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Thursday, November 4, 2010

The American Way

Fork Magazine

English wine writer Fiona Beckett packs her bags for an American adventure in tasting wines across Oregon and Washington. One discovery she makes is just how green the Northwest wine region has become. Fiona takes note of " ...the imaginative Salmon-Safe, a conservation programme in which the wine industry is involved to protect the native wild salmon."  Download the article.


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Monday, October 4, 2010

WSU Vancouver campus earns Salmon-Safe certification

The Columbian

89Don’t expect to see a salmon on the university campus in Salmon Creek. Located on a former cattle pasture on an eastward-facing slope, most of Washington State University Vancouver’s 351-acre campus is situated well above the meandering course of Salmon Creek and its tributary of Mill Creek. Yet, the campus recently earned distinction as a bona fide salmon-safe environment...  


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oregon's food-friendly pinot gris

Washington Post

Many Oregon winemakers will tell you their pinot noir is the best wine to pair with salmon. And they are not alone in that contention. Serving pinot noir with salmon has almost become gospel, one of those "but of course!" matches that brook no debate, such as cabernet with steak... Oregon today leads the nation in certifying vineyards for environmentally friendly farming practices. An umbrella certification, Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine, encompasses organic and biodynamic certifications, as well as Low Input Viticulture & Enology (LIVE) and Salmon Safe certification.


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Salmon-Safe Wines Catching on in the Northwest

KNDO/KNDU TV Tri-Cities, Yakima

You may have seen the words "Salmon Safe" on the wine list at your favorite restaurant. It's an earth-friendly practice that seems to be catching on in the Northwest and the Walla Walla Valley. According to the Salmon-Safe website, it says it "helps vineyards protect and restore salmon habitat by planting trees on streams, growing cover crops to control run-off, and apply natural methods to control weeds and pests." In Walla Walla, some growers have started Vinea, a trust of growers using salmon safe and sustainable practices.


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How Wine Can Save Salmon

Change.org

Uncorking a bottle of wine can elicit merriment, boost heart health, and even relieve stress. But one program brings another benefit to pouring a glass of vino — helping out struggling salmon populations. The Salmon-Safe certification program is taking off in America's Northwest and the Walla Walla Valley, regions famous for their cool-climate grape varietals like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. More than 220 vineyards in Oregon and Washington earned Salmon-Safe certification so far, and the interest continues to grow as fast as the grapes themselves.


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Monday, July 19, 2010

BeerTap TV takes on Salmon-Safe hops

BeerTapTV

Fresh from internet TV's BeerTap comes the most hilarious take yet on Salmon-Safe certification and what it means. BeerTap reviews Green Lakes Organic Ale from the Deschutes Brewery, the first beer sourced from Salmon-Safe hops grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Here at Salmon-Safe, our mantra is "Drink like a fish. Salmon need clean water and so do you." Here's the link to watch it.


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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunset's tips to sustain salmon: look for the Salmon-Safe label

Sunset Magazine

In its latest issue, Sunset Magazine offers seven tips to sustain salmon, alongside secret tips from top Seattle chefs for preparing wild Alaska salmon. Here's Sunset's list.

  • 1. Eat all five species of salmon (find out more from Sunset).
  • 2. Buy frozen or locally caught in season—they often have a smaller carbon footprint than fresh, shipped fish.
  • 3. Choose wild, especially from Alaska, over farmed. Alaska has the healthiest salmon habitat.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chateau Ste. Michelle achieves Salmon-Safe certification for vast Columbia Basin acreage

Wines & Vines Magazine

Reducing carbon emissions, improving vineyard practices, reviewing water use—these are just some of the achievements and ambitions of Northwest wineries in 2010… One of the biggest moves came this week, with Chateau Ste. Michelle's announcement that its prize Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge vineyards had obtained certification through the Salmon-Safe Inc. and Low-Input Viticulture and Enology Inc. certification programs. Together, the two vineyards represent 1,368 acres of Columbia Valley vineyards—more than one-third of the winery's acreage in the state. "Those sites are much larger than our typical Willamette Valley vineyard site, which tends to be 50 acres or so,” Dan Kent, managing director of Portland-based Salmon-Safe Inc., told Wines & Vines. While the organization is no stranger to Washington state, it’s primarily been active in the Walla Walla Valley... Read the article.


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Indie Hops puts new plant to work with tip toward craft brewers

The Oregonian

Indie Hops' shiny new $2 million hop-pelletizing plant in Hubbard is the most tangible evidence of CEO Jim Solberg's belief that it's time for the American craft brewers to move out of the shadow of the giants... It's also partnered with two prominent Oregon growers, Goschie Farms and Coleman Farms, which supply Indie Hops with certified Salmon-Safe, sustainably grown hops and -- beginning with the 2012 harvest of 20 acres at Goschie's -- certified organic hops. Hops are prey to an array of pests and blights, and growing them organically is hard work indeed. Read the story...


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Decoding 17 Leading Eco-Labels

Mother Earth News

Consumers who need guidance deciphering all the seals, certifications, and claims on food packaging can find some answers in Mother Earth Network's Food Label Guide. The guide notes that Salmon-Safe farms keep rivers clean for native salmon to thrive through practices such as limiting pesticides and that certification is backed by a third-party audit... Read the article


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