California Wines: Down to Earth Month

Vineyards around the Golden State are hosting some planet-minded parties in April.

APRIL IS A MONTH... that's flush with nature-found gifts, from flowering fruit trees to sunshiny afternoons to beachside mornings that aren't too cool (but aren't yet too warm). It's also when we celebrate Earth Day by hosting a caboodle of festivals focused on eco-minded topics and creative ways to conserve energy. Many Golden State wineries also mark the day by honoring planetary causes over the entire fourth month in a host of ways, under the banner of Down to Earth Month. Down to Earth Month launches on April 1, when "California wineries will be offering dozens of sustainability-focused events and activities (including) Earth Day Wine Festivals, farm-to-glass tours, and walks with the winemaker to vineyard hikes, VIP eco-tours, and more." Finding out if your favorite vineyard is up to something is as easy as...

CHECKING THE SCHEDULE: Even if your go-to grape place isn't participating, you can bet another label you like will be on the roster, or one you've perhaps wanted to get to know. Look to to-dos like the Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley happening, on April 23, which will feature several wineries showing off their lovely libations at Iron Horse Vineyards. And the wineries around the Santa Cruz Mountains will host a Passport Day on Saturday, April 15, and visitors are encouraged, while there, to check out the Organic Wine Trail. It's all about great wines and new introductions, for sure, but also about spreading the word on the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance's Sustainable Winegrowing Program. If you want to know more, if you want to delve into April's sweetnesses, or if you want to find a new-to-you winery that folds in sustainable steps in its daily doings, begin your Earth Month adventure here.

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