Slow Wine Guide USA 2023
Slow Wine US is a new and revolutionary guide to the wines of California, Oregon, New York and Washington. Thanks to the help of a handful of expert contributors, we’ve selected the best wineries from each state and reviewed their most outstanding bottles. Each winery receives a review divided in three sections: the first one dedicated to the people who live and work at the winery, the second to the vineyards and the way they’re farmed, the third to the finest wines currently available on the market.
“The best resource I can recommend is the Slow Wine Guide, an annual publication that vets wineries for a range of ecological criteria. The guide recommends wineries that do not use chemically synthesized [herbicides] (like Roundup), and also checks for things like water use, sustainably constructed buildings and intervention during the winemaking process.”
Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle
“I am grateful for this resource that highlights organic farming practices and a commitment to growing and producing wine with integrity.”
Kelly Damewood, CEO of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
“The Slow Wine Guide is an excellent resource for discovering those winegrowers who have a true and deep commitment to their land, their people, their community, and our planet. They are aligned in their desire to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do, and to inspire others through their actions. Spottswoode is proud to be among those preserving the viability of our agriculturally based businesses in the face of climate change.”
Beth Novak Milliken, President and CEO, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
“Slow Wine Guide is for everyone who values sustainability, transparency, and diversity. It is the wine resource for our times.”
Susan R. Lin, MW
“At a time when climate change has never been more evident nor more threatening to winegrowers and winery owners globally, the Slow Wine community continues to expand as the guide further evolves in its mission for ‘good, clean and fair’ wines.”
Paul Vigna, Patriot News
About the Authors
As global wine editor for sister publications the SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel magazines, Deborah Parker Wong, DipWSET has been writing about the beverage alcohol industry for these and other outlets since 2004. In 2020 she was appointed National Editor, USA for the Slow Wine guide. She teaches as an associate instructor in the Wine Studies departments at Santa Rosa Junior College and Cabrillo College and owns a Wine & Spirit Education Trust school offering Level 2 and Level 3 certifications. In addition to writing and speaking about wine, she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology at California State University, Fresno. Her motto is: To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach. A partial archive of her published work can be found at www.deborahparkerwong.com.
Pam Strayer is a journalist who specialized in health, science and the environment for 30+ years, before expanding into wine journalism as well in 2010. In wine, her focus is organic and biodynamic producers as well as general eco-wine topics. She has studied wine at U.C. Berkeley (where she earned a certificate), U.C. Davis, and the North American Sommelier Association. The author of 5 published wine apps, she was the conference program director for the International Biodynamic Wine Conference in San Francisco held in 2018 and more recently consulted to Vivino on organic and biodynamic wines. Her writings appear in Pix, Santé, Daily Seven Fifty and Wine Business and more. She has given guest lectures at Santa Rosa Community College, and for community groups in Sonoma and Napa, as well as for Women of the Vine & Spirits, the OIV Wine Marketing Program at U.C. Davis and Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute. She is a guest at international conferences on wine and the environment. Her articles are available at https: //winecountrygeographic.com.
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