Friday, November 18, 2011

Biodynamics are 'emotional black magic': Richard Smart

The organic and biodynamic winemaking lobby uses 'emotional black magic' to get its message across, the famous Viticulturalist Richard Smart will argue next month with biodynamic evangelist Monty Waldin in a debate at the headquarters of the WSET in London.

They are equally passionate in their views. Smart says his approach to viticulture is ‘based on conventional science, and not emotional “black magic. 
‘Organic [and] biodynamic producers considerably overstate the benefits of their approach to wine quality, consumers’ health and the environment,’ Richard argues.
Defending biodynamics, Monty argues that the ‘tastiest, healthiest grapes’ are produced when Nature is ‘stewarded not enslaved’.

Antony Moss MW, research and development director for WSET  will moderate the debate.

In the mean time, you can learn a lot more about biodynamics (and a few other things about viticulture and winemaking) by reading the book (kindle edition available as well) Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking by Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop MW

According to the San Francisco Chronicle (and I couldn't agree more) it is "An ocean's worth of savvy detail about both the more (organic farming, the endless shades of sustainability) and less (reverse osmosis, acidification) happy nuances of making wine."

And (in case you haven't done it yet) please join our fight: 


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