Booze to save the planet

ecochick needs a drink.

So it’s a good thing that a quick search for “organic” on the LCBO comes up with about 50 hits. Mostly red and white wines with perhaps a vodka or two thrown in for good measure, the variety and quality of organic alcohol is increasing, and it’s a good thing, given the week ecochick’s had.

One great wine on the list is from Napa Valley’s Frog’s Leap Winery. If you’ve ever toured the Napa Valley wine country and visited Frog’s Leap, you’ll know it’s in a beautiful setting with the tall, sun-baked hills nestled in behind their cavernous stone winery. And now, all of their wines are grown organically, their winery is 100% solar powered (I guess you can do that in California!), they use geothermal energy for heating and cooling, and they “dry farm” the grapes by planting them so deeply they don’t require extra watering.

Their wines aren’t cheap, ranging from $26 for a 2006 Sauvignon Blanc to $100+ for a rich Rutherford. However, if you’re in the mood to splurge, you will not be disappointed – their wines are lovely.

On the less expensive but still yummy side, there’s always Ciao! Organic Wines, available at the LCBO in a Chardonnay and Sangiovese in the $13 range. Far easier on the pocketbook, and the tetrapak is easy on the planet.

Happy Friday!

Ciao! Organic Wines

ecochick’s back, after a self-imposed (oh all right, stomach-flu imposed) break. I hope everyone had an utterly lovely Holiday!

In the midst of the holiday season, you’re bound to be invited to at least a dozen fabulous parties. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly hostess gift, why not try Ciao! Organic wines? The Organic varieties include a smooth Sangiovese and a sweet, light Chardonnay. Both varieties come in an environmentally friendly tetrapak. Just as the butterfly is in perfect harmony with nature, so is Ciao Organic Wine!

Ciao is available at the LCBO and other retailers.

Organic Wine Journal


There are days when there’s nothing to be done except put up your feet, sigh, and drink the better part of a bottle of wine. What, that’s just me? Well, just make sure it’s organic wine. And if you want to know as much as you possibly can about organic wine, then check out the Organic Wine Journal. With wide ranging articles from wine tours in various locales, to listings of organic wineries by country, to wine tastings, this is an excellent resource to find out everything you can about organic wines. Interested in champagne’s dirty secret? How about tagging along on the experience of sampling wine in Paris? It’s all here. So sit back, unscrew a bottle of organic, and enjoy!

4 Copas Tequila

When you’ve had a rough week, sometimes the only thing that’ll help is Tequila.

Specifically, 4 Copas Tequila, the first tequila that’s been certified as organic. Made from sustainably farmed blue agave, this distillery not only cares about the environment, but also about the people it employs. From their website:

[with] Native Mexicans’ sacred appreciation of the provider Goddess Mayag├╝el, we renew this respect by healing the soil. Tireless passion for the perfect distillation and intense practice of the cultural symbol of Mexico, Charreria (or the rodeo) at the distillery bring tradition full circle into the hand crafted bottle.

…its purity of spirit is what really makes you ‘feel’ good at the moment you savour it and expecially the following day. You may catch yourself thinking “I was drinking tequila last night….I was very happy…why do I feel so great today?” That’s the 4 Copas way.

…Let us drink together for it is said that if one shares 4 Copas (4 Cups) with friends, they will be friends for life.

So enjoy your Friday Margarita, knowing that your tequila is friendly to the earth.. and its natural, organic nature is also reportedly friendlier to your liver!

4 Copas creates several variants of tequila including fresh white Blanco, rich, smooth Reposado, aged, sophisticated Anejo and top of the line, $1000 a bottle Limited Edition.

4 Copas is available across Canada including at the LCBO in Ontario, as well as at other fine selected establishments.

Kicking Horse Coffee

“We need more coffee”, said ecodude.

“On the list”, said ecochick.

But what to buy? There’s plenty of brands, lots of beans, lots of image, but who knows what’s what? Who’s really making the money from my sweet, sweet bag of caffeine?

Browsing the shelf, ecochick noticed a black bag of coffee beans.

A black bag with attitude.

The black bag of Kicking Horse Coffee.

Excellent Thing 1: A Canadian brand, roasted, bagged and distributed from Invermere, British Columbia, although whether they are still in their garage is debatable.

Excellent Thing 2: Certified Fair trade. Grown in countries around the world and obtained through co-ops, Fair Trade certification ensures that the farmers who grow the beans are fairly compensated, thus supporting their local economies while providing us with our North American caffeine jolts.

Excellent Thing 3: Certified Organic, Shade Grown coffee. No pesticides, herbicides or other persistent, damaging chemicals, and grown in the far more sustainable, taste-friendly shade.

Excellent Thing 4: Seriously good coffee. Cliff Hanger, with its strong, sweet espresso taste is to ecochick’s liking; there are plenty of other blends to suit everyone including Kick Ass dark roast, Jumbo Wild medium roast, and plenty more. Try this coffee.

You can buy Kicking Horse Coffee online or through various retailers (I found mine at Sobeys).

Three Thieves Wines

ecochick overindulged a bit yesterday. Hey, it’s Thanksgiving. But still, even when revelling in turkey and wine, ecochick’s thinking of the next fabulous ecofriendly thing to tell you.

So when this wine showed up on the dinner table, it was delightfully accepted as both a delicious wine and an environmentally friendly option. Three Thieves creates Bandit wine in several varieties, which tastes all the better when you see that it comes packaged in an environmentally friendly tetra pack. Even more delightful, you can get single serving packs rather like adult juice boxes – so no more opening a bottle when all you want is a glass! Bandit wines include a lovely cabernet sauvignon, a crisp pinot grigio and a delicious merlot.

Bandit wines are available online and through the LCBO if you’re in Ontario. Drink up!

FrogpondFarm


It’s almost the weekend, and like you, ecochick’s looking forward to a nice bottle of red and chatter with the girls. And what better wine than those from Frogpond, the only certified Organic winery in Ontario? Frogpond Farm uses no insecticides, herbicides, synthetic fungicides or chemical fertilizers. All grapes are hand-picked and crafted into lively genuine wines using only gentle traditional winemaking techniques. So all you get is the lovely taste of the grape, grown in harmony with the land and the frog pond. Nice!

Frogpond farm wines are available from the winery, as well as many restaurants across Ontario.

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