12 Days of Wine 2023!
It is that time of year again! Time for the Crushed Grape Chronicles 12 Days of Wine!
This year will be different. No recipes, although you will find links to past articles with a few.
This year, we are focusing on “Wines of the Future”. That is…wines that you should be drinking to make for a better future!
The wine industry has some vineyards who are leading the way forward in agriculture with biodynamic and regnerative methods that sequester carbon (which helps to mitigate climate change) and feed the microbial life in the soil. You know that mycorrhizal network that feeds the nutrients to the plants.
The result? A healthier planet and more delicious wine!
So, for 12 Days we will focus on 12 wineries that are farming in a way that is good for the planet. These are not just “sustainable” vineyards. These are vineyards that are making the soil and the planet better!
Some of these are wineries that will feature in our “Can Wine Save the Planet?” documentary!
Follow along and then seek out these wines! Do your part to help save the planet!
12 Days of Wine 2023
Who is making these Wines for the Future?
We will give you the Who, Where, Why, and How of these wineries, as well as a few wine recommendations!
Here’s a quick list of the wineries we will be featuring (in no particular order)!
- Troon Vineyard, in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley
- Agricola Cirelli, in the southern part of Abruzzo Italy’s Teramo region
- Syncline Winery, on the Washington Side of the Columbia Gorge
- Domaine Bousquet, in Tupungato in Argentina’s Uco Valley
- Tablas Creek, in the Adelaida District AVA of Paso Robles
- Beckmen Vineyards, in Santa Barbara, with vineyards in Ballard Canyon and the Los Olivos District
- Wilridge, making wine and spirits in Washington’s Naches Heights AVA
- Hedges Family Estate, in Red Mountain, Washington
- Emidio Pepe, At the Northern Edge of Abruzzo in Italy
- Montinore Estate, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
- Beckham Estate, in the Willamette Valley’s Chehalem Mountain AVA
- Marcel Zanolari in Valtellina, Italy
Check back with us daily, from now through the 24th, for Articles and videos featuring each of these wineries!
Robin Renken is a wine writer and Certified Specialist of Wine and WSET 3 Certified. She and her husband Michael travel to wine regions interviewing vineyard owners and winemakers and learning the stories behind the glass.
When not traveling they indulge in cooking and pairing wines with food at home in Las Vegas.
Check out our book series, “Tempting Spoonfuls” available through Amazon!
Inspired by the flavors and aromas in wines, these books create “tempting spoonfuls” of flavors to pair with wines.
“Tempting Spoonfuls – Pairing single bites with glorious wines” – Our first book paired wines from boutique wineries on the west coast, in California, Oregon, and Washington, with delicious spoonfuls.
This book is 60 pages, 18 recipes, lots of beautiful photos, and insights into some fantastic small wineries!
“Tempting Spoonfuls – small bites paired with wines from around the Globe” – This book takes us around the globe to explore 12 wine regions, a wine from the region, and then gives you a recipe for a pairing!
A slightly larger book at 104 pages, this time you learn about pairing with a type of wine from a region. Rather than a specific bottle, you can look for a style of wine from a region and feel confident that it will go well with the recipe pairing we provide. We give you 12 recipes, each to pair with a wine.
The goal is to make your mouth water and encourage you to create your own “Tempting Spoonfuls.”