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Cary, NC – A glass of wine. Simple, but it can impact all your senses. From sight and scent to taste, aftertaste, and the overall impression that the wine leaves behind after you’ve finished.
Think about where this wine has come from. How were the grapes grown? Were pesticides or chemical fertilizers used on the vines? How would those things effect the flavor of wine? At my friend April’s new store, all the wines are organic.
How Green is Your Grape
April and Josh Schlanger, the owners of the new shop, Sip…A Wine Store, are thrilled to share their passion for wine and the environment by bringing an all organic wine and beer selection to Cary. April Schlanger has been in the wine industry for 15 years, working for wine distributors and as Sales Director for a Chilean wine company. Both Josh and April have always enjoyed sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for wine with friends.
The shop is located on Darrington Drive in Preston Walk. Inside it is quaint and comfortable. You will notice quotes and sayings written on chalk boards all around the store. “How green is your grape?” is a question asked and answered right there in the store.
“Many people have a misconception that organic wines are expensive,” April told me. “We offer a selection of affordable organic and eco-friendly wines. We bring our belief that we can run a successful business, provide quality products that are well priced, all while reducing our carbon footprint.”
April and Josh’s commitment to the environment is all over the shop. From the VOC free wall paint and the chalk board paint to their use of green cleaning supplies. The wine cabinets are from the Habitat for Humanity resale store and the display tables were built using old doors and reclaimed wood. They are equipped with energy star appliances, water saving facilities and a tank-less water heater.
Business cards, price tags and paper used in the store are printed on recycled paper. You won’t find paper bags here either. Each customer will receive a six-bottle wine bag on arrival. You can also get a six-bottle and case discount if you bring back your own bag or box.
Organically grown grapes are raised without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, or synthetic chemicals in the soil or on the vines. During the wine making process, there is little or no manipulation with such technologies as reverse osmosis, excessive filtration, and flavor additives. Usually fermentation takes place with the use of wild yeasts instead of the cultured varieties.
Organic winemakers are not allowed to use the various chemical substances commonly found in conventional wineries to make or modify their wines. To learn more about organic wines you can schedule a wine tasting or just stop by. The tasting bar is always open and April’s Mom and Dad may be there to serve you.
Grand Opening May 6-9
Sip opened April 30th, but the Grand Opening is May 6th through the 9th. Wine tastings are set for everyday during Grand Opening weekend. Now grab a corkscrew and a bottle of organic wine from Sip and get something good in your glass!
Tell April that CaryCitizen sent you.