Quote of the Day - Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
Collectively, while the Valley's 109 wineries produce nearly 340 million gallons of wine, they likewise produce just over 700 tons of air pollution. The air pollution happens - you guessed it - during fermentation. According to the District's studies, the fermentation process that turns grape sugars to alcohol releases ethanol, methanol and other organic compounds into the atmosphere, where they react with sunlight and heat to form ozone.
Now, E&J Gallo, Delicato and sixteen others of the District's largest winemakers, who produce some 70% of California's table wine, must reduce their emissions by 35% according to the new rules. Alternatively, they can buy air pollution credits from other companies that have reduced pollution, similar to the South Coast Air Management District's RECLAIM credit exchange program.
The wineries are pleased with the flexibility of the program, but Earth Justice isn't. They think that the rules are too easy on the wineries and the shifting of air pollution credits doesn't address the winery pollution.
You can vote your thoughts by deciding whether to raise your glass of box wine. Or not.