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Heard It Through the Grapevine

May 15th, 2009

A new website, www.oscw.org, has been launched to help us wine drinkers understand the sustainable farming and winemaking process from vine to bottle. Created in 2008, Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine showcases the Oregon wine industry’s commitment to responsible, sustainable vineyard and winery practices. The idea is that if a vineyard has already met the rigorous requirements of one or more of these agencies, they would be allowed to use the OSC logo on their wine bottles, therefore creating a more standardized branding for consumers to recognize, trust,  and understand its simple, non-technical guiding principles.

The OSCW logo guarantees that the wine was made using responsible agriculture and responsible winemaking, both certified by an independent third party. Currently, 11 Oregon wineries have earned OCSW certification, totaling nearly 450,000 bottles of wine. Wineries include Adelsheim Vineyard, Amity Vineyards, Anne Amie Vineyards, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Cristom Vineyards, Montinore Estate, Panther Creek Cellars, Ponzi Vineyards, WillaKenzie Estate, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Wooldridge Creek Winery.

The first wines to carry the OCSW logos will be some 2008 whites being released this summer just in time for BBQs and picnics. So raise a glass and make an act of green both at the same time. Salud!!!