By Steve Siciliano
I’m not sure how many of our readers know or, for that matter care, that last Saturday was the first day of the lunar new year. I wasn’t aware of this rather esoteric bit of knowledge myself until one of our wine reps mentioned it a couple of weeks back when we were deciding on which wines to feature at an in-store tasting. “I just remembered, the 25th is the lunar new year!” Bradford Hammerchmidt exclaimed, his eyes widening. “We should taste biodynamic wines that day.”
“The lunar new Year? What does the lunar new year have to do with vino?” I asked. “And what the hell are biodynamic wines?”
Biodynamic wines, Bradford explained, are made with a set of farming practices that view the vineyard as one solid organism. The ecosystem functions as a whole with each portion of the vineyard helping to create a self-sustaining system. Animals such as ducks, sheep, cows and horses fertilize the soil. Chemicals and pesticides are never used. The intent of biodynamic farming is to keep the land in as good or better shape for future generations.