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Napa Valley solar wineries celebrate summer solstice

This summer solstice, wineries at the heart of the solar power trend in Napa Valley will celebrate the weekend of the year when the sun shines the longest with the second annual Solarbration wine tasting event to support the Land Trust of Napa County.

On Saturday, June 20, from 6-9 p.m., ten Napa Valley wineries at the forefront of solar energy and sustainable farming practices will host a solstice celebration at Napa Valley’s premier green luxury resort, Bardessono. Guests will be treated to exclusive wine tastings, live entertainment and sustainably grown gourmet cuisine compliments of Bardessono’s distinguished kitchen, while soaking in the sun and learning about solar energy. All proceeds will be donated to the Land Trust of Napa County, who will be present to answer questions about their land-saving work.

Solar wineries hosting the Solarbration tasting are Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Larkmead Vineyards, Longmeadow Ranch, Oakville Ranch Vineyards, Peju Winery, Saintsbury, Silverado Vineyards, Trefethen Family Vineyards and ZD Wines. The ten wineries, along with Bardessono, utilize a combined 1,387 kw of solar (1, 830, 000 kWh annually) on their properties that will spare the emission of nearly 28, 767, 600 pounds of CO2 over the next 30 years – equivalent to the carbon captured by 462.4 acres of forest – while saving nearly $220,000 annually in electricity costs.

Napa County as a whole tops the Northern California Solar Energy Association’s list of Bay Area counties with over 51 watts of photovoltaic power installed per capita – more than twice the amount of No. 2 Sonoma with 26 watts per capita. To date, more than 40 Napa County wineries utilize solar power.

by S. C.
03 june 2009, Food & Fun > Travel