April 22 is Earth Day! What better way to honor the Earth than to celebrate with the best organic wines for Earth Day that are good for you and good for the planet! All of our organic winery partners use organic or Biodynamic agricultural and production processes that don’t pollute the air, the water or the soil. All wines are made with 100% organically grown grapes and many are USDA Certified organic with no sulfites added. We have 100% vegan wines in our portfolio as well.
With an estimated 80% of all packaged products, now genetically modified, we have gone the extra mile to have each of our wines Non-GMO Project verified. We believe you should know exactly what’s in your glass of wine, from the vineyard to the processing ingredients such as yeast and fining agents where GMOs can come into play. Learn more about Non-GMO wines at nongmowines.com and look for the butterfly on shelf or neck tags. The entire month of April is celebrated as Earth Month, and the perfect time to take the “Non-GMO Challenge.”
Take the Non-GMO Challenge – Pledge to Drink Non-GMO Organic Wines for Earth Day and Every Day!
“The Non-GMO Challenge is a month-long celebration that gives shoppers, brands, and retailers the opportunity to make meaningful non-GMO commitments. First launched in 2012, the Challenge serves as a powerful way to support a safer and more transparent food system while celebrating Earth Month in April. Take a photo or video sharing your non-GMO commitment and submit it to complete your entry for a chance to win a DreamBox! Use our pledge templates or create your own!”
You can purchase our Non-GMO Project Verified wines at Whole Foods Market, 365 by Whole Foods and other fine retailers nationwide. Share your favorite Non-GMO wine and meal pairing on your social media pages using the hashtags #NonGMOChallenge, #NonGMOProject and #GoNonGMO
Best Organic Wines for Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Month, we suggest the following organic and Non-GMO Project Verified wines:
Pizzolato Fields Prosecco Spumante – Aromas of golden apple, pressed flowers, white peach, and mint with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, medium-length Meyer lemon, sage, and plantain finish. A dry and palate-opening Prosecco that will make a great aperitivo. Tastings.com
biokult Gruner Veltliner– Aromatic nose suggests arugula, lime and ripe lemon. The palate is juicy and easy, with lots of pear fruit and more fresh lemon. A summer wine par excellence with a refreshing, dry finish. WE
Pizzolato No Sulfites Added Merlot – Rich aromas of chocolate covered toasted coconut, grilled and herb marinated peppers, and strawberry-grape liqueur through on a supple, silky entry to a dryyet-fruity medium-to-full body with notes of tart apples, clay and pencil shavings. Tastings.com
Pizzolato No Sulfites Added Cabernet – Aromas of roasted green pepper, toffee, and craisin chutney with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, black pepper and toasted cedar accented finish. A nice savory table wine. Tastings.com
Spartico No Sulfites Added Spanish Red Blend – Medium color. Aromas of strawberry, stewed plum, vanilla custard, and baking spice with a bright, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long , prune, and bittersweet chocolate finish with well-integrated tannins. Tastings.com
History of Earth Day
In 1969, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to be celebrated March 21, 1970, the first day of spring. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson had a similar idea just one month later, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He declared April 22, 1970 as a “national teach-in on the environment” called Earth Day. In the 49 years since, Earth Day has served as a catalyst to unite the vast array of groups and individuals who care for and protect the earth. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
The Theme for Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species
“Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity,” says Earth Day Action Network.
“The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.”
According to Earth Day Action Network, bees are among the most concerning threatened species. “For much of the past ten years, beekeepers, primarily in the United States and Europe, have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable. In fact, one in four wild bee species in the U.S. is at risk of extinction.” The widespread use of pesticides and herbicides along with climate change are factors contributing to the downfall of the species. Bees pollinate plants and are essential to all types of agriculture, including organic and Biodynamic vineyards where bees pollinate cover crops and other plants that are part of a healthy and balanced ecosystem.
According to Earth Day Action Network, threats to bee species include
- Widespread use of pesticides, neonicotinoids and GMOs
- Climate change
- Loss of habitat, including land use changes, habitat fragmentation, loss of bio-diversity
- Bees forced into service; monoculture
- Pests, diseases, viruses, and mold
“The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.”
Purchasing organic and Biodynamic, Non-GMO Project Verified produce and products is one step you can make in the right direction on Earth Day and every day. This year, go a few steps further to urge your Congress representative to pass the Pollinator Recovery Act and to protect the Endangered Species Act. Learn how to go green, protect the environment and fight global warming with these 46 easy-to-follow tips. This Earth Day, raise a glass of organic wines to toast your positive choices that will result in a greener and healthier future.