The eighth annual California Wines Down to Earth Month was celebrated in April with sustainability-focused wine events and offers across the state, including Earth Day festivals, vineyard hikes, food and wine events, eco-tours and more. Created by Wine Institute, the association of nearly 1,000 California wineries, the month-long celebration highlights the winemaking community’s commitment to protecting the environment, being a good neighbor and producing high quality wines with sustainable farming and business practices. See: www.discovercaliforniawines.com/d2e.
Nancy Light is Vice President of Communications for the Wine Institute, the public policy association of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible consumption and enjoyment of wine. Light has more than three decades of experience in marketing communications and public affairs and has held positions at Kobrand Corporation in New York, where she started her wine career, and at Robert Mondavi where she served as Vice President of Public Relations. At Wine Institute, she directs media relations, member communications and issues management and is an alternate on the Board of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). She co-conceived and edited the book, Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of California Sustainable Winegrowing and is at work on a second book about wine and sustainable agriculture in California.
Allison Jordan is Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Wine Institute, where she is responsible for oversight of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Jordan represents Wine Institute on the National Grape & Wine Initiative board of directors and the California Environmental Dialogue Plenary. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at SureHarvest and Vice President and Acting Executive Director of Resource Renewal Institute. Jordan holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a Psychology B.A. from Allegheny College, and is a fellow in the German Marshall Fund's American Marshall Memorial Fellowship program. Jordan and her husband are founding partners of Giordano Bros., a San Francisco restaurant group. She serves on the board of trustees at her children’s school, Montessori de Terra Linda.
After finishing a degree in horticulture at Kansas State University in 2005, Christian worked for a nursery in Copenhagen, Denmark before returning to work in the wine industry. His experience includes apprenticeships at Rex Hill Winery in Oregon and Eagle’s Trace Winery in Napa Valley. Christian joined the family business in August 2008; he takes a holistic approach to the vineyard management by using livestock to manage the vineyard floor and avoiding the use of pesticides or herbicides. Christian received an MBA from Sonoma State Wine Business Institute in 2013.