biodynamics


As part of my summer reading, I’ve been going through some of Nicolas Joly and Gerard Bertrand’s writings on biodynamics and wine. (See the list of readings at the end of this post.) It is fascinating reading, and I wish I could find more writings by winemakers who practice biodynamics in English. (Or, in a pinch, Mongolian…) If anyone has suggestions, please do get in touch.  This is going to be even more of a rambling post than mine...

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‘So, what are your results?’ ‘Ask us again in about, oh, three to five years.’ Thus runs an imaginary, but typical, discussion during fieldwork. Fieldwork is part of a slow process. It takes time, often slowed further by issues of funding and, well, life. But even if Julia and I had all the funding we could wish for, and no other obligations or commitments, we’d still be telling people to give us a few years. That’s a slightly...

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For the inaugural decoding, I’ve chosen Judith Beck’s 2013 Blaufränkisch Alte Lagen 2013, from Austria, for a number of reasons. First, it is a favourite here at Anthroenology. (In the spirit of full disclosure, Judith Beck is someone we’ve been talking to and working with on the project, although there is no compensation involved.)   Second, when I recently ordered some to use in wine tastings, it arrived with...

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This is a lightly edited version of the talk I gave at the Oxford Food Forum conference ‘Culture, Food, & the Environment: New Perspectives on Food Sovereignty and Security’ on 2 May. As it was written to be read, the original version does not include references, and I have not bothered to add them back in. Most edits are not marked here, but as a kind of experiment, instead of adding in footnotes where they might be appropriate...

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While not as radical as natural wine in its impact on taste, biodynamic wine-making is more likely to be encountered by most wine-drinkers, even if they are not aware of it. Further, even people sceptical of the philosophy and ideas behind the biodynamic approach often will admit it makes interesting wines. So what is biodynamics? In short, and not completely inaccurately, biodynamic farming is like organic farming with a spiritual...

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