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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

Importer Uses 108 Year Old Schooner to Lower Carbon Footprint

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Aug 13, 2008.

Fine Wind Wine is looking into the past to find ways of beating the Carbon crisis -- they're using a 108 year old sailing ship and traditional shipping routes.

How's that for wind power!


Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Aug 13, 2008.

Too bad it is totally unscaleable. We'd have to start cutting down Amazon for masts. Besides ocean transport is very efficient as is. The transport carbon problem is trucks.

Reply by Philip James, Aug 13, 2008.

Other than lighter bottles, more efficient packaging and buying from local sources, is there anything to be done to help that?

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Aug 13, 2008.

Yes - using rail transport...a boxcar holds 6x as much wine as a truck.

Of course, this is more of a general transportation infrastructure gripe than a decision that most small wine producers can make on their own.

However, I do know that Washington state ships a substantial percentage of its wines (and apples) to the East Coast via rail, and there is rail infrastructure through Vallejo (south of America Canyon) and Fresno that is capable of moving most California wine cross-country.

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