Ideal Wines for Earth Day!

Earth Day is approaching and that means it’s a great day to get outside in nature with some wine! Have yourself an organic picnic, complete with some natural snacks, cheeses, meats, and fruit, alongside some amazing organic and sustainable wines. Earth Day is worth celebrating because we all know we need to keep our planet healthy in order for us all to be happy and healthy. Why not support local businesses doing their part to help the planet, as well as wineries who take their wines seriously and give you the best, most organic, earth friendly wines as possible!

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Here are some of mu top wine picks for Earth Day that I think are ideal for your celebration as well as weekly consumption.

Elouan Wines: This winery is working together with non-profit Trees for the Future (TREES). This is an international non-profit that focuses on globally replenishing the diminishing tree population! They are teaming up again this spring, where together, through their “Enjoy a Bottle, Plant a Tree” initiative, Elouan Wines and TREES will plant a tree for every bottle or glass of Elouan wines sold between March 1 – May 31st.

I had the pleasure of tasting the 2018 Pinot Noir which was just delicious! Gorgeous Oregon fruit and terroir, with luscious berry and red fruit notes on the nose following through to the palate. For $21.99/bottle this wine is an absolute must for Earth Day! If you want something crisp and refreshing, and a wine thats ideal for a picnic, check out their 2019 Rosé which combines some cooler climate areas of grapes, which makes for great acidity and fruit flavors in this wine!

“Elouan, meaning “good light”, refers to the longer days and abundance of sunshine in Oregon. Elouan achieves complexity, richness, and consistency through fruit from Oregon’s premiere Western vineyards which harmonize beautifully when blended together. This nature-focused wine, with the famous Joseph Wagner touch, expresses the Oregon terroir and earthiness while still having vibrant acidity balanced with supple tannins. Partnering with Trees for the Future will allow this wine to pay tribute to the environment in which it was created and help replenish this Earth.” – www.elouanwines.com/plant-a-tree

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Fetzer Wines: For over five decades, Fetzer has taken strides to minimize its environmental impact. The winery is the first in the US to receive CarbonNeutral certification; it uses 100% renewable energy; has reduced water intensity by 25% and has become certified zero-waste! They also just make some great everyday drinking wines ideal for parties, picnics, bbq’s, and takeout nights.

Two of my favorites for this Spring weather are the 2018 Shaly Loam Gewürztraminer which is $9.99 and Crafted in an off-dry style. Layered with peach, warm cinnamon spice, and pear notes. On the palate, it has a subtle sweetness which tends to offset the sweet baking spice and cooked peach flavors. This wine is ideal for cheese courses and fruit salads; at the end of your meal. However sipping this poolside on a hot day would also be the perfect pairing… it would be amazing as a Wine Spritz!

The Hess Collection: Sustainability and dedication to the land are founding principles of The Hess Collection and today, the next generation of the family continues to honor the words of founder Donald Hess: “Nurture the land, return what you take.” This winery as you may know is always in my roundups because I am just obsessed with the food friendliness and easy to drink nature of Hess Collection wines. I was happy to hear about their dedication to sustainability and how they are in partnership with The National Forest Foundation. They partner for the winery’s Pour One, Plant One program, which will help rebuild forests around the country. Hess has committed to supporting long-term environmental efforts, with each bottle of its Hess Select wines sold throughout the year contributing towards the planting of 25,000 trees in National Forests around the United States!

Through June 2021, sales of every bottle of Hess Select wine will support the National Forest Foundation as they work to replant forests throughout the US.

My favorites I tasted recently were the Hess Select Rosé which is elegant and bright with a clean delicious berry forward finish. I enjoyed this over Easter weekend, and saved the other whites for Earth Day, because I just could not resist. The Chardonnay and Pinot Gris were my two second favorites and will be featured in some of my Earth Day content on 4/22/21!

For those of you seeking some fantastic wines to sip this Earth Day or any day for that matter, check out these three great wine brands! American made, globally inspired, and helping the environment; what could be better than that?

Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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