TasteLive! Tuesday: Rodney Strong

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Join us and the other panelists of TasteLive! as we toast to a Bright Idea: Wining, Dining and Spooning with Rodney Strong to help recognize the winery’s Green Light Pledge.

The Green Light Pledge, launched in March to inspire folks to switch out incandescent light bulbs and save energy, gave away energy-efficient CFL light bulbs to anyone who pledged to replace a standard incandescent bulb with a CLF. It was so successful, that Rodney Strong has already exhausted its supply of bulbs. So plenty of folks can celebrate Earth Day on April 22, with their new bulbs! This year, the winery partnered with ClimateSmart, a non-profit organization created by the Public Utility District and funded by PG&E that helps balance out home and business green house gas (GHG) emissions through environmental conservation, restoration and protection projects in California.

Here are some facts about CFL:

• Compact fluorescents emit the same light as classic incandescents but use 75% or 80% less electricity, and last up to 10 times longer.
• If every household in Sonoma County replaced just one bulb, it would save nearly 124 million pounds of CO2 per year.
• If every household in California replaced just one bulb, it would save over 8 billion pounds of CO2 from being released.
• And if every household in the country swapped just one ordinary bulb for an energy-efficient bulb, it would save nearly 77 billion lbs of CO2 from being released.

“As a family owned winery with California farming roots dating back four generations, sustainability has always been an important part of our values and how we chose to do business,” says spokesman Robert Larsen. “After evaluating our vineyards, winery and company operations, we discovered dozens of ways – both large and small – we could modify our actions to benefit the environment.”

Tasting Room and Roof photos by Rodney Strong Vineyards

One step was to install a solar electric system on top of Rodney Strong Vineyard’s barrel warehouse in 2003. The system generates enough energy to power 800 homes and reduces our dependence on the power grid by 35%. In addition, they added a custom lighting system that uses motion sensors and energy-efficient light fixtures to reduce energy use, minimize heat output in climate sensitive locations and optimize light quality. In 2009, Rodney Strong Vineyards became Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery!

To help celebrate, we will be sampling the sustainably farmed wines of Rodney Strong Vineyards and joining the folks virtually who will be pairing appetizers at H2Hotel’s Spoonbar, located in Healdsburg, California. One of the world’s top eco-chic wine country destinations, Spoonbar will be home base for the event.

Join us beginning at 8:00 p.m. Central (6 p.m. Pacific) as we taste and tweet about these Rodney Strong wines:

– 2009 Charlotte’s Home Estate Sauvignon Blanc

- 2009 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

- 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir

- 2007 Symmetry

We hope to have some of our favorite Urban Wineauxs join us as well. Stay tuned for pictures and tasting notes from this great event!

Cheers!

The WineWonkette

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events.