Summer Wine Club: Biodynamic Wines

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This quarter’s wine club collection is focused on Biodynamics, a farming and winemaking process drawn from the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. Biodynamic farming combines spiritual, mystical, and celestial methodologies to promote soil fertility, plant health, and biodiversity. It creates a holistic, resilient, and self-contained ecosystem that does not require the intervention of synthetic chemicals.

A Biodynamic farm will not only have grapevines, but also fruit trees, livestock, bees, vegetable crops, grains, or many other types of plants and animals that create true biodiversity on the land, in addition to supporting living soil. There are also special Biodynamic “preparations” used for fertility and pest control, including compost teas, mineral-based sprays, and other nutrients that are sourced directly from the land that they are being used on. In addition to all of this, Biodynamic processes follow the lunar calendar, which is believed to have a major influence on the cycles of the vines and earth.

Much like organic farming, there are certifying agencies for Biodynamic vineyards and wineries. The most common one you’ll see is called Demeter. So when you see that a wine is “Demeter Certified”, you can be certain that the grower is strictly following all of the practices of Biodynamics. On the other hand, many followers of Biodynamic principles eschew certification, believing that it’s either too expensive or unnecessary for their own reasons. In your booklet notes, you’ll see whether the wine is Demeter Certified or simply practicing Biodynamics.
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To many of us, Biodynamics might seem a little… unusual. And if you’ve ever met a truly Biodynamic farmer, you might think he or she is a little odd. For a long time, Biodynamics were considered akin to sorcery, so governments and consumers were wary and wineries had to hide the fact they practiced. Nowadays, people seem to be a little more open-minded, and Biodynamics are being not only promoted, but used as a marketing tool. As you’ll see, the proof is in the final product, and everyone in the natural wine community seems to agree that Biodynamic wines can be very special. I am definitely in that camp.

This quarter’s wine club is nearly sold out, so if you aren’t already a member, sign up today. Each wine club collection features six wines for $150, excluding tax and delivery.

**The ALL-WHITE collection is sold out! We still have a few Mixed and All-Red collections available.**

Mixed Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

All-Red Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Domaine Philippe Gilbert
2012 Menetou-Salon Rouge
Loire Valley, France

Despagne-Rapin Montagne
2006 Saint-Émilion “Maison Blanche”
Bordeaux, France

Domaine Olivier Pithon
2012 Cuvée Laïs Rouge
Roussillon, France

All-White Club

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

Domaine Huber-Verdereau
2014 Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France

Cascina Degli Ulivi
2010 Montemarino Bianco
Piedmont, Italy

Cooperativa Agricola La Collina
NV Lunaris Secco Malvasia Dell’Emilia
Emilia-Romagna, Italy