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Sustainability

Sustainable, Organic and/or Biodynamic

 “The best fertilizer is the farmer’s footstep” Ancient Wisdom   

The most important step of the wine making process happens long before the grapes arrive at the winery. Grapes that come from vines that are tended carefully where the grower is heavily invested in the varietal selection, planting, pruning, picking, making decisions about when and how much to harvest, tend to produce better tasting wine. Just as a talented chef can only create fine cuisine with quality ingredients, great wine can only be produced with top quality grapes.

It is our mission to find wine producers that focus on quality and produce authentic wines that are expressive of their terroir (specific place and micro-climate in which the grapes are grown). These producers must commit to responsible agriculture as well as working more naturally in the vineyard (organic and/or biodynamic when possible) and take a less interventionist approach in their winemaking process.

Common terms used to classify wines using natural techniques:

Sustainable / Responsible Agriculture

Many sustainable practices are in place in the wine industry on different scales. The main goal is to work in a way that maintains the quality of the vineyard thereby preserving the soil structure by minimizing chemical usage, reducing carbon footprint and the emission of greenhouse gas. Sustainable Certification can vary from state to region to country. California has two main sustainable certification associations: Sustainability In Practice (SIP) and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).

Organic

Wine made from grapes which excludes the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides.  The legal definition may vary from country to country. For example, in the United States, organic wines are regulated by the National Organic Program for the USDA. Other USDA accredited organic certifying agent include California Certified Organic Famers (CCOF).

Organic European wines are government by The Standing Committee on Organic Farming. Recent legislation changes have established that all wines labeled organic must be made from organic grapes and the whole wine making process must also be organic following the EU rules on organic farming standards. For example, sorbic acid and desulfurization will not be allowed and the level of sulfites in organic wine must be at least 30-50 mg per liter lower than their conventional equivalent (depending on the residual sugar content).

Sulfite Free

Sulfur dioxide is a natural bi-product of fermentation therefore all wine contains low level of sulfites.

The words “sulfite free” on a wine label indicates no additional sulfites have been added in the winemaking process.  Nearly all winemakers choose to add sulfites as an agent to protect the wine during stages where it may be exposed to damaging oxygen.  Just as fresh cut fruit is damaged by oxygen, wine also is susceptible. The important thing to remember is that winemakers always desire to minimize the use of sulfur. It is not something that contributes positively when used in excess.

Biodynamic

Biodynamic farming meets organic standards including the prohibition of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicide. There is an emphasis on of the farm being managed as a living organism to lessen the dependence on imported materials and pest control. For a vineyard to be considered certified biodynamic, the wine-grower must use all of the nine biodynamic preparations, as described by scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1924.  Much of the practices of biodynamic farming are based on ancient techiques including use of the lunar calendar.

Winemakers can use grapes from certified biodynamic vineyards and make wines that are not certified. However in order for certified grapes to result in certified wine, the entire winegrowing and winemaking process must be certified. Demeter is the certifying body for biodynamic products worldwide. In Europe the winegrowers are certified by Biodyvin, a French organization.

 

Recycling

Cork

Cork is a precious natural resource that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. It is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process. Cork trees are not cut down; rather the bark is hand harvested every 9 years. Plume Ridge Bottle Shop is working with Cork ReHarvest (link to http://www.corkforest.org/index.php) to support the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance CFCA to recycle corks. Corks collected are sent to centers in large batches to reduce transportation.  They are used to help create new products and jobs in the U.S. exclusively. Please be sure to give your filled cork recycling bag to our delivery person.

Glass

Weather through your nearest community recycling center or your voluntary city recycling program we strongly encourage you to recycle all wine bottles. Recycled glass is used to make many products.

Cardboard

Plume Ridge Bottle Shop delivery boxes, made from recycled paper, are re-useable. Please return them to our delivery person for packaging of a future order to you. Your delivery box may also be recycled at your nearest community recycling center or your voluntary city recycling program

Delivery

All of our local deliveries are done in a temperature controlled Mercedes-Benz Bluetec Sprinter Van, equipped with one of the world’s cleanest diesel engines with near zero emissions. The Sprinter Van complies with the strict emission limits of the EPA/CARB 2010 standards.

Community & Charity

Plume Ridge Bottle Shop strives to be involved with the community to charitable organizations. We like to support organizations that focus on the arts, children, and active lifestyle.

Plume Ridge Bottle Shop has supported events for organizations such as Claremont Folk Festival, San Marino Motor Classic, Claremont Education Foundation and Claremont Heritage.

In the past Plume Ridge Bottle Shop wass involved with The Claremont Club and their annual Art of Giving Event. This event raises thousands of dollars to the Living Well After Cancer Program that was started in 2005 to support cancer survivors and their families through membership at The Claremont Club.

