A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers. Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum […]
It’s time to talk about a provocative topic: sexual confusion. No, not the kind you’re thinking of. Another type of sexual confusion is used in viticulture, allowing sustainably-minded winemakers to reduce or eliminate insecticide use. Our story begins with the birds and bees. Well, moths. The purpose of sexual confusion involves curtailing the exploits of several […]
Say you were choosing between beer and soda to accompany your lunch. Say you were putting aside all thoughts about what’s healthier and what you prefer to drink at this very moment (it’s for a good cause!), and instead you were choosing your beverage based solely on the environmental impact. What should you choose? We’re […]
“Contains sulfites” is a fairly off-putting statement on a bottle of wine that you hope to enjoy with a meal, gift to a friend, or share with a loved one. Um, you mean, there’s chemicals in here? So, are they bad for me—is that why wine sometimes gives me headaches? And can wine be made […]
We are surfing the second (or is it the third?) wave of locavorism, where the exotic and the homegrown collide. Members of Generations X and Y, who were spoon-fed Alice Waters, M.F.K. Fisher, and Ruth Reichl’s brand of farm-chic gourmet, are seeking ever-higher spheres of authenticity. Their demands are driving tangible change that has affected […]
There is a distinct lack of nuance when it comes to conversations about politics, taxes and … organic agriculture. But even more distressingly, there is a distinct lack of basic consumer comprehension. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and even on a recent weekend getaway, I couldn’t escape the increasingly incessant chatter about the […]
Sustainable. Organic. Biodynamic. We have been hearing these words a lot in the wine world over the past decade or so. What started out as an attempt to reduce the amount of man-made materials in the winemaking process has become a huge marketing tool. Since we know the media will use anything it can to […]
Natural wine is all the rage right now and the folks at TransOceanic Wind Transport (TWOT) have gotten on-board. Four days of good old fashioned wind powered sailing brought 3500 bottles of natural wine to London from the French port of Fécamp in partnership with the RAW Natural Wine Fair.