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12.25.2006

WBW#29 Has Been Announced: Drink Biodynamic

wbw_icon.jpgWine Blogging Wednesday #29 has been announced. It will be hosted by my friends Jack and Joanne over at Fork & Bottle and it will require us all to drink Biodynamic wines and blog about them. Their web site isn't really a blog, per se, but it is quickly becoming authoritative for a number of things, among them cheese and not-so-coincidentally, Biodynamic wine, of which Jack is a rabid fan. In addition to him introducing me to several excellent Biodynamic producers, Jack and I have had many conversations about Biodynamism, and our opinions overlap by about 95%, with me being perhaps a slightly greater skeptic when it comes to the more "new age" aspects of the practices, and certainly an angrier old man when it comes to what I perceive as the unwillingness of many winemakers to separate the many clearly beneficial aspects of the program from the hooey. In short, I believe Biodynamism works, if only because the winemakers who are doing it are not stupid, and they wouldn't do anything that took that much extra time, money, and effort if they didn't get much better fruit as a result. But I don't believe it works because they stir their preparations exactly 50 times clockwise and 50 times counterclockwise.

I've had some lovely Biodynamic wines, and am very much looking forward to drinking one that was just sent to me recently from one of my favorite producers in Alsace.

If you have a blog and would like to participate in this monthly virtual wine tasting event, all you have to do is post a review of a biodynamic wine on January 17th, and then notify Jack and Joanne about your post. It's that easy. And if you don't have a blog, we can help you set one up to participate in the event, or Jack and Joanne will simply post your review on their site.

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