Plume Ridge Bottle Shop is an active member of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.

 

Tasting & Events

Sunday- June 13& 14, 2015 San Marino Moto Classic @ Lacy Park benefiting Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, Peterson Automotive Museum and Rotary International.

Saturday- May 30, 2015 Folk Music Festival @Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden benefiting Folk Music Center, Museum, and Music Programs for students 10:00AM-9:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday-April 25, 2015 A Taste of Claremont @Claremont University Consortium 101 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA. 5:00-9:00PM

 

–Past Events–

Saturday- June 14, 2014 Claremont Heritage Gala Le Jardin des Arts @ Revelle House on Scripps Campus 5pm.

Sunday- June 8, 2014 San Marino Moto Classic @ Lacy Park benefiting Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, Peterson Automotive Museum and Rotary International.

Sunday- June 1, 2014 Mi Casa es Su Casa benefiting Claremont Education Fund

Saturday- May 31, 2014 Folk Music Festival @Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden benefiting Folk Music Center, Museum, and Music Programs for students 10:00AM-9:00PM

Saturday-April 12, 2014 A Taste of Claremont @Claremont University Consortium 101 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA. 5:00-9:00PM

Friday- March 14, 2014 Claremont Community Foundation (CCF) 25th Anniversary Party @ Padua Hills Theater 4467 Padua Avenue, Claremont, CA Enjoy a gourmet buffet of food and drinks from local purveyors. 7:00- 11:00pm

Saturday- September 14, 2013 Village Wine Walk 4-8pm @Multiple locations in the Claremont Village Click to to purchase tickets. The Bottle Shop will be at the following locations, check out live Twitter Feed @Prbottleshop for up to date wines being served.

Rio de Ojas 250 Harvard, Claremont, CA 91711 (SEC of Harvard and Bonita)

Colors 91711 248 Harvard, Claremont, CA 91711

Amelie 132 Yale Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Taylor, Simonson & Winter 144 N. Indian Hill, Claremont, CA 91711

Saturday-September 28, 2013 The Art of Giving Charity Event @ The Claremont Club 6-10pm. Gourmet Food, Wine Tasting, Music & Dancing, Live Auction and Raffles. This event benefits families with cancer. Please purchase your tickets at The Claremont Club.

Wednesday- June 5, 2013 Pop-Up Wine Tasting 6:30-8:30pm@ Chases’s La Verne. “American & French Wines” come for an afterwork wine tasting and hang out at a lovely patio with food accompaniment. RSVP early as spaces are limited.

Saturday-June 2, 2013 Mi Casa es Su Casa 5-8pm

Sunday June 9, 2013 San Marino Motor Classic

Sunday-May 5, 2013 Pop-Up Wine Tasting 5-7pm @ The Press Restaurant 129 Harvard Avenue, Claremont CA 91711. Come join us for “Sustainable & Organic Wine of Spring” With special Guest Arya Campbell of Tierra Divina Vineyards. This is a fun and social wine tasting, so bring a friend. RSVP early as spaces are limited.

Saturday-April 20, 2013 Taste of Claremont 5-8pm @ Claremont University Consortium 101 South Mills Avenue (First Street & Mills), Claremont, CA 91711. Join us and other local vendors at your annual Taste of Claremont by the Claremont Rotary. For tickets and information click here.

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Thursday- March 21, 2013 Claremont Young Professionals 5:30pm @ Rounds Premium Burgers Pop-Up Wine Tasting Event. Wine & Burgers.

December 3-31, 2012 All month long enjoy free local delivery on all orders with no minimum purchase. Enter “CHEERS” at check out

Thursday- September 27, 2012

Oktoberfest celebration in September. Please join Pr Bottleshop at a chamber networking tasting held at the Double Tree in Claremont. Beer and Wine tasting served with traditional Oktoberfest faire.

Location: Double Tree 555 West Foothill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday – September 15, 2012

Claremont Village Wine Walk. Over 40 Claremont Village business hosted wine and food tasting sites.

Pr Bottleshop will be pouring 4 amazing locations, check our Facebook page to get updates on which wines will be served:

Rio de Ojas 250 Harvard, Claremont, CA 91711 (SEC of Harvard and Bonita)

Amelie 132 Yale Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Maple Boutqiue 456 W. First Street, Claremont, CA 91711

Colors 91711 248 Harvard, Claremont, CA 91711

Time: 4-8pm

A portion of the proceeds benefits Pomona Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Shoes that Fit.

Saturday – July 28, 2012

The Claremont Club’s annual Art of Giving Event. This year will feature “Casino Night” where participants will enjoy fine food and wine along with casino games like poker and black jack at the Claremont Club’s elegant facility.