Foodie Dream Prize

ConsciousWine gives away an all-organic eco-foodie dream trip for two to Oregon Wine Country

 
On March 31st, ConsciousWine, America’s greenest online wine shop, will hold a Facebook Livestream drawing to win an eco-foodie’s dream trip for two to Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region this May. Residents of the continental United States can enter to win for free through March 30th at ConsciousWine.com/contest.
 
Jeff Weissler, better known to his fans as “The ConsciousWine Guy”, will personally take the lucky winners on guided tastings and tours of some of the top organic and biodynamic wineries, restaurants, and farms in the verdant viticultural region. The trip includes rare opportunities to share one-on-one time with some of the leading winemakers, chefs and farmers at the forefront of Oregon’s emerging eco-culinary scene. Weissler will give winners a first-hand look at on-the-ground practices that set the green food and wine scene apart from its “conventional” counterparts.
 
Three night stay at the Youngberg Hill Inn
 
The whirlwind tour, valued at $2,750, includes a 3-night stay in a queen suite at the luxurious Youngberg Hill Inn. Set on a 50-acre hilltop overlooking the estate’s 22-year-old organic vineyard, the inn offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the lush Willamette Valley beyond. Best known for its Pinot Noirs, Youngberg Hill’s operation has been organic since 2003. The family estate is certified sustainable by LIVE and certified Salmon Safe.
 
Wining and dining the Willamette
 
In addition to tasting some of the Willamette’s finest green wines, the winners of the ConsciousWine contest will also experience a culinary tour de force of organic Oregon fare.
 
Day one includes a private, multi-course demonstration dinner prepared by Red Hills Market, using their mobile wood-fired brick oven. The dinner will be paired with Youngberg Hill’s award winning wines made from 100% organically grown grapes.
 
Day two features a family-style 8-course feast at Thistle paired with wines from the Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyards of Dominio IV. The intimate 20-seat gourmet eatery in McMinnville has earned Chef Eric Bechard and co-owner Emily Howard a well-deserved reputation for working hand-in-hand with local vintners, farmers and fisherman to source the finest, freshest local ingredients available.
 
Day three finishes out the trip with a 3-course cooking class at the Wine Country Cooking Studio with Chef Wendy Bennett, featuring the biodynamic wines of the eco-conscious Brooks Estate.
 
Winners will also enjoy tastings and tours at Lūmos Wine Company, Dominio IV, Archery Summit, de Lancellotti Family Vineyards, Briar Rose Creamery and the Oregon Olive Mill and other surprises.
 
For more information, please visit: http://consciouswine.com/contest
 
More about ConsciousWine
 
Hosted by Jeff Weissler, ConsciousWine is an innovate new way for green-minded consumers to learn about and shop for fine wines that are good for both palate and planet. Fine wine lovers searching for something more sustainable to sip on will find a new one-stop shop at ConsciousWine.com.
 
Earth-conscious West Coast producers including Ambyth, Brooks, Cowhorn, Dominio IV, Lumos, Michel-Schlumberger and Youngberg Hill are among the first wineries to set up shop on the new site devoted exclusively to estates that perform as well on the ground as they do in the glass.
 
To make the grade, vintners are required to create vital, great-tasting wines from sustainably-farmed, organically-grown grapes, and engage in one or more of ConsciousWine’s 12 Practices, ranging from biodiversity to water conservation to good worker policies to family farming. The comprehensive green goals are designed to showcase the best in class of the emerging holistic wine market.
 
Wineries are invited to set up shop on ConsciousWine.com only after Jeff Weissler, the company’s affable online wine steward whose mug makes up its logo, has personally tasted their wines and walked the estate with the vintner to verify performance on ConsciousWine’s 4 Principles and one or more of its 12 Practices.
 
The shop on ConsciousWine specializes in showcasing hard-to-find limited-production fine wines, while Weissler’s blogs, podcasts and webisodes educate consumers about on-the-ground practices underlying an emerging new class of Earth-conscious estate wines, many of which are difficult, if not impossible, to find on store shelves beyond their bioregion.
 
At a minimum, ConsciousWine customers are guaranteed that all wines available for sale in its shops are from estates that farm exclusively with OMRI-approved products. Many go much further and carry Demeter’s Biodynamic® brand which represents some of the most rigorous and respected sustainability standards in the field.
 
Winery-direct volume discounts
 
In a major innovation for the direct-to-consumer U.S. wine market, customers can shop the site’s growing library of fine green wines, buy directly from multiple wineries in a single order, and receive volume discounts comparable to incentives traditionally offered in estate tasting rooms and retail stores. When buying multiple bottles from a single winery, savings range from 5 percent for 6 bottles to 10 percent for a 12-bottle case.
 
$2 per bottle winery-direct shipping
 
ConsciousWine’s standard “2-buck-a-bottle” winery-direct shipping for customers in the continental U.S. brings down a long-standing price barrier to buying wine online. Wine lovers have historically had to pay a hefty premium in the form of high shipping fees that often drove the final cost per bottle beyond the price point that much of the market was willing to pay.
 
Winery-direct shipping also offers the added value of significantly reducing the carbon footprint for door-to-door delivery of fine wine. At the same time, it allows quality-conscious winemakers the opportunity to closely watch the national forecast and ship during optimal weather windows in milder shoulder seasons, a best practice that helps protect fine wine from extreme temperatures in transit.
 
ConsciousWine also offers expedited shipping through an in-house telephone concierge service reminiscent of Old World-style wine shops that thrived before big box stores and broadband internet became the new Main Street USA.
 
4% to charity
 
Philanthropy is at the heart of ConsciousWine’s business model. Four percent of all sales are set aside to fund a generous giving program where the company’s community of customers decide how donations are disbursed.
 
Customers can choose between organizations such as Demeter, The Cornucopia Institute, Habitat for Humanity, San Francisco Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Lions Club International Foundation, and The Pachamama Alliance among others. They can also recommend to have their favorite non-profit groups and community organizations added to the list of choices.
 
In-depth data
 
With no legal definition of sustainability, and more certification systems than a connoisseur can keep track of, ConsciousWine aims to help confused consumers make sense of what green wine really means, both on the ground and in the glass.
 
The website offers a directory, videos, podcasts, and a blog featuring extensive one-on-one winemaker interviews with the brand’s insatiably curious frontman Jeff Weissler, better known to his growing fanbase as “The ConsciousWine Guy.” Weissler’s educational editorial features multimedia field reports that give wine buyers a first-hand look behind the labels at leading holistic estates.
 
“Conscious consumers demand to know where their food and wine comes from and how it was produced,” shares Jeff Weissler, co-founder of ConsciousWine. “With a video camera, audio recorder and notebook in hand, I take wine lovers on extensive virtual tours of featured estates, introduce them to the winemakers, and let them see with their own eyes that wines available in our shop live up to our name. I’m staking my name, and face, on it.”
 
Green wine growth
 
The market has spoken, and Earth-conscious wines are on the ascendency. During the last decade sales of certified-organic wine in the U.S. more than doubled. A 2009 survey of more than 1,600 professional chefs by the American Culinary Federation included organic wine in the top 20 culinary trends. In another trend that defied the economic downturn overall U.S. wine consumption has been growing steadily and last year surpassed France for the first time in history.
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