By Maris Callahan for DietsInReview.com
There are a lot of ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint when you’re throwing a party, including composting your leftovers, recycling, and buying locally grown produce – fruits and vegetables that haven’t been shipped halfway around the world.
Another way to do your part to help the planet is by serving organic wine. Contrary to popular belief, organic wine is actually no healthier for you than conventional wine, but it is better for the planet.
“Organic winemaking is the emphasis on growing grapes with natural remedies and enhancements instead of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides,” said Erica Witte, owner of The Poison Cup, a wine and art boutique in Chicago. “Anyone who is concerned about the planet’s lack of potable water should consider trading traditional wines for organic,” Witte said. “It’s also perfect for anyone skeptical of FDA-approved pesticides or fertilizers.”
Not only are organic grapes farmed using more sustainable methods than conventional grapes, organic wine is free of sulfites, which some wine-drinkers like to avoid.
On the Fourth of July, when many people serve cans of beer that will eventually wind up in the recycling bin, serve bottles of organic wine instead or in addition to your usual libations. We’ve chosen a few organic wines that pair with a few favorite, healthier burger recipes that will allow for a delicious and guilt-free summer celebration.