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Salmon-free wines

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 22, 2009

Nope. Doesn’t mean your wine is free of fish – (mmm… like so many wines are inclined to be…)

“It means that essentially, Salmon-Safe wine growing is an effort to help preserve and sustain Northwest salmon habitats by requiring that vintners commit to not polluting the groundwater and surface water that may flow from vineyards into the streams and rivers where salmon live and spawn. Each vineyard must meet a rigorous set of guidelines specific to efficient irrigation and water conservation measures, erosion control, integrated pest management, and native vegetation and habitat management.”

I’m a serious fan of Washington’s boutique wineries and this is good news! Check out a great article “Tasting Notes: Salmon-Safe Wine”
by the lovely Shannon Borg in Seattle Magazine by clicking the link above.

Also note a program in Oregon at http://www.salmonsafe.org/about/index.cfm

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