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Sustainability In The Spotlight: “Down To Earth” Wine Book Giveaway!

Vinted on May 6, 2014 binned in giveaways
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Aaaand, the giveaways are back, people!

This week, I’ve got two copies of The Wine Institute‘s new tome, “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California” to give away to some of you lucky folk.

As some of you possibly soon-to-be lucky folk already know, I rather enjoyed “Down to Earth” (I received a review copy). Janet Fletcher’s text is well-written, the organization of profiled wineries by season provides a helpful context of year-long sustainable farming, and the environmentally-focused efforts by the included wine brands are largely interesting. George Rose’s photography might be the real show-stealer in this one, though; as I wrote for

“Rose has a knack for being able to move between intimate subjects (people, animals, insects, and grapes) and larger contexts (hillsides, and vineyards) without losing a sense of the beauty and tranquility in either.”

Yeah, I just quoted myself, okay? Anyway, The book concludes with some interesting seasonal recipes as well, which is a nice bonus (well, it is when you have a significant other who happens to be a fantastic cook, like I do).

If you want to grab your own hardcover copy of “Down to Earth” (about $40 value), here’s the skinny on how it is all gonna go down…

  • Leave a comment here with your thoughts on anything related to sustainable winemaking; do you care about it? does it inform your vino purchases? got a story from a visit to a sustainably-farmed vineyard? never ever given a rat’s tuckus about how your wine’s grapes were farmed? Let’s hear it!

[ Editor’s note: Personally, I can say that as a wine consumer, the concept of sustainability rarely occurs to me,, which is a bit of a sad commentary on my buying habits (particularly when we consider that in most of my other food purchases, this does inform my decisions quite heavily). Now, granted, I buy a lot less wine now than I used to before I got overrun with samples, but still… ].

  • On Friday, May 9 at 8PM ET, I will randomly select two winners from the commenters, each of whom will get one copy of the new book. Note that’s a shorter run than most of the week-long giveaways here, so get your environmentally-friendly a** in gear and comment if you want a chance to win!

You need to have a U.S. shipping address (which means you probably also pay your taxes, right?).

Cheers – and good luck!

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