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SHFT Natural Wine Tasting

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Organic food and sustainable wines at the pop up gallery/shop

Our first pop-up gallery and shop, which comes to a close this week, wound down with a small wine tasting by wine expert Jeffrey Meisel, who educated folks about natural, organic and bio-dynamic practices and brought an amazing and interesting sampling for us. Organic chef and cook-book author Anna Getty made crustinis with home made sun dried tomatoes on organic goat cheese; and Staci......read more

Rethinking Winery Wastewater

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California wineries are going green. But what to do with all that wastewater?

The sustainability movement has taken hold in California wine country, where environmentally friendly winegrowing practices are slowly becoming the rule rather than the exception. There's even a green certification system. But in one area -- wastewater -- there's plenty of work to be done. On average, wineries create 6 gallons of wastewater for every gallon of wine, a fact that explodes......read more

Notes From the International Gourmet Festival

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SHFT House Wines launched in Portuguese paradise

Adrian and Peter brought SHFT House Wine to this year's International Gourmet Festival, featuring Michelin-starred chefs from around the world, was held at the Vila Joya resort in Portugal's spectacular Algarve region. In other words, the perfect place to launch the first of our sustainable House Wines, a big, bold red crafted at an organic vineyard in Paso Robles,......read more

How Climate Change Will Transform Winemaking

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Global grape-growing regions will shift dramatically over the coming decades, according to study

If you like wines from Washington state, get ready for some good news. According to a study led by Conservation International biologist Lee Hannah, rising temperatures associated with climate change will dramatically expand the vineyard-friendly space in the Pacific Northwest over the coming decades. (Unfortunately, that expansion will come at the expense of wildlife habitat.) Californian......read more

How Climate Change Will Make the Global Wine Shortage Worse

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Volatile temperatures don't bode well for worldwide deficit, report warns

Say it ain't so! A Morgan Stanley study warns that the world is facing a wine shortage, with global consumer demand already significantly outstripping supply. A 5 percent decline in production in 2012 is blamed for "the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records" (about 300 million cases).  The drop in production is largely attributable to unstable temperatures in western Europe and......read more

I'll Have the Biodynamic Red

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It's time to get in touch with your inner hippie

Gitanjali Roche for The Huffington Post: Eco-friendly, organic, unfiltered, without sulfites....also known as 'hippie wines.' Some psychedelic things have been happening in the wine-realm over the past few years, and it would be easy to dismiss them as another new-age trend that won't last long. However, we common folk who aren't wine experts or sommeliers shouldn't be so quick to dismiss them......read more

Australian Winemakers Respond to Changing Climate

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As the country's traditional wine-growing regions grow hotter and drier, winemakers are flocking to Tasmania

(Reuters) - Young Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer's winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley - the hot, dry region that is home to the country's world-famous big, brassy shiraz. Trampling over the family's century-old grape-growing roots on the Australian mainland, Glaetzer headed south to the island state of Tasmania to strike out on his own and prove......read more

SHFT's Sundance Dinner Party

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Uncorking SHFT House Wines at in Park City

We closed down this year's Sundance Film Fest with a bang, at a SHFT dinner held at Fiore in Park City. Presented with Ford and W Hollywood, the event was hosted by Adrian and Peter, who uncorked (more than) a few bottles of our newly launched House Red, an organic Rhone Blend from Paso Robles, California. The dinner itself was a smash, with phenomenal food plated by the culinary......read more

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