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Idaho winery goes green with refillables bottles

Refillable wine bottles make going green very pleasant indeed

What better way to celebrate the wearing of the green?

Pend d’Oreille Winery in Sandpoint, ID is doing its part to save the earth- one lovely bottle of its popular Bistro Rouge table wine at a time.  The winery  now offers a refillable 1.5 liter bottle'

Co-Proprietor, Julie Meyer, grew frustrated seeing glass from Sandpoint reintegrated into other solid waste after being sorted by residents for the city’s curb-side recycling program. With no market for the recycled glass, the city was forced to reintegrate glass into solid waste for landfill disposal in Eastern Oregon, according to Meyer.

Brainstorming the idea (over a few good glasses?), the Pend d'Oreille staff came up with a concept of producing 1.5 liter bottles with a generic silk screened label of their Bistro Rouge Red Table Wine.  Keeping things local, the winery found a local producer of silk screened mugs, Litehouse Custom Printing, to print the label on the bottles. Clients enjoy their purchase, then clean their own bottle and bring it back to the winery for a refill. The first bottle retails for $25; refills are $16, saving green as well.

Winemaker Steve Meyer said the generic label gives him creative freedom too. The winemaker can develop blends without extensive and costly re-packaging.  Our clients "love the idea of coming into the winery to get their personal bottle refilled," he said.  "It’s a Win-Wine idea!”

The winery uses traditional French methods and grapes sourced from world-class vineyards around the Northwest to produce award-winning wines including  Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carbernet Franc and their unique Huckleberry Blush.


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