Grape growing and wine making isn’t what is used to be. Sustainability is on the rise in every wine region in the world. Implementing sustainable farming practices wherever practical include recycling water with water reclamation ponds, using solar power, composting instead of fertilizing, recycling corks and on and on. California’s Mendocino County is best known for the highest percentage of organic and biodynamic vineyards anywhere in California, and has been pioneer in the practice. Established in 1932, Parducci Wine Cellars is Mendocino County’s oldest winery, and is now also its greenest. As the first carbon neutral winery in the country, Parducci Wine Cellars today continues a dedication to environmentally sound practices with a commitment to minimizing their impact on the environment. Winemaker Bob Swain’s talent and dedication to excellence are reflected in the countless awards and accolades Parducci wines have won since his arrival. His Chardonnay for example, loaded with fresh green apple and citrus, was named one of Wine Spectator’s Best Values. His Pinot Noir also is an industry staple, delivering flavors of strawberry and raspberry with elegance rarely found at this price point. Mendocino is known for it’s Petite Sirah, and it’s no surprise Parducci was one of the pioneers first to bottle one, and today still bottles one of the best. Once considered a trend, “going green” seems poised to become an industry standard, and Parducci is clearly ahead of the game in every aspect.