People have a great passion for wine. They read, study, share and invest a lot of money in the right wine. What many times gets lost is vineyards can have a harsh impact on our environment. Or, conversely, they can lead us into a sustainable future. As does today’s guest, Kim Stare Wallace, President of Dry Creek Vineyard.
Kim, her husband, Don and the entire Dry Creek team love what they do and, as important, why they do it. Building on a legacy built by Kim’s dad, who was a graduate of MIT before embarking on building a great winery, they cultivate grapes for a great product while cultivating a pristine, protected 185 acres of natural beauty.
How do they balance production with environmental protection? Well, that goes to the heart of this interview. Among the things we discuss are their restoration of soil, a three-pronged approach to managing the site, based on social and economic equity principles, and lasting innovation around the use of water, chemicals and other resources. That has led to better labeling, habitat for pollinators, rainwater capture and reuse, and joint work with local government to protect Dry Creek River.
Kim and her family are fully invested in preserving and growing, for generations, their community. They give back by sharing their expertise with other vineyards. They educate customers on labeling and recycling packaging and bottles. They have car charging stations on site. They use solar for generating power. Their lighting is LED. By all standards, they are true leaders committed to moving an industry to a future in which customers can enjoy great wines with organic love put into the process.
After listening to this segment, stop by and see the team in Dry Creek. Tell them RNN send you for a sample of their great wine.