Texas Wines are not for Greenling. At least not yet.
This has been rather heart-wrenching, and we get quite a few inquiries about Texas wines. But here’s the bottom line – It’s hard to grow wine grapes in Texas. Really hard. So you can pretty much assume if someone is creating wine from Texas grapes they dumped lots of chemicals on those grapes to get them to grow. And I’m not talking a little liquid Nitrogen to give them that growth-spurt in the spring. I’m talking boatloads of all sorts of chemicals to ward off diseases, fungi, bugs, etc. You name it and it probably likes to feast on the oh-so-delicate Vitis vinifera grapevines struggling for survival in Texas climates.
It’s not pretty. So, what’s a self-respecting, Sustainability-oriented company to do? Well, we carry Sustainable wines not from Texas and will wait for intervention for the poor Texas grapes. I hear that Becker vineyards is working on some wine from imported, organically grown, grapes. At least that would be locally produced. And our good friend, Scott Collier, at Rockroom wines has some incredible wines that are just waiting on Texas Distribution.
It was an incredibly tough choice to leave these off the menu. The best way to achieve the advancements to get to Sustainable Texas wines is to encourage and support Texas wines. But we just can’t support anything that damages the environment. We hope you understand. And if you know of any environmentally responsible Texas wine operations, please let us know!
When we introduced the Parducci Sustainable Red and White, sales shot up above any other wine and I wondered if there was a misconception about our wines. Every single one of them can be called ‘Sustainable,’ though they may have different approaches to the term. Here’s the skinny on just a few of our wine choices -
Bonterra - These guys were one of the first to get Organic certification for their wines. They’re a great $15 bottle that supports people who are committed to the Organic seal.
Chimango - From Argentina, this is one of the lowest priced certified Organic wines combining the seal with affordability. Pick up the Cab or Malbec Rose for only $8.99
Joseph Drouhin - This winery has been cultivated by the same family for over 130 years. Using biodynamic farming (some call it ‘beyond Organic’) the Drouhin family uses only natural products with the utmost respect for the soil, the vine, and the environment. Learn more about them here -http://www.drouhin.com/en/index.php
And many more! Great wines you can feel good about buying and drinking. I’ll talk about our beer selection next time. Add beer & wine to your order here (As usual, I’m sorry to report that TABC only lets us deliver alcohol in Travis County) -http://www.greenling.com/categories/35/products
And a quick side note on the TABC – It’s actually quite incredible that we’re able to deliver wine and beer at all! We’re very happy to have worked with TABC to ensure we have the right security measures in place and the right kind of permit. It actually took 18 months to work through all of this. One of the rules we just couldn’t work around was that we can only deliver within the county where we’re located. So, there you have it. We’ve thought about having satellite locations in surrounding counties so that we can deliver all over….but we’ll only go through this long, arduous process again if sales of these items really pick up. So, to all who don’t live in Travis county, encourage all of your Travis-county-living friends to order so we can justify expanding this option.