It’s Christmas in five days and we haven’t bought any wrapping paper! We also haven’t over shopped. It feels great. Sure there has been waste. We didn’t always bring our own bags when shopping so we ended up taking some plastic ones. A few presents we bought were packaged in non-recyclable plastic and even made of plastic. Luckily they were only a few of the presents we bought. Mostly we stick to gift cards and wine… you know the classics!
I made a decision a few years ago to only buy BC VQA wine. No need to support other wine regions when we make some really delicious local wines. VQA: VQA=100% BC – All British Columbia wines bearing the VQA symbol must be made from 100% BC grown grapes. The wines are screened by a professional tasting panel and wines found faulty cannot be sold as VQA wines. – winebc.com. There are lots of wines out there that say they are bottled in BC but be careful because if they are not VQA chances are the grapes are from Mexico or California. Supporting BC grape growers and wineries makes a lot of sense. As a proponent for local eating it follows that I would continue my support for local drinking! I even found a BC VQA Organic Winery. I thought there were no organic wineries in BC (obviously I never googled it) so there was always a conflict between organic vs. VQA. Now the problem is almost solved. The winery I found was Summerhill Pyramid Winery, http://www.summerhill.bc.ca/.Organic wine is still a bit too pricey for me but maybe I can give it occasionally as presents and drink it on special occasions. Right now I’m a fan of Jackson Triggs Sauvignon Blanc from the Black Reserve. It’s not Organic but it’s VQA from the Okanogan Valley. Supporting local agriculture is a good thing. I used to think I was a Chardonnay gal but I might have changed my tune!
What’s your favourite wine?