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'Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California'


The Wine Institute raised a toast this week to celebrate the release of a stunning new book: “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California.”

"California makes 90 percent of our nation's wine and is the fourth largest producer in the world, so the scale and scope of adoption of sustainable practices are tremendous across the state's wine regions," said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, Wine Institute President and CEO. "The stories of the vintners and growers depict the motivation and passion of our wine community in caring for people and the environment."

The book was written by Janet Fletcher with photos by George Rose.

Lush in photos and verse, the book profiles 15 vintners and growers – Navarro Vineyards and Winery, Philo; Clos LaChance Winery, San Martin,; Gallo Family Vineyards, Healdsburg and Modesto; Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, Sonoma; Etude Wines, Napa; Honig Vineyard and Winery, Rutherford; Wente Vineyards, Livermore; J. Lohr Vineyards &Wines, Paso Robles and San Jose; Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Ukiah; J Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg; Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville; Trinchero Family Estates, St. Helena; Delicato Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, Monterey Manteca; Ampelos Cellars, Lompoc; and LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards, Lodi – and others who are passionate about sustainable winegrowing.

The collection also includes seasonal recipes – open-faced avocado sandwiches with arugula pesto and crisp cucumber to grilled oysters with creamy chipotle sauce – that are crafted from ingredients that are fresh with the seasons.

The 256-page book is $40 and available for purchase at