National Instruments Sustainable Tasting

Y+B Torrontes 2011 1 Liter – Tetra Pak – 12.57 – Expansive and fresh aromas of peach, cantaloupe and pineapple, with a hint of lime. Fresh and lively, with medium weight, nice acidity, and an enjoyable floral finish. The perfect pour for many cheeses, spicy foods and seafood dishes. Originally from Galicia in northwest Spain. This organic Torrontes is made with organically-grown grapes from the picturesque village of Cafayate, Argentina’s heartland for this varietal. Cafayate Valley has some of the world’s highest-elevation vineyards, typically at 5,500 feet. The valley sees little rain (three to six inches a year) and tremendous sunshine. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, the vineyards are irrigated thanks to ample water from mountain snowpacks. Because the Cafayate Valley is so dry, it lends itself easily to organic vineyard practices.

Y+B Rose 2009 1 Liter – Tetra Pak – 12.57 – Effusive aromas of ripe strawberries, tangerines and melons. Medium body, with fine acidity and a long mineral laden finish. Pairs well with summer salads, fresh seafood, and simple preparations of chicken and duck. Grapes grown in Spain’s famed Alicante region benefit from a continental climate softened by Mediterranean Sea breezes, with low rainfall and plenty of sunshine. The vineyard is situated approximately 2,000 feet above sea level, where the “gobelet” (víña en vaso) system is used to ensure proper airing of the vines. The mineral-rich soil, combined with the warm, dry climate, yields fresh and fruity wines.  Monastrell and Syrah grapes are harvested by hand at the end of August. After crushing, the must is macerated for 10 hours before decanting. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel. Crisp and dry, a great choice for the warmer months.

Y+B Monastrell 2009 1 Liter – Tetra Pak – 12.57Powerful aromas of blackberries, anise, olives and plums. A full bodied red, with firm tannins, and an opulently plummy finish. Works well with grilled meats and other hearty dishes. Created as a DO in 1966, Jumilla has undergone a revolution in the past few decades. The new generation of wines from forward thinking wineries have caused the region to explode in popularity.  Jumilla itself is situated in Southeast Spain between La Mancha and the Mediterranean Sea, creating a good grape growing climate. Monastrell, known as Mourvedre in France, is the main varietal in Jumilla, taking up over 80% of the vineyard land.  Monastrell shines in the warm, dry weather and rocky soils of the region.  The red wines from Jumilla are full-bodied wines with flavors of black fruits and plums.

Eric Chevalier Cabernet Franc 2010 750ml – Glass Bottle – 17.97 – 26-hectare estate is sustainably farmed, according to the guidelines of the lutte raisonee doctrine. On the ground this essentially means minimal, monitored chemical use and lots of attenton paid to keeping environmental impact low. His farm is in the Grand Lieu region of the Loire Atlantique. The wine maker stirs the fine lees of this wine to add texture and depth of flavor. Is all cool berry fruit and accessibility. Aromatic appeal like the reds from the Chinon region, somewhat lighter in texture, zero greenness. This is a good red for lighter meals, creamy cheeses and fruit… something about the wine makes me crave rare roast beef and mustard, parsley, crusty bread. This wine is the perfect example of why I fell in love with Loire valley Cabernet Franc. The wine has a perfectly soft texture which lends itself to quaffing; it has the classic bramble berry fruits, hints of mineral, leafy, tobacco notes and a great price. Try this with some pork chops off the grill, you won’t be sorry.

From the Tetra Pak website – TETRA PAK – Our carton packages are mainly made from paper, a renewable resource that comes from growing forests. However you look at it, we’re running low on natural resources – fossil fuels in particular. That’s why the conscientious use of renewable resources it’s so important today. Well-managed forests continuously grow – new trees replace the ones harvested – while removing CO2 from the atmosphere. It’s a simple concept, yet it allows us to carry on protecting good food without sacrificing the good planet.

And, it’s  what Tetra Pak is about: making sure our products are doing more than just protecting taste and nutritional content but also helping preserve Earth’s resources for future generations.

“Since trees are renewable, they can be sustainably harvested today, without compromising the ability of future generations to enjoy their benefits“,  Deborah Gangloff, Executive Director, American Forests.

In general, cartons involve less packaging material in relation to the product they protect. Their combination of strength, light weight and compact shape means low carbon footprint. When it comes to filling the cartons, Environmental Product Declarations show that Tetra Pak machines require less energy than their competitive counterparts.

And since products in carton don’t require refrigeration, they save energy during transportation and storage.

And why cartons are considered one of the most sustainable package choices out there? You may say that, taking the lifecycle approach into consideration, cartons never die. How? By being made mainly from paper, a renewable resource, and by being recycled after you consume the product inside. Recycling really closes the loop.

Cartons are recyclable and can be recycled into tissue products. The way they get to be tissue products is a very simple process. It all starts with you. After you put your cartons into the recycling bin, cartons are then collect by a village-funded or private curbside recycling program. They are then sorted out in a stand-alone facility and sold to recycling mills.

The mills take cartons and put them into large vats of water where they are agitated (just like a jumbo kitchen blender). The swirling action rubs the fibers apart, helping the paper dissolve. These fibers then absorb water and develop into a pulpy mixture, and any non-paper elements separate out and are sieved off. The recovered fibers are then ready to be reprocessed into the paper used to make tissues products.

Tetra Pak knows that recycling is very important to everyone, and we, and members of the Carton Council, are always looking for ways to aggressively expand carton recycling in the U.S. We’ve come a long way since we’ve started carton recycling programs domestically in 1999. Today, one in each three households has access to carton recycling (around 35% in 30 states and growing). For a list of communities with carton recycling in the U.S.

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All four wines from the tasting in an East End Wines wine bag for $50 + tax.