Proceeds That Keep Them Flying

Our planet is completely dependent on healthy oceans for nourishment in the forms of oxygen, rain, and food. The seabirds that live along our coasts are inspiring reminders of how fragile that dependency can be when humans irresponsibly interfere with their habitats.

That’s why we’ve dedicated Sea Bird Wines to helping preserve the natural marine habitats that allow us to continue making the world’s best wine. Our logo reflects our passion for the oceans and the life it sustains. But for us, that wasn’t enough. That’s why we will donate the proceeds from every bottle of Sea Bird Wines to non-profit charities whose mission is to protect and preserve the maritime habitats we depend on.

The International Bird Rescue is at the top of our list. Their emphasis is on rehabilitation of aquatic birds who are impacted by oil spills. While you might only know about the newspaper headline-worthy spills, the reality is that there are thousands of small oil spills every day that go unreported and unnoticed. This organization takes their mission seriously as the “Stewards of the Earth.”

Perhaps you’re wondering how this might affect you? The most essential part of marine bird rehabilitation is protecting the food chain. Their urgent response to oil spills prevents the spread of oil up the food chain. As proud members at the top of the food chain, we think this is a pretty important initiative. Healthy marine habitats also extend into the vineyards, which depend on migratory birds for pest control to maintain sustainable winegrowing practices.

We appreciate the work that IBR does as Stewards of the Earth. It makes it possible for Sea Bird Wines to be your Wine Stewards taking Great Vines to Great Times with you in every glass.

All of this saving the Sea Birds making you thirsty? Us too. Head over to our current releases to bring the goodness to your table.


Let’s Talk Terroir | Single Vineyard Wine for a Great Time

Can California have terroir?

Terroir: it’s a word you may have heard casually woven into wine conversations between friends, sommeliers, and dining companions. Its French origins define it as all the environmental factors that determine the quality of a crop. Any wine aficionado will tell you it’s just as much an artistic term as it is a scientific definition. There’s the certain something about a place that makes particularly delicious wine. Something that can’t be recreated just anywhere.

For us, there are the many elements that come together to make wine with a little bit of California terroir. Yes, it’s the basics of sun, soil, air, temperature and rainfall that makes up the technical elements of terroir. It’s the maritime breezes that cool the grapes in vineyard mornings. But it’s also the uniqueness of our single-vineyard selections, and a little bit of New World winemaking spirit that combines to make up of the terroir of every bottle created by Sea Bird Wines.

Napa vs. Sonoma: what’s the difference?

When you’re cruising the wine aisle to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner, are you thinking about the differences in the region between the two different bottles of Pinot Noir you have in hand? One of the greatest parts about experiencing wine is the way that two of the same varietals can taste completely different, even if there’s grown just a few miles apart.

When we’re choosing our single vineyard selections for you every year, we have the chance to get our hands on some of the most premium wine-growing selections in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Napa fruit offers a warmer expression of wine as the heat of the Valley floor ripens the grapes in that lush fashion we all have come to love about Napa. The morning fog carried out from the sea brings cool crisp mornings, and the sun burns it all off. Our Sonoma fruit sources are closer to the coast, bringing a cooler average day as the maritime breezes blow in from the sea and allow for our favorite cool-climate varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to develop a pleasing acidity and balance.

Coast Breezes & marine habitat preservation

As you work your way around the tastings rooms in Wine Country, you’ll inevitably hear the expression “diurnal shift” when talking about the growing season. In wine terms, it’s the difference in temperature variation from the highest and lowest point in the day. In “normal” terms, it’s the reason you need to dress in layers when you come to visit!

This matters for us in the vineyard because that shift in temperature from cool, foggy and breezy to warm and full of sunshine helps define the quality of our wine each year. We can’t make great wine without the swing in temperature, and that shift wouldn’t happen without the coastal influence nearby. It comes and goes every day, just as the sun and the tide rise and sets. That’s why we dedicate proceeds for each bottle of Sea Bird Wine to the preservation of marine habitats from coast-to-coast. It’s our way of saying “thanks!” for the great wine that only a healthy coastline can offer.

Every time you open a bottle of Sea Bird Wines, you can raise a toast to nature’s most unstoppable force: a wine drinker determined to have a Good Time!

Ready to experience a taste of terroir with us? Shop our current release vintages here or dig into our cellar with our Library Collection here.