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Top Green Wine Picks

Look for earth-friendly vintages from the winemakers below, whose whole operations, from farming to processing, are certified organic O, biodynamic B, Salmon Safe SS or LIVE L. Also noted, which state: California CA, New York NY, Oregon OR or Washington WA.

Amity Vineyards O OR

Badger Mountain Vineyard O WA

Bonterra Vineyards O CA

Brickhouse Wines O OR

Ceago Vinegarden O, B CA

Cooper Mountain O, B OR

Fitzpatrick Winery O CA

Four Chimneys O NY

Frey O, B CA

Heller Estate O CA

Larocca Vineyards O CA

Ponzi Wines L, SS OR

Resonance Vineyard B OR

Sokol Blosser Vineyards O, SS OR

Willakenzie L, SS OR

Willamette Valley Vineyards L, O, SS OR

Also Recommended

Clos Saron Vineyards uses organic methods CA

Fetzer its vineyards are organic, but it also buys non-organic; its reduced-glass bottles cut carbon emissions

Frogís Leap Winery uses O grapes CA

Grgich Hills Estate uses certified O, B grapes

Silver Thread Vineyard uses no synthetic fertilizers or herbicides; uses limited pesticides


To buy U.S. and international green wines, check out these stores and Web sites, and ask at your local farmers' market and wine shops.

Appellati Wines NY

Astor Wines hosts annual Natural Wine Events, NY

Fine Wine Brokers Chicago

K & L Wines CA

Prospect Wine Shop NY

Whole Foods Markets

Eco Vine Wine Club

Natural Merchants

The Organic Wine Company

Organic Vintners

Organic Wine Press

Organic Wine Trade Company also sells Fair Trade wines

Redblanc specializes in French wines


O: Organic, grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetic engineering. USDA certified organic wines are also processed without adding sulfites, a common allergen. European certified organic wines have fewer sulfites than conventional.

B: Biodynamic is organic, plus: No animal by-products, and follows lunar and solar cycles. Look for Demeter Association Certified.

L: LIVE, from Oregon, uses beneficial insects rather than pesticides.

SS: Salmon Safe is either organic, or IPM (uses pesticides only as last resort), and growing methods keep runoff out of water bodies.

Fair Trade Certified: These wines, and others bearing the Fair Trade Certified seal, are produced in humane conditions by workers paid a living wage

Malbecís Neu Direction and Solombra, both from Argentina, are available through Wal-martís Samís Club or The Organic Wine Trade Company.

Melania certified fair trade wines from Chile are available in some U.S. stores; Etica certified fair trade wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa; available by mail only.


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