TASTE Spring 2023


the winery also actively looks to consider people by making their vineyards a safe, rewarding environment to work in as well as “generational farming”—identified as viable farming for 100 years. All of this is made possible through a self-imposed grape tax used to fund sustainability- focused research and education. Prairie Organic Spirits Spirit producers also appreciate the need to move towards more sustainable practices. In the case of Prairie Organic Spirits, this means building a business around 100 percent USDA certified organic corn. The company explains that their Midwest-based farmers may spend up to three times the amount of time in the field compared to conventional farmers, but that’s the dedication required to cut out synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Beyond the field, the company is committed to “zero waste distilling” using 100 percent renewable energy and providing spent grains to nearby farms to feed animals. Flor de Caña Distillery Of course, the beverage business is global and can involve complex supply chains. In this context, sustainability evolves to incorporate not just free, but also fair, trade. Flor de Caña’s rum is the first spirit to be both Carbon Neutral and Fair Trade Certified. This means that all carbon emissions are offset during the entire production life cycle, from field to market. It also means that the rum is produced in compliance with more than 300 labour, social and environmental standards—which in Fair Trade Certified documentation is aimed at “…building an innovative model of responsible business, conscious consumerism, and shared value to eliminate poverty and enable sustainable development for farmers, workers, and their families.” It’s a commitment that only adds positively to the rum’s stature.

SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE USA $15.29 64940 6 x 355 ml A true pioneer, this American pale ale helped establish the craft beer scene in 1980 and maintains its same bold, hop-heavy and in-your-face malt profile today!

PERSEPHONE POLLINATOR PILSNER BC $20.49 446878 12 x 355 ml Organically grown Washington hops and traceable Canadian-grown malted barley (plus BC-raised honey!) make this crisp, refreshing floral and citrus pilsner-style lager a sustainable treat.

MICHAEL DAVID PETITE PETIT LODI USA $26.99 414946 Anything but petite, this Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot oozes exuberance: from lush ripe and dried fruit to dark chocolate and leather. There is nothing subtle about this redolent red.

QUAILS’ GATE CHARDONNAY BC VQA $26.99 377770 This is quintessential BC Chardonnay, a versatile white bringing bright fruit and freshness with an underlying oak influence together in one delightful, easy- to-enjoy bottle.

FLOR DE CAÑA 5-YEAR-OLD AÑEJO CLÁSICO RUM Nicaragua $27.99 134676 This is a great rum all-rounder, showing some toasty age yet engaging and fresh with notes of tropical fruit and caramel, leading to a mellow finish.

PRAIRIE ORGANIC GIN USA $35.99 299560 A foundation of Midwest-grown, organic corn is distilled with an abundance of herbs, exotic spices and juniper to create this delicate, aromatic and easy-mixing gin.



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