June 13, 2011

Wine tasting at First Alternative Co-op to feature shades of blue

First Alternative Co-op in Corvallis is participating in a water conservation project that we think deserves some attention.

(The following information furnished by First Alternative Co-op)

The First Alternative Co-op will be hosting a free tasting of wine in blue bottles on Friday, June 17th from 5-7pm at the South Co-op to encourage shoppers to purchase, drink, and donate blue bottles to a very unique and exciting effort: the Three Waters Project.

The Co-op is currently collecting blue bottles to use in permeable pavers to be installed at the Three Waters Demonstration site at the South Store. The pavers are made locally by Corvallis glass-makers. They tested the paver design in late May.

“It is drop dead gorgeous,” said David Eckert, head of the Three Waters Project, “And, water pours through it unhampered.”

The Three Waters Project is a collaboration of the City of Corvallis, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and the Co-op and is aimed at educating the community about smart water use. The South Store is currently working to reduce the amount of water it uses by 50%. There are three areas of water that flow through the property: tap, storm, and waste.

The featured blue bottle wines include Momokawa Diamond Saké, Badger Mountain OG Riesling, No Sulfites Added, Blüfeld Mosel Riesling and Badger Mountain OG Port, No Sulfites Added.

To donate your bottles to the project, please bring them to the South Co-op recycling center, 1007 SE 3rd St. Corvallis, OR.

A Solstice Celebration will be held at the Three Waters Demonstration site June 21st from 4-6pm. The event will honor Waldorf Students who painted the murals of the Corvallis watershed that are installed at the site and also provide an opportunity to learn more about the project and how you can be water savvy.

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