Staying health-conscious—and even green—doesn’t mean you don’t have options when it comes to drinking. From the difference between organic and biodynamic wine, to açai alcohol and green gin, rum, and more, find out what you need to know about sipping sustainably. Plus, check out these organic cocktail recipes.
Whether you prefer red or white, how to make sure your wine is green:
Don’t be swayed by a label that says a wine is made with natural ingredients—it doesn’t mean your choice is organic. A wine can receive the USDA’s organic label if it falls under one of two classifications: 100 Percent Organic Wine (which means its made of 100% organic certified grapes, with no sulfites, nitrates, or other non-organic ingredients added), or Organic, Made with Organic Grapes (which means 95% of the wine has to come from organic grapes, with no added sulfites).
Sip SIP-Certified Wine:
Sustainability in Practice is a certification Program that provides a verifiable method to authenticate a vineyard’s attention to integrated farming practices—a commitment to environmental stewardship, equitable treatment of employees, and economic viability—that was developed by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, a non-profit dedicated to sustainable winegrowing since 1994. For a list of SIP-certified wines, go to sipthegoodlife.org.
Biodynamic farming views farms and vineyards as self-sustaining ecosystems, and in addition to being USDA-certified organic, biodynamic vineyards also can’t use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and implement sustainable farming practices like energy- and water-saving techniques. For a list of biodynamic wines, check out vinography.com.
Aluminum screwtops require less materials and are recyclable—so consider screwtop over corked wine.
Think Inside the Box:
It may remind you of your college days, but boxed wine has come a long way, baby. Check out organic options like Yellow+Blue Wine (ybwines.com)—their motto, “Drink Well. Do Good.” is certainly easy to get behind, and Y+B—made with 100% organic hand-picked grapes and packaged in eco-friendly Tetra Pak packaging—is the only carbon-neutral wine importer in the U.S.
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