How do you save a baby duck in New Zealand? Chug free wine at a Kimpton.

by Oyster Locals on February 25, 2010

How do you save a baby duck in New Zeland? Chug free wine.

Across the country, Kimpton hotels have been winning fans with their free wine hours. Now, all that wine they are buying will do more than get you buzzed before dinner.

Sip wines that not only tantalize the palate, but do good for the planet. Kimpton Hotels has introduced a new wine program, “Wines that Care,” at its nearly 50 hotels nationwide, such as the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, the Muse in New York City, and the Hotel George in Washington, D.C., among others.

At the hosted nightly wine hour at each of its properties, a featured winery of the month will be spotlighted for its dedication to the earth and local communities. All of the wines have been hand-picked by Kimpton’s wine director and master sommelier, Emily Wines (and yes, that is her real name).

Among the featured wineries are: Barefoot Wine (Modesto, Calif.), which works with the Surfrider Foundation each year to encourage locals to clean up beaches to make them “barefoot-friendly.” Banrock Station (Australia), which has contributed to the preservation of native ducks in New Zealand, flamingos in Kenya, and the re-introduction of otters in Holland. And Hayes Ranch by Wente Vineyards (Livermore, Calif.), which has worked hard to minimize water use, reduce non-organic wastes, and revitalize soils. For a complete list of the selected wineries, click here.

Additionally, visitors are asked to bring their used natural corks throughout the year to any Kimpton restaurant for recycling. The recycling drive is in partnership with Wente Vineyards and ReCork America, which recycles wine corks for reuse in products such as sporting goods, flooring and gaskets.

– Carolyn Jung of Oyster Locals and FoodGal

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