Pop the bubbly & toast your Golden Globes get-together

Much like New Year’s Eve = toasting at midnight, the ever-present champagne bucket is the traditional center of the Golden Globe tables at the Beverly Hills Hilton each year. So, who to turn to for a sustainable sparkling option to get your Golden Globes get-together going? Well, a filmaker nache, and who is more iconic than filmmaker turned winemaker Francis Ford Coppola? His line of Sofia Coppola Sparkling was of course named for his filmmaker progeny, Sofia, and the 24 wine-producing acres at the winery are sustainably farmed and part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program. I’ve included a few more interesting green facts below.

My personal favorite bonus of the Sofia line are the personal, single-serving size “Sofia Mini Singles” that are great for greeting guests as they arrive (+ no glass required) or to use as a goodnight gift at the end of the night.

http://www.franciscoppolawinery.com/behind-the-scenes/sustainability

  • Fruit is purchased from growers who farm sustainably, and some of the vineyards we source from are certified organic as well.
  • Their winegrowing practices involve the Integrated Pest Management program, which discusses the best practices for maintaining soil and vine health and proactively farming to reduce and treat pest pressures.
  • They recycle their grape and water waste by fertilizing with composted grape pomace and irrigating only with reclaimed winery wastewater. 
  • The Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines are packaged in 100% recycled cardboard case boxes, and all of the corks they purchase come from sustainable cork forests.
  • They work with label and foil companies with environmentally friendly practices as well

Other green tips for choosing a bubbly worthy of your ecotaining event:

  • Source a more local option in your state or region…New York has great options like Wölffer Estate’s Sparkling Brut, Blanc de Blanc (http://www.wolffer.com/); Oregon offers terrific options like Argyle Winery’s six different Sparklings (http://argylewinery.com/store.php); Georgia has an interesting little winery called Chesser Island Winery that produces noteworthy sparkling wines made from blueberries, blackberries and muscadines, using the same techniques (méthode champenoise) used to make French champagne (http://www.chesserislandwinery.com/).
  • Source sustainable: ask for your local liquor retailer or grocer to point you in the right direction of a wine that is sustainably producer or certified organic. Whole Foods makes it easy to shop for local & organic options.

Now raise a glass & toast to being a winning ecotainer!

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