2010 Estancia Monterey County Pinot Noir and 2010 Monterey County Estancia Chardonnay ($12, $16)
Estancia Estates is one winery dedicated to renewable energy. Located in Monterey County in California, Estancia Estates (owned by Constellation Wines) installed solar panels and began using renewable energy in 2010. Through Estancia’s solar project, the winery has drastically reduced its carbon footprint while continuing to make the high-quality, affordable wines it is known for. The solar project, which generates 75 percent of the winery’s energy, keeps 1,492,335 pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air every year. That is the annual equivalent of taking 237 vehicles off the road, planting 27,000 trees or 248 acres of forest, powering 164 homes, and not driving 2.6 million miles.
In addition to being sustainably responsible, Estancia’s Monterey County Chardonnay and Monterey County Pinot Noir are perfect wines to celebrate planet Earth. The chardonnay’s notes of lush tropical fruit, vanilla custard, and apple pie and the pinot noir’s luscious berry flavors make them the ideal wines to enjoy on Earth Day.