Today I want to take a moment to consider the impact wine making has not just on our lives, but also on the world around us. It can be a very intensive type of farming, with many producers using fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and significant amounts of carbon-based fuels during production, just to name the biggest factors.
One aspect of farming that is often over-looked is the use of water. While we are all in a tizzy when it comes to fossil fuels and chemical additives used in farming, we often forget to examine the use of life's most basic requirement: water.
I'm not going to belabor the point, water is a limited resource that is renewable to a certain extent, but our agricultural system is exploiting this resource faster than our aquifers can be refilled. So what should we do about it? There's a lot we can do, but one thing we can do today, right now, is drink a bottle of wine made from dry farmed grapes. Here are five of my favorites!
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