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It’s All About Sustainable Wine

March 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Parducci Sustainable White Wine Mendocino County 2007

Sustainable wine Truthfully I really appreciate the efforts on behalf of growers towards the “green grape” movement.   Sustainability, from what brief posts and labels I have read and is pretty obvious, is all about respect for the land.  In essence that refers to irrigation, pest control, natural composting and wise use of the terrain for agricultural purposes.  (If you really want to be clued in,  here you go: http://www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/aboutcswa.php )

There is a lot of controversy about American consumer acceptance of organic and sustainable wine products.  To some producers, hanging the tag “organic” on a wine is akin to putting a red sale tag on it.  I am a bit puzzled with this.  If organic and sustainable products are achieving strong acceptance as well as acceptable revenue results in other arenas, why not wines?  Would drinking an organic wine or a wine produced from sustainable farming methods be a turn off in and of itself?  I don’t see the reasoning unless the taste carries the flavor tones of stirred compost.  In truth, wouldn’t you give a product produced in such a manner a nod of respect and allow it to try and earn it’s way onto the table?  I thought so. So I took on the challenge of testing this good cheap white wine from Mendocino County.

Parducci Sustainable White

Good enough a wine for my numb tongue

RATING: Good Enough for My Numb Tongue

So, it is with great dismay that I report how disappointing Parducci Sustainable White came across.  I chilled it on the back deck taking advantage of natures own little fridge.  No wasted carbons huh, huh!  Pretty green of me.   I drank it from an earthy tumbler produced by a local artisan.  Pretty 2009 farmers-market-savvy-act-locally huh, huh!  I even considered enjoying this wine while playing Woody Guthrie ballads on an acoustic guitar…except, I don’t know any Woody Guthrie ballads.  Anyway, I created a green mood that turned somewhat blue.

What Others Say:  sustainablewhite.com

1st PLACE, Light New World White Wine- The Wine Trials
A refreshing blend of sustainably grown Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Tokai, and Viognier grapes from Mendocino County.
Parducci Sustainable White has crisp, clean aromas, and flavors of citrus and melon. Enjoy this refreshing white wine with fresh salads, free-range chicken, and organic vegetables. What I Thought: I did not really get the same reaction from the wine.  The aroma was a little strong, too acidic, the promised melon citrus flavor was buried too deep beneath what, I don’t know, I just couldn’t get it to hit the palate.  Again though, I’ll probably try this and others of it’s genre again sometime.  Decent wine quest.  Maybe sustainable needs to grow on me?

Cheers from the Wine Oaf.  Got to love the NCAA hoops playoffs.  Go Purdue!

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  • 1 pat // Jun 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I just had this wine for lunch and thought it was great, I thnk it is everything they described. Light, crisp, and a clean melon taste.

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