2008 Fetzer Merlot ($9)
A juicy, straightforward red that's packaged in lightweight glass bottles to reduce the wine's carbon footprint.
2008 Viña Calina Reserve Carmenère ($10)
The Maule Valley was hard-hit by Chile's earthquake this year. Buy a wine from the region to support its farmers.
2009 Yellow + Blue Torrontés ($14)
Y + B first made news with its Tetra-Pak (low carbon footprint!) organic Malbec. Now it has a crisp white Torrontés, too.
2009 Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Gris ($17)
Chehalem is one of 14 Oregon producers that completed the Carbon Neutral Challenge, helping reduce winery greenhouse-gas emissions.
2007 Ehlers Estate Cabernet Franc ($45)
All of this Napa Valley winery's profits go to a private foundation that supports heart research.
2009 Raptor Ridge Winery Pinot Gris ($15)
Raptor Ridge is one ofseveral Oregon wineries that support ¡Salud!, a charity providing health care for seasonal vineyard workers.
2009 Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($22)
This melony, lively Sauvignon Blanc comes from the first winery in Napa Valley to receive LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
2008 Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett ($19)
Buy Riesling from the famed Urziger Wurzgarten vineyard. The German government is about to build a huge bridge right next to it, and the growers need some moral support.
2007 Dominus ($130)
A terrific wine from a rare California Cabernet vineyard farmed without irrigation. In a state that just had three back-to-back drought years, that's a good thing.
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