Category Archives: Biodynamic

NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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Ansonia Wines – A Tiny Boutique Store in D.C.

If you had asked me a few months ago to name wine stores owned and operated by importers and devoted to that importer’s wines, I would have mentioned two: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, Calif., and Rosenthal Wine Merchant … Continue reading

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Sales of “Green” Wine are Up, and Monsanto Smiles …

Sales of so-called €œgreen€ wines increased 12.1 percent over the past year, nearly four times the growth rate of wine sales in general, according to a new Nielsen Company report released last week at the €œGreen Wine Summit€ in Santa … Continue reading

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Local Wine Bandwagon Gains Steam With Obama’s Help

Virginia wine was featured last night at President Obama’s first State Dinner. The president, his guest of honor, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and invited members of D.C.’s elite washed down pumpkin pie tart and pear tatin with Thibaut-Janisson blanc … Continue reading

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Carbon-Neutral Wine

Wineries today tout their green credentials almost as much as their scores from influential wine magazines. Solar power, sustainable or organic or biodynamic (s/o/b) viticulture, and “carbon-neutral” winemaking are all marketing buzzwords for wineries. In today’s column in The Washington … Continue reading

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Randall Grahm, Author at Large

Who was that lurking around side streets in Washington DC the other night? Why, it was Randall Grahm, “president for life” of Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz, California. He was carrying a copy of his new book, Been Doon … Continue reading

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Oregon Pinot Noir – Sustainably Good

Oregon pinot noir offers an ideal opportunity to explore the effects of terroir, as the state€™s main wine region, the Willamette (rhymes with €˜dammit€™) Valley features two main soil types, each with its own expression in the wine. I explore … Continue reading

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Of Cow Horns and the Cosmos

Biodynamics is a small but rapidly growing style of winemaking. Basically put, biodynamics is €œExtreme Organics,€ going way beyond avoidance of chemical fertlizers, pesticides and herbicides to include some rather esoteric practices. The wackiest of these is probably the only … Continue reading

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A Toast to Earth Day

Today is a day to celebrate our planet. Heck €“ the government has finally acknowledged that we€™re killing it with greenhouse gases. Maybe now we can take some steps to help the environment. One step might be to support earth-friendly … Continue reading

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Montirius Côtes du Rhône 2007

Montirius hits the stony, mineral side of Rhône wines. It is tight and focused, delicious and very much alive. Increasingly I find myself saying €œfocused€ and €œlively€ about wines that impress me. This one impresses me. I won€™t recite a recipe … Continue reading

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