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Cheers to Your Health: Learn About Biodynamic Wine

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef 

Paul Dolan Vineyