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Biodynamics of wine

Posted by ahall, Oct 10, 2007.

[Alesha Hall, currently completing her Masters of Food Studies at NYU, is the latest addition to the Snooth team. She has a background in food, wine and marketing and will help the company marketing and PR efforts. Please join me in welcoming her for her inaugural post - Philip]

I was never much a believer of the whole Biodynamic Wine movement, but after trying Querciabella’s 2004 Batár , I became a believer. I never really understood the concept of biodynamic wines and why they follow the cycles of the moon, sun, and stars. After talking to some wine producers, they all told me that in order to make wines biodynamic, the soil must be perfect. In other words, it takes several months or even years to get the soil ready. I figured that if a wine producer is going to invest that much time into making wine, the least I could do is give it a try.

If you are anything like me, you probably thought that biodynamic wines were just another name for organic wines. According to The Organic Company , organic wine growers use no chemicals or pesticides in their soil, only natural fertilizers. Biodynamic wine growers follow the same practice as organic wine growers, but they pay more attention to the vines themselves. The main goal of biodynamic wines is to stop the years of damage to the vines caused by pollution, and to become harmonious or one with nature. Imagine what it must be like to have to wait several years for your soil to be perfect before planting your grapes.

Over the summer, my friend and I took the bottle of Batár up to my roof top to see what it tastes like. To my surprise, the wine smelled clean and fresh giving off a floral citrus like aroma; the taste was crisp and refreshing for a hot summer day. After my friend and I finished the bottle she looked at me and asked "Can I take the bottle home with me, I know my boyfriend will love to try it...by the way where can I buy a bottle?" So all you biodynamic wine lovers, I think you can add two more believers to your list!

Replies

Blog comment by Ramesh, Oct 10, 2007.

Great article!

Blog comment by Vivian, Oct 10, 2007.

I think I'll try it. Great article.

Blog comment by jorray, Dec 31, 2007.

Great post Alesha, and welcome to the fray of the wine world. I'm with you on the potential for biodynamic farming. I had a raised eyebrow about the whole topic originally, until I saw the fruits of its labor. I first encountered this at Presidio Vineyard when I was touring Santa Ynez valley in CA recently. A post of the wines I tried follows:
http://spiritofwine.blogspot.com/20...
Looking forward to your future postings!

Blog comment by Alesha, Jan 2, 2008.

Thanks Jorray. It wasn't until I saw the intensive labor that went into biodynamic farming did I become a believer. I'll be sure to check out those wines you tried in California.


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