Red, white or green? Calif. wine choices expand
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Consumers of California wine easily can tell a red cabernet from a white chardonnay. Soon they will have a tool to determine whether it's green.
Officials at the industry-backed Wine Institute announced a program Wednesday that outlines steps growers and winemakers must take to call themselves ``sustainable.'
The regulations cover everything from energy and water consumption to health care for workers and relationships with neighbors. Independent auditors will enforce compliance.
Chris Savage of Gallo Wines says retailers increasingly are demanding sustainable products, a trend he expects will continue to grow.
California is the world's fourth-largest producer of wine. Nearly two-thirds of the state's wine producers are participating in the program.