Sonoma wineries seeking sustainability certs

April 11, 2015 12:06 PM

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Visitors can sip a portfolio of zinfandels at Ridge Vineyards' tasting room constructed from straw bales and mud, or recharge an electric car at Inman Family Wines. Chefs walk the talk when it comes to farm-to-table mantras. Quietly humming in the background of this green movement are the grapes.

In 2014, the Sonoma County Winegrowers introduced a mandate that all commercial growers be 100 percent sustainable by 2019. That meant a rigorous self-assessment and third party certification program focused on 138 farming and business practices, such as land use, canopy management, energy efficienc...

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