Happy Monday, friends! How have you liked our week in Sonoma County? We’ve strolled in the culinary garden, discovered what makes a good wine, learned all about the relationship between best friends wine & food (not to mention this killer recipe), and dined in the vineyard.
With such an incredible trip, it’s hard to say we’ve saved the best for last, because, truthfully, it’s all been pretty remarkable. We did, however, save something noteworthy for last – environmental stewardship – and there is no one better to explain why sustainability is cooler than you might think than Kendall-Jackson’s Sustainability Project Manager, Julien Gervreau.
Julien and his team work to increase Kendall-Jackson’s environmental stewardship by reducing the negative impact they have on the earth. Making wine produces a lot of waste & is a stressful process on the vineyards. Did you know that it takes an average of one-third of a gallon of water to make a single glass of wine? That’s 37.5 ounces to make that after-work glass of wine you have been dreaming about.
Where does it all go? Well, that water is used to wash the wine barrels, water the grapes, help with the fermentation process, and in various other critical points of the process. Think about it – if you have four glasses of wine over the course of an evening that would take 3,150 ounces or 196 pounds of water.
Thanks to Julien & his team, they have reduced that number to single digits across many of the Kendall-Jackson wineries. The barrels get cleaned and the vineyards get watered, they are just more judicious with their use of water in the process. By utilizing processes like drip irrigation & a high-powered bacteria killing laser, they not only get the job done, but encourage better stewardship and cut their footprint across the board.
Something that you should have picked up on by now is that Kendall-Jackson takes a generational approach to winemaking. Their primary goal is to make sure they are taking care of their land and maintaining the health of their vineyards and farms for future generations. One of the perks of being a family owned & operated company is that Kendall-Jackson can make decisions based on the things that matter to their value system (sustainability, environmental impact, & stellar wine) as opposed to a market or investor agenda. That means they can do things like use green cleaning agents and work with Tesla. That’s right, Tesla. Julien and his team of environmental masterminds have worked with Tesla CEO Elon Musk to create (quite possibly) the world’s coolest battery. This advancement will help reduce environmental impact, put energy back into the grid, and have high yielding cost-saving affects – not just for businesses, but for residential homes as well.
So thanks to Julien and his team of rock stars, we now have more sustainably grown wine that uses less water (all you California readers can get behind that!), a super battery that could change the energy game, and a dedication to the earth to try to leave it better than we found it.
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