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If you want some wines with extra feel-good factor this Christmas, wines that you can enjoy for their taste and for their ethical credentials, then have a look at this new website:

Susan McCraith, a Master of Wine, recently left a wine-buying job at Waitrose to set up her own business, Ethical Fine Wines. "I was interested in finding wines with a good environmental and social track record as well as being great quality. I now have over 50 wines from £5 to £50 that taste delicious."

Consumer demand for organics in the UK is filtering through to wine producers the world over with a greater number of vineyards adopting sustainable and organic practices. There are even some wineries in Australia and New Zealand that have been certified carbon neutral. And on the social responsibility side there are fairtrade wines from South Africa and South America.

Organic vineyards have a lower carbon footprint than 'conventional' vineyards, but what about all those food miles, shouldn't we all be growing grapes in our back gardens and making our own wine? Well if global warming continues that might not be such a bad idea, but in the meantime you might be interested to know that driving just a few miles in your car emits more carbon dioxide than shipping a bottle of wine from the other side of the world.

Wine is shipped by sea-container and the carbon emission per bottle works out to be far less per mile than trucking by road. Even if you're lucky enough to get a bottle of wine in your Christmas stocking, Santa's
reindeer puff out quite a bit of CO2 on the way from the North Pole.

All these questions, and more, are covered on the Ethical Fine Wines website: where wines are available to buy online for home delivery.

With Christmas in mind, there is also a range of ethical hampers starting from as little as £29.95 including delivery in the UK. For further details see



Susan McCraith MW
Ethical Fine Wines
Cambrian House
51 Broad Street
Chipping Sodbury
BS37 6AD.
Tel: 01454 313300

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