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SANTA RITA HILLS – AN ORGANIC TASTY WEEKEND…


Organic has never tasted so good. Who knew just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, CA the mecca of Pinot Noir is at our fingertips. Santa Barbara 2007 awarded CLOS PEPE Winery with the Green Award, the only one given each year, quite an honor.

GREEN CAN TASTE GOOD! Just a few hours beyond Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills beauty is matched by the fragrant, rich, organic vines that align the blue water colored skies. Describing the birth of a wine culture is a vastly underrepresented phenomenon: the culinary craft and the people creating it in Santa Rita Hills share their labor and produce a community of unique wines, rich with personalities, and experienced wine makers.

Wes Hagen is an award-winning winemaker and wine grower for 10+ years at Clos Pepe Vineyards, recognized by the Wine Spectator as one of the Top 30 Pinot Noir Producers in California.  Wes has also judged wine professionally for 10 years, was the Central Coast Winegrowers Association Grower of the Year, 2000-2001, has produced wines rated 93-95 points by national wine pubs, is an avid wine educator and has been writing for Winemaker magazine for 7 years.

Wine making in Santa Rita Hills is a family business. Brewer Clifton Wines and Palomino Winery is a husband and wife team, with a growing family that continue to grow beautiful children, and elegant and stellar award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Nior Wines.

For a Parabenfreeandorganic weekend retreat, check out Santa Rita Hills, CA.

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April 11, 2010 by parabenfree 1 Votes

DID YOU KNOW? The underbelly of Parabens…
60% of products such as lotions, shampoos, lipsticks, powders, deodrant, shaving creme… are absorbed into your body and mimic your body’s hormones.

Natural does not always mean naturally good for you! Yesterday I was at the grocery store. I saw what is considered a natural sunscreen. Alba Botancia states that is is a chemical free sunscreen, noting on the front of the bottle, that it contains not harmful chemicals. Although their intentions may be good, their product label is misleading. Alba Botanica sunscreen lotions contain Titanium dioxide.  What is Titanium Dioxide?

Titanium dioxide is a white powder like mineral. Chemically processed, it provides a pure white pigment that is odorless and absorbent.  Additional to sunscreen and deodrant, TD can be found in food, cosmetics, vitamins and paint!

There are mixed views regarding Titanium Dioxide.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently classified Titanium dioxide as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”… This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*.  (Naturalnews.com)\

THE FACTS: Natural does not always mean it is good for you. Check your labels and decide for yourself.

As far as sunscreen’s go, The Environmental Working Group has identified the following ingredients are harmful to human health. Octocrylene. PABA, Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC), Benzophenone-3, 4-methyl-benzylidene and camphor (4-MBC). Homosalate

Women – Deodrant: I have looked LONG & LONGER to find a deodrant that had a pleasant smelled, WORKED, and was pure of toxins. The deodrant I use is HUGO NATURALS, Dual-action Formula – Sea Fennel & Passionflower. Purchased at Whole Foods.

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