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Leslie Hallman
 
July 12, 2017 | Leslie Hallman

Drink Sustainable: Wind Turbine FAQ's

What is the purpose of the wind turbine?
The wind turbine will generate power for our winery operations using a clean, renewable source of energy.

How does a wind turbine work?
The wind turns the propeller-like blades around a rotor. the rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins the generator to create electricity.

How tall is the wind turbine?
The wind turbine’s blades reach 396 feet into the sky (nearly a 40-story building), and the centerline of the turbine’s hub is 264 feet above ground. On a clear day, the turbine can be seen for miles.

How much power is the wind turbine capable of creating?
The turbine will generate 4.5 million kilowatt hours yearly. this is the equivalent of powering 467 homes or using 7,300 barrels of oil. The wind turbine eliminates approximately 3,162 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

How fast do the blades turn?
The blades turn at a speed of 22 RPM (revolutions per minute).

What technology does the turbine use?
The wind turbine has five internal computers: one in each blade to monitor and adjust the rotation speed when necessary, one in the nacelle (which houses the generator), and one main computer in the tower base that communicates with all the other computers. This turbine has its own server at Foundation Windpower and is monitored continuously by GE.

Why did you choose a wind turbine over solar panels?
For our local conditions in Monterey County, turbines are more effective than solar. The wind turbine generates electricity at night, it doesn’t lose efficiency due to dust, and it doesn’t use valuable agricultural land or create the maintenance issues that rooftop installations create. It is the perfect power source for the inexhaustible winds of the Salinas Valley.

How much energy does the winery use and how much will the wind turbine offset?
The winery uses about 900,000 watts at peak (0.9MW) and the turbine will generate double this load.

How does this wind turbine fit into Scheid Family Wine’s commitment to sustainability?
Scheid Family Wines has always been committed to sustainability. All 4,000 acres of our estate vineyards in Monterey County are officially certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. 100% of our wastewater is recycled and all our grape must is composted and spread as nutrition in the vineyards. We use 100% drip irrigation and low impact farming methods. we even have 250+ owl boxes to control rodent populations naturally. installing this wind turbine is yet another facet of our desire to preserve the environment.

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2017 at 2:29 PM
Leslie Hallman
 
May 31, 2017 | Leslie Hallman

Food & Wine Pairing: Ahi Tuna & Avocado Sushi Rolls with Sauvignon Blanc

Ahi Tuna & Avocado Sushi Rolls with D7 Sauvignon Blanc

 

Yield: 8 rolls

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients
8 ounces sustainably-sourced sushi-grade ahi tuna, sliced into ¾ inch strips
8 sheets toasted nori (seaweed)
4 cups prepared sushi rice (ingredients & instructions below)
1 medium avocado, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
Bamboo sushi mat, covered with plastic wrap to avoid sticking
Reduced-sodium soy sauce, prepared wasabi, and pickled ginger slices, optional

Sushi Rice:
2 cups uncooked short-grain sushi rice
3 cups water
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
Place a sheet of nori in the center of the sushi mat. Wet your hands and evenly spread ½ cup prepared sushi rice (see below) over the nori in a thin layer. Carefully flip the sheet rice side down. Arrange 1 ounce tuna and several slices of avocado neatly in a line down the center of the nori. Lift the end of the mat and gently roll, pushing the filling slightly in with your fingertips until the roll is formed. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle each roll with sesame seeds. Cut rolls into 1-inch slices with a sharp, wet knife. Serve sushi immediately with a chilled glass of D7 Sauvignon Blanc.

Sushi Rice:
Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear, and combine with water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil uncovered. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover, cooking for 15 minutes. Rice should be tender and all water absorbed. In a small microwaveable bowl combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt, heating for 30 seconds or until sugar is dissolved. Stir mixture into the cooked rice. Allow rice to reach room temperature before making sushi. 

Time Posted: May 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM