But we're not going to be doing what you think. We'll be imbibing sure, but drinking some wine and not... consuming something else. So get your mind out of the plant life and let's focus!
We just so happen to be doing a Tasting that falls on 4/20. But what we'll be celebrating is Earth Day, which is observed on Aprill 22nd every year.
While 420 dates back to 1971 in San Rafael, California and Earth Day back to 1970 that stemmed from an idea at a UNESCO Conference in San Fransisco, California in 1969, we're going to travel back in time just a little bit further than that. Like to the beginning. The literal Beginning.
Gaia. Goddess from Greek Myth. Ancestral mother of all Life, the personification of the Earth Herself and one of the primordial Greek deities. Our first wine will be from Greece and is an homage to the goddess. Gaia Monograph Assyrtiko. Assyrtiko is the official grape of Greece and indigenous to the volcanic island of Santorini. The Monograph, named in honor of Gaia the Greek Goddess of the Earth, was actually planted and grown on mainland Greece.
Next up is another national varietal; this time Austria's Gruner Veltliner. The Gruner we'll be enjoying is produced by Weingut Hopler. Continuing the Earth Day motif, where the Gaia Assyrtiko is an all-encompassing overview of the entire theme, the Hopler gets into protecting the planet. The entire Hopler line is Certified Organic, Biodynamic and Sustainable. They are also IFS Certified (The IFS Food Standard is a GFSI [Global Food Safety Initiative]), and as of the 2021 vintage all of their wines are Certified Vegan. Making and drinking wine to help save the world!
Also protecting the planet and the carbon footprint by practicing only natural and organic farming and viticulture practices is Winemaker Antonio Sanz and his three sons of Bodega Zorzal. This family of winemakers started the organic movement in the part of Spain where they live and grow and make wine and they believe in the ecosystem and practice all organics and biodynamics. They even cover their vines with the other natural plants that grow in their vineyard. On the label of this delectable rosé is a Zorzal bird, the one who swoops down and steals their grapes. Inside the bird, representing their composting practices, just for fun, is popcorn!
And lastly, we'll be enjoying 100% Sangiovese from Avignonesi with their Toscana Da Di Rosso Biologico. Like the two wines preceding this one, this Sangiovese is also Certified Organic. And like the Gaia from the beginning of the series, the label here also portrays a Buddah-esque cartoony catriacture of Gaia hugging the earth. Da Di is the Chinese word for 'earth, soil.' In essence, terroir. So between the name of the wine, the careful practices that go into making it, and Mother Earth on the label, we thought it a fitting conclusion to our Tasting.
Come hang out with us on April 20th from 5 til 7 and drink some really incredible wines that celebrate the planet. But what you imbibe before or after that is completely up to you.
See you there!
The Wine Shop Team