For Immediate Release
Contact: Bill Irving
Sokol Blosser Wine Club Shipments Become Carbon-Neutral
Local Winery Pairs with Greenshipping.com to Offset Wine Club Shipment Carbon
September 29, 2009 (DUNDEE, OR) – Sokol Blosser Winery has paired with Greenshipping.com to offset the carbon generated during shipping of wine to its wine club members.
Sokol Blosser Winery has been tracking carbon usage in all areas of business in response to Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Carbon-Neutral Challenge for Oregon Wineries & Vineyards since 2007. After realizing that four wine club shipments per year created a bigger carbon footprint and was an inefficient use of resources, it consolidated its wine club shipments to just two per year and began researching carbon offsets for the remainder of carbon used.
To accomplish carbon-neutrality for Sokol Blosser’s wine club, Greenshipping.com’s automated service analyzes each club member’s shipment and calculates the carbon generated by that shipment based on the weight, traveled distance, and mode of transportation. Greenshipping.com then purchases on behalf of Sokol Blosser an equal amount of carbon offsets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), one of the nation’s leading carbon offset providers. BEF is endorsed by several leading environmental organizations including The Natural Resources Defense Council. The carbon offsets purchased are focused on wind energy projects based in the United States.
Bill Irving of Green Shipping stated, “We are targeting the wine industry as a key market for our service. Many wineries are making great strides in making their operations more sustainable; however, in the past they have not had a good way to account for the carbon generated by their shipments. Greenshipping.com provides wineries an easy, inexpensive, and automated method for calculating and then offsetting carbon generated by their customer shipments. We are very proud to make our entrance into the wine industry with Sokol Blosser, a recognized leader in sustainability.”
“Full wine bottles in a cardboard shipper box are heavy and our typical wine club shipment weighs 18 pounds. We want to do the right thing for the environment and our customers by offsetting the carbon footprint of each of our wine shipments.” said Alison Sokol Blosser, second-generation winegrower and co-president of Sokol Blosser Winery with her brother Alex. “Working with Greenshipping.com made it so easy. Now we can focus on making world renowned wines in a sustainable manner and trust that our customers will receive them in a timely, safe and carbon-neutral method.”
Sokol Blosser Winery pursues environmentally friendly practices in all phases of its business, including farming their estate vineyards to USDA certified organic standards, using biodiesel in farm tractors, and purchasing unbleached paper products for labels and wine boxes. Sokol Blosser’s 25kW photovoltaic solar panel system provides for one third of the Winery’s energy needs, and their underground barrel cellar, built to U.S. Green Building Council standards, became the first winery building in the country to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
About Sokol Blosser Winery
The Sokol Blosser family planted their first grapevines in 1971 in the Dundee Hills and now farms over 85 certified organic acres. As one of the pioneering wineries of the region, Sokol Blosser has played a key role in developing and shaping the now-prominent Oregon wine industry. The winery works to create wines of world-class quality, produced in a sustainable manner, which reflect the distinctive flavors of the grapes, soil, and climate, as well as the winery's values and sense of place. The winery, which is wholly family owned and operated by the second generation, produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Evolution (a proprietary white wine blend of nine varieties) and Meditrina (proprietary red blend), along with small quantities of Single Block Pinot Noirs in selected vintages. Learn more at www.sokolblosser.com
Shipping generates over 10% of the world’s green house gas emissions. Greenshipping.com’s service allows businesses and individuals to ship in a carbon neutral manner by providing an accurate method to measure and offset the carbon footprint of their shipments. Greenshipping.com is a subsidiary of Green Ventures, Inc located in Hood River, OR. To sign up for your free account go to www.greenshipping.comor call 800.208.5776.