Posts Tagged ‘rudolf steiner’

Nature is the Spirit: A lesson in Biodynamic Viticulture from Ted Lemon of Littorai.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

(Hi everyone. I’m Cara Patricia, a full time student of wine & beverage. I originally published this article on my personal blog, DECANTchicago.com, which revolves around the strange world of Biodynamic viticulture.  Biodynamic is a step up from typical Organic and is quite confusing to most at first. I hope that the following article gives you a little more insight into what Biodynamic means and why we tend to be drawn to sustainable, earth-friendly, terroir driven wines in our search for deliciousness in winemaking at our LUSH stores. Some of wines I will talk about are available at LUSH. Cheers!)

What a great seminar we had at the Avenues in Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel!  Hosted by Maverick Wine Company, Ted Lemon, founder of Littorai in Sonoma,  held a very informative and excellent discussion about Biodynamic viticulture and winemaking. During which we also were able to sample eight of his wines using organic, sustainable, and full-on biodynamic procedures. (more…)

Random Snippets: Root, Leaf, Flower or Fruit?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Totally geeky…

If you are into it, following the biodynamic calendar may help your booze taste better.  The calendar was actually created to help guide planting, sowing, and such…but, it applies to wine flavors, too! [Mr. Steiner developed and shared the principles of biodynamic farming, you can Google him and get the full run down…kinda like extra organic with a side of the mystical…but basically all about ‘living’ soils and a truly sustainable approach to farming].

Apparently, drinking on a ‘root’ or ‘leaf’ day is not ideal to show off the assests of the wine.  Brings out the dirty, earthy funk.  But, to highlight the juice, do drink on a ‘fruit’ or ‘flower’ day, as the deliciousness of the wine is at the forefront and ready to shine.  You can find a fairly concise explanation here and a link to get a calendar…http://stellanatura.com/use.html.   LUSH suggests putting it to the test.  Practice, study, and conduct research.  SIP on each type of day.  Same wine.  Same situation.  Different bottle, duh.  Let us know what you think!  Of course, practical matters take precendence…like food pairing and the company and such.  And, if you want to drink, just do.  Drink what you like when you want.

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