducing carbon emissions, improving vineyard practices, reviewing water use—these are just some of the achievements and ambitions of Northwest wineries in 2010… One of the biggest moves came this week, with Chateau Ste. Michelle's announcement that its prize Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge vineyards had obtained certification through the Salmon-Safe Inc. and Low-Input Viticulture and Enology Inc. certification programs. Together, the two vineyards represent 1,368 acres of Columbia Valley vineyards—more than one-third of the winery's acreage in the state. "Those sites are much larger than our typical Willamette Valley vineyard site, which tends to be 50 acres or so,” Dan Kent, managing director of Portland-based Salmon-Safe Inc., told Wines & Vines. While the organization is no stranger to Washington state, it’s primarily been active in the Walla Walla Valley... Read the article.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cork Reharvest Launch party

Cork ReHarvest is a startup environmental nonprofit that spun off from the pioneering sustainability program at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Cork ReHarvest is focused on protecting and sustaining the high biodiversity cork forests of the Mediterranean region while working with the wine industry to build North American markets for recycled natural cork. I'm so enthusiastic about Cork ReHarvest that I've just joined its founding board.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Seven Good Causes, 15 Top Wines: New Green Wineries

Food & Wine Magazine

Vineyards around the country have found a multitude of ways to go green-not just by switching to sustainable or organic grape-growing, but by taking advantage of every other green initiative around as well...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Green Grapes Grow On Oregon

Eugene Register-Guard

Simply put, growing good grapes requires planting the right vines in the right soil in the right climate and letting nature do its work. Of course, it's never that simple. Growers are at the mercy of weather, soil conditions and pests in a never-ending quest to control a patch of ground that can produce fruit that will make good wine... The Salmon-Safe message resonates with residents in the Pacific Northwest in particular, who know how important the iconic fish is to the region's ecosystem...


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Green revolutionaries: West Coast wine growers fight to save the environment

Wine Spectator, June 2007


Thursday, May 24, 2007

An eco-system of one's own

Vanity Fair, May 2007
Leo DiCaprio's on the cover and Salmon-Safe is among the inside offerings in Vanity Fair's Green Issue. In its easy-to-read consumer guide to food labels, VF gives Salmon-Safe a top ranking of "most reliable." Salmon-Safe is rated alongside USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified and four other leading labels...

Read the article.


Thursday, May 24, 2007

How green is your red? As wineries gain sustainable certifications, shop carefully

Portland Tribune, May 2007
If you have trouble tasting the difference between a cabernet sauvignon and a pinot noir, the labels on a restaurant wine list or in the grocery store wine aisle can read like a foreign language. If, in addition, you would like your wine to be produced using sustainable practices, you may be even more overwhelmed by the various certification labels that promise just that. Help is on the way....


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

How to... be a Green Wine Drinker, April 2007
Salmon-Safe certification rates a "seriously green" rating from this UK foodie web site. "If you really want to up your green credentials then spare a thought for the effects of winemaking on freshwater salmon..." Read the article.


Sunday, December 24, 2006

Seattle tries a new hook to save salmon: A product label assures customers that farms and vineyards don't damage fish habitats

Los Angeles Times, December 2006
This is a city that takes its salmon very seriously - as a delicacy, and as a regional icon. Now a new citywide ad campaign is asking grocery shoppers to step up and do their part to save the salmon. The bus ads remind shoppers to look for the "Salmon-Safe" label, which blesses fresh locally produced eggs, milk, wine and produce. This label assures the customer that the agricultural practices of the farm or vineyard in question do not harm salmon habitat. It's a message that seems tailor-made for this city, where organic coffee shops, farmers markets and agricultural cooperatives flourish...

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