Area Wineries Mark Down to Earth Month

April is devoted to eco-nice to-dos around wine country.

IT'S NOT SPOILER... to say that Earth Day, and Earth Month, for that matter, impact people who work with and have frequent contact with the land in a rainbow of different and important ways. For while the April holiday has a particular meaning for many people, which heavy emphasis on recycling, reusing, and using less, those who grow things ponder a full spectrum of timely issues, with sustainable practices at the forefront. But just because people on the agricultural side of the fence have unique focuses doesn't mean that their sustainable-minded interests can't dovetail with the public at large. Look to the wineries of the Golden State as they mark "Down to Earth" month via a host of outdoor-nice, organic-tasty, earth-forward happenings.

APRIL + EARTH: The whole month celebration will pop up at vineyards from here to yonder. "Wineries across the state" will stage "sustainability focused festivities" to learn about California's wines eco-friendly practices and the people and places behind them," says a Wine Institute representative. This means vineyard walks, horseback rides, and days out with your dog, glass of vino in hand.

A FEW EARTH-NICE EXAMPLES? Mendocino County will stage a Party for the Planet week from April 18 through 24. Translation? Area wineries and hotels'll have specials, events, and more haps geared to the topics of earthly awareness. The Livermore wineries will mark the month on April 27 -- hello, tastings and such -- and Taste of Pismo the day before will shine a light on sustainable wines. Want the whole April-y rundown on this Wine Institute state-wide spectacular? Click here, globe-loving wine maven. And raise a glass to grapes grown with care, a little wisdom, and the knowledge that every day is, of course, Earth Day.

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