Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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.
Friday, August 20, 2010
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.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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.
Monday, July 19, 2010
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.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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
Monday, March 8, 2010
What you eat affects everything from your health to local water supplies. How green can you make your dinner plate? Does eating organically grown food reduce global warming? Which eco-labels are most meaningful? Take National Geographic's Organic Foodie Quiz and get to know your inner organic foodie.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It may be that golf's swing mantra -- keep your head down -- keeps players focused on birdies, not birds. But whether golfers notice or not, when the gallery along the ninth fairway at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City includes a dive-bombing kestrel and a redtail hawk, it's apparent that change is making the turn. Specifically, golf is getting greener. Across the United States, but especially in the Pacific Northwest and particularly in the Portland area, golf courses are adopting environmentally sustainable practices... The Portland group Salmon-Safe is developing its own checklist of measurable standards for golf courses. Meeting them would allow a course to boast that it's been certified as a place where the course management practices don't harm fish...