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Organic Beer & Wine Tasting Announced

Sponsored by the CCOF, or California Certified Organic Farmers, the 5th annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting will take place at San Francisco’s Ferry Building on October 29 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for unlimited beer and wine tasting and a commemorative wine glass. Special food pairings from the Ferry Building Marketplace artisans will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will help fund CCOF’s education and outreach programs. Eight organic breweries and 18 organic wineries will be pouring their wares. For a complete list and to buy tickets online, visit the CCOF website.

From the press release:

CCOF, one of the largest organic certifiers in the U.S., reports that organic wine is among the fastest growing sectors of organic. The wines featured at the tasting will come from organic farms in California’s premiere grape growing regions, including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, and Lake counties. Wineries increasingly recognize that preserving the precious resources of these areas goes hand in hand with producing top quality products. Organic farmers use natural fertilizers and pest control methods to make sure their vineyards stay healthy. Emtu Estate Wines raises orphaned birds of prey, and is proud of the fact that many owls stick around as grown-ups, becoming part of the vineyard’s ecosystem.

Eventgoers will appreciate the thought these companies put into their energy use and waste streams. Uncommon Brewers chose to package their unique beers in aluminum cans. Not only is this the best way to protect beer from spoilage due to light exposure, aluminum is easier to recycle than glass and lightweight to save energy in shipping. Barra of Mendocino recently partnered with another CCOF operation, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op, to help Redwood Valley residents recycle their wine corks. The corks collected at drop-off locations in the valley are shipped to ReCORK for grinding and used by SOLE to make cork-based socks and shoes! Many of the featured producers also use smart design and alternative energy sources to reduce their carbon footprints.

The ever-growing turnout for CCOF’s beer and wine tasting event is a testament to the organic wine sector’s growth in quality and to consumers’ desire to enjoy themselves while minimizing their impact on the environment. In addition to favorites from past years, this year’s tasting will feature two new wineries and one new brewery. Domaine Carneros will pour their 2006 Brut and their 2007 Estate Pinot Noir, and Kelseyville Wine Company will offer a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon as well as their newly certified 2009 Zinfandel. Napa Smith Brewery will round out the beer sampling with their new organic IPA.

Posted on Monday, October 4th, 2010
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Crushpad creates 1 out of 100 wines sold in U.S.

It’s hard to believe, but the warehouse winery that started in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill in 2004 has crossed the 1 percent mark for U.S. wine production.

Crushpad, now based in Napa Valley and Bordeaux, has churched out 3,247 different wines to date, more than any winery in the history of the biz. From home winemakers to some 150 commercial brands, these are unique wines, not generic bottles slapped with custom labels.

Of the custom crush facility’s 3,000-plus wines, some were projects as small as 25 cases; others were  commercial wineries producing 10,000 cases. They specialize in making wines from 50 top vineyards in California and Bordeaux.

Now it’s time to add grapes from the rest of the world!

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010
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