Though spring may be in the air, on the ground it’s the season of sustainability; especially when it comes to wine. Wineries around the word have embraced the practice of nurturing their natural surroundings, with New Zealand leading the way with 94 percent of its producers adopting sustainable vineyard practices. Toast their efforts with a glass of Oyster Bay’s Marlborough Chardonnay, Kim Crawford’s South Island Pinot Noir or Villa Maria’s Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet.
Give Music the Green Light
While it might not be easy being green, that hasn’t stopped some amazingly uplifting sounds from being associated with the colour.
Weezer Weezer (The Green Album) (2001) “On an island in the sun, we’ll be playing and having fun.”
Al Green Greatest Hits (1975) “Loving you whether, whether times are good or bad, and happy or sad.”
R.E.M. Green (1988) “Think about direction, wonder why you haven’t before.”
Muppets The Green Album (2011) “Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.”
Slow Food and Wine Synergy
One of spring’s early risers, asparagus’ forward green vegetal expression has many wine fans stymied for a proper pairing. The Sauvignon Blanc grape shares much of this veg’s forward expression, with New Zealand’s Seresin’s Momo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc making a marriage made in home gardening heaven.
Keep Things Cool
Adding ice cubes to your beverages not only wastes water, they dilute your drinks. Teroforma’s re-usable plasticwrapped Wine Twirls and natural soapstone Whisky Stones hold a chill for hours while keeping your favourite tipple at a constant temperature. Both are available from their web site Teroforma& Indigo/Chapters.