Happy Earth Month! This month, we celebrate the planet we call home and reflect on our impact on the environment. Although, one day seems far too little to reflect and appreciate the biosphere we call home. The place that provides us with everything we want and need in abundance. Two of those things being spirits and wine! Sustainability practices are growing in popularity from brand to brand, and companies are doing their part by choosing greener alternatives. As we raise a glass to the occasion, we celebrate several of our wine and spirits brands that prioritize sustainability and eco-friendliness in their production processes.
There are many steps in making good whiskey, and only select groups of people have mastered it. Noble Oak has mastered those steps and felt responsible for incorporating one more to this process: revitalizing the earth. Yes, their contribution to the world of whiskey has elevated the joie de vivre of humankind, but their contributions go deeper than that. Noble Oak has partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every bottle sold. And so far, 973,091 trees have been planted in dedication to this ethos. There’s an extra ounce of satisfaction when you drink Noble Oak: you get the taste, the notes and now, the gratification of giving back to Mother Earth.
Seaglass Wine Company
The varietals that Seaglass Wine Company produces are as refreshing as the coastal name suggests. From its bold and rich Cabernet Sauvignon to its clean and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Seaglass Wine’s refreshing take on classic varietals doesn’t stop there; it also extends to how they produce the wine— from sustainable farming to conscientious water use. They are also a proud supporter of the Surfrider Foundation, which is “dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.” Their fight is five-fold: plastic reduction, ocean protection, beach access, coast and climate and clean water. Together, we can ride the wave of sustainability to a better, cleaner future.
Brother’s Bond Bourbon
Brother's Bond Bourbon is a relatively new brand co-founded by actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. Inspired by their relationship on screen and their love for bourbon, they decided to take on a new venture—Brother’s Bond. Their bourbon is made to be enjoyed with friends and family, with the added bonus of sustainability. The “brothers” are so dedicated to making a different whiskey they have made it a priority to harvest their grains via regenerative agriculture. This type of agriculture doesn’t rely on oil like industrial agriculture does. Instead, regenerative agriculture focuses on keeping topsoil healthy.
The Botanist is a premium, artisanal gin produced by the Bruichladdich Distillery on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. If the name Bruichladdich name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re familiar with the Bruichladdich Scotch that is made in this distillery as well. While both brands are renowned for their complex flavor profile, the distillery behind them is equally notable for its commitment to sustainability. The distillery is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and minimizing waste throughout its production process. To achieve this goal, the Bruichladdich Distillery has implemented several eco-friendly measures. One such measure is the installation of a circulatory heating system. This reduces the need for additional energy sources and minimizes the amount of water wasted during production. Additionally, the distillery has switched to using 100% renewable energy sourced entirely within the UK.
Jose Cuervo is one of the largest brands in the world. The name alone is synonymous with tequila, good times and now, sustainability. Jose Cuervo recently unveiled “The Agave Project,” an initiative that adds another purpose to agave by-products; the newest addition is agave straws! The fibers of the agave plant are tough and resilient, making this a perfect plastic alternative. These new agave straws will degrade in landfills within five years, 200 times faster than regular plastic straws! Even though no one needs another reason to enjoy tequila, Jose Cuervo just gave us one.
Viña Concha y Toro
If you visit the Viña Concha y Toro website, you’ll see that their search for excellent wines is tirelessly pursued and driven by passion. The pursuit of excellent wine isn’t just in the wine itself, but in how it’s done; in the case of Viña Concha y Toro, that means sustainably. They make sure that their wine has a positive impact on the people who enjoy it, but they also make sure it has a positive impact on the earth. This mission is ensured through measures such as the drop-by-drop system. This system is a form of irrigation that ensures the vines receive the right amount of water while being as conservative as possible. Viña Concha y Toro is so dedicated to this cause, they have become 100% reliant on the drop-by-drop system. In fact, their water usage is 47% less than the industry average! This month, as you give an extra appreciation to the earth and all we get from it, do it with a glass of wine from one of the Viña Concha y Toro wineries.
The fight against climate change doesn’t stop or start with these brands. Everyone can help reduce their carbon footprint making small changes to their everyday lives. Changes can include using reusable straws, carpooling, watering lawns less, upcycling, recycling and of course, enjoying these incredible brands! By choosing to support these brands, we can all sip sustainably while also supporting environmentally responsible practices.
You can shop these brands on eRNDC. If Mother Nature could speak, we’re sure she’d show gratitude for caring about this rock we call home. Happy Earth Month!
Enjoy responsibly, Cheers!