by admin on February 22, 2012

We happened across a story that had three elements of interest to us. We like wine, we’re fascinated by meteorites, and of course, we’re all about gold.

Tremonte Vineyard in Chile has launched a Cabernet Sauvignon called Meteorito. The grapes are fermented for twelve months in a barrel which contains a meteorite. “When you drink this wine, you are drinking elements from the birth of the solar system” says owner Ian Hutcheon.

So far, so good, right? A small detail caught our attention. This vineyard is located on the site of an abandoned gold mine. Gold mines are frequently contaminated by cyanide or mercury, which are used to leach gold from rock

Enter Dr. Chris Anderson, of New Zealand, who is experimenting with a procedure called phyto-reclamation. This is a process which employs plants to soak up contaminants from soil at gold-mining sites. Some plants can accumulate abnormally high concentrations of metal, including gold and mercury.

We don’t know, but can’t help wondering, whether grape vines have this ability. If so, is the mercury making its way into the wine? Intrigued as we are by this wine, it won’t be making its way into our cellar any time soon.


Kind Libations: Vodka

by admin on November 23, 2011

Specialty cocktails are a popular way to kick off the wedding celebration and vodka works great with fruity, savory or spicy concoctions. If you are creating an eco-friendly event, consider serving an organic vodka that will not only taste yummy but signal guests to have a great time and minimize impact to the planet.  We discovered these three organic vodka companies and a signature wedding cocktail recipe from each:

Kanon Organic

Swedish born, organic, sustainable and totally hip, Kanon vodka brand is primarily available in New York City. Buy online at Astor Wines.

Earth Day

2 parts Kanon
½ part fresh organic lime juice
½ part Agave
3 organic Strawberries

Muddle strawberries in the bottom of a shaker, add all other ingredients, shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.


Rain Organics

Made from 100% organic white corn, Rain offers flavors like lavender lemonade and honey mango melon. Yum! Find Rain Vodka in your area.

Rain Plantation Tour

2 oz. Rain Organics Red Grape Hibiscus Vodka
1 oz. Red Zinfandel
3 oz. Lemonade
1 oz. White Peach Puree

2 oz. Ginger Ale

In a shaker, add Rain Organics Red Grape Hibiscus Vodka, Red Zinfandel, lemonade and white peach puree. Shake and pour into pint glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale.

Ocean Organic

Certified 100% USDA organic, Ocean is the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugar cane, making it naturally gluten free. Store locator


Citrus Guava Martini

1-1/2 oz OCEAN vodka
1/2 oz fresh lemonade
splash guava nectar

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and bruise.
Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon.



Kind Libations: Red Wine

November 2, 2011

Tweet If you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, offering a red wine on the bar will appeal to a wide range of guests.  And choosing an organic red wine will make a statement about your passion for reducing planetary impact. Many people believe that red wine is beneficial to their health and offering [...]

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Kind Libations: Champagne

October 26, 2011

Tweet Planning a champagne toast at your wedding? Or simply seeking an organic variety to serve on the bar.  Choosing organic is eco-friendly and let guests in on your passion for minimizing harm to the earth. And inviting guests to enjoy a champagne or sparkling wine made from sustainably farmed grapes, without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or insecticides, is [...]

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Finding KIND Chocolate Wedding Favors

October 17, 2011

Tweet Learn about chocolate on Once you know that most chocolate sold in the U.S. comes from cocoa farms where people work in unsafe conditions, receive below poverty wages, and child workers are enslaved and denied education, chocolate wedding favors become hard to swallow. The good news is that couples are beginning to question [...]

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Eco-Friendly Gifts for your Wedding Party – Girls

August 31, 2011

Tweet The ladies by your side throughout the wedding planning process and on that very special day are not only your best friends, they are sometimes called your bridesmaids.  And there is no better time to say thank you than during those precious moments leading up to the wedding.  And for earth-minded couples the recycled [...]

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Eco-Friendly Gifts for your Wedding Party – Guys

August 25, 2011

Tweet Your groomsmen are there to support you on the big day and it’s nice to say thank you with a personal gift. And while the stereotypical, engraved flask may not be on your shopping list, there is no need to worry. You can set your imagination free and buy something uniquely suited to each [...]

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Wedding Flower Alternatives

August 17, 2011

Tweet Flowers have been used in weddings for centuries.  In ancient times the bride carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to keep evil spirits away. Ancient Greeks made a crown of flowers that were considered a gift from nature for the bride to wear. And some say that during medieval times aromatic blooms [...]

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Gowns

August 10, 2011

Tweet Whether your vision for wedding day fashion is a gorgeous gown or a stunning suit we have great news for you. You can find bridal attire that is also kind to the planet! Every day we are excited to learn that more and more clothing designers are dedicated to working with eco-friendly fabrics. And we found several companies online that focus [...]

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Green Venue Spotlight: Irvine Nature Center

August 3, 2011

Tweet If you have already vowed to marry green, then a wedding location like Irvine Nature Center is the perfect choice for your eco-celebration.  What a combination:  breathtaking views of the Caves Valley in Maryland, a green-certified building and sustainable event details.  Irvine Nature Center is a leading environmental education center located just northwest of [...]

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