Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers

Voodoo Vintners Oregon s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers Could cow horns vortexes and the words of a prophet named Rudolf Steiner hold the key to producing the most alluring wines in the world and to saving the planet In Voodoo Vintners wine writer Kather

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  • Title: Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers
  • Author: Katherine Cole
  • ISBN: 9780870716058
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Could cow horns, vortexes, and the words of a prophet named Rudolf Steiner hold the key to producing the most alluring wines in the world and to saving the planet In Voodoo Vintners wine writer Katherine Cole reveals the mysteries of biodynamic winegrowing, tracing its practice from Paleolithic times to the finest domaines in Burgundy today At the epicenter of the AmeriCould cow horns, vortexes, and the words of a prophet named Rudolf Steiner hold the key to producing the most alluring wines in the world and to saving the planet In Voodoo Vintners wine writer Katherine Cole reveals the mysteries of biodynamic winegrowing, tracing its practice from Paleolithic times to the finest domaines in Burgundy today At the epicenter of the American biodynamic revolution are the Oregon winemakers who believe that this spiritual style of farming results in the truest translations of terroir and the purest pinot noirs possible Cole introduces these voodoo vintners, examining their motivations and rationalizations and explaining why the need to farm biodynamically courses through their blood.Her engaging narrative answers the call of oenophiles everywhere for information about this beyond organic style of farming.

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    1. Reading this book makes me wish I had more income to spend on wine because I would use it to search out vineyards that used more traditional growing methods, though not necessarily biodynamic certified. The move towards biodynamic is much like the move towards getting produce from a CSA, there's a return to more natural production and an assurance that there is more quality in what you are buying. The author repeatedly states that in blind taste tests the biodynamic wines almost always win, beca [...]

    2. An interesting look at a decidedly strange way to grow grapes and make wine. I must say I am one of the biodynamic naysayers, and I like how the author gives plenty of space to refuting many of the far out claims that biodynamic adherents make. The chapter that really killed me was the science or science fiction chapter. I hate it when people who have no formal education in physics talk about quantum physics and use it to explain things that are clearly not quantum mechanics, not related to quan [...]

    3. Overall, as someone on the pursuit of increased wine knowledge, I found this book to be an incredibly interesting, informative, & fun read on the subject of biodynamics. While the focus is on biodynamic wines, vineyards, & winemakers of Oregon, there was also a decent amount on the history/principles of biodynamics, as well as its application in food & farming, and the counter culture to mass food production that rose out of the chemical advances of WWI. While this book might not be [...]

    4. While reading this book, I happened to see biodynamic grapes at the Whole Foods. Intrigued, I bought some and brought them home. They were smaller than usual, many speckled with brown spots, and particularly hard to break off the spindly grape vine. They were also the sweetest green grapes I have ever eaten. I'm looking forward to experimenting with biodynamic wine. My one wish is that she had a neat list of the vineyards, wineries and wines discussed in the book, so I would have an easy shoppin [...]

    5. This book was very interesting. I didn't know much about biodynamics and also thought it was quite hoakie but apparently there are a lot of winemakers in Oregon and France using this. It can be traced back to the way people farmed hundreds of years ago without chemicals and basing their schedules on phases of the moon. It has a lot of merit but it's not for everyone. If only they could tell me how to get rid of all the voles creating havick in my garden!

    6. A good overview of biodynamic farming, and how it's being practiced in Oregon. I appreciated the balanced approach. Biodynamics is pretty nutty, and Cole is clearly a skeptic, but the proof is in the wine. If you're into Oregon wine, this is a good profile of some of the top names, although the profiles are pretty shallow. A good read for those interested in the topic.

    7. This is a really interesting book that explains some of the mystery behind biodynamic wines. I read it in a few days, as it was a really enjoyable story as well as being informative. The author does a good job of trying to present an un-biased view of biodynamics, and for the most part succeeds. I definitely would recommend to anyone who is into wine

    8. If you are from Oregon, interested in biodynamic farming, and enjoy an occasional glass of Pinot, you should read this fascinating book.

    9. This book is just not all that well written, and I'm giving up now at about half way through. The topic should have been interesting, and I'll look for a better book on the subject.

    10. Decent and good read, but not great. Ended it with more questions and the need to read more on this subject.

    11. Well, I am going to be editing this book for a magazine, so I will provide a link when the issue comes out. More to come

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