Most consumer decisions I make usually are loaded with a generous dollop of guilt - how sustainable is the product? Is it organic? Was it shipped here using petroleum? Was it manufactured in sweatshop conditions? Does it contain partially hydrogenated whatever? I have been increasingly guilty about my penchant for French wines. I love my Côtes du Rhônes and I trust the French agricultural tradition of no GMO's and traditional harvesting methods, less use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, etc. But with Napa and Sonoma situated in SF's backyard, I have become increasingly guilty every time I plop a bottle from France or Spain in my shopping cart. It seems silly after all. But even with this green craze we're experiencing, few wineries advertise themselves as organic. I found out recently that many California wines are organic, but because it's so costly to get the official seal of organic certification, the wineries just don't bother, which leaves the consumer to do his/her own research on the issue.
A coworker who used to be a wine seller showed me this blog posting on Green LA Girl's site, which lists a bunch of the organic and biodynamic California wines, their price ranges and what she thought of them. I think it's a helpful guide and it will relieve the guilt from my Trader Joe's runs, and add some excitement to my search for new local favorites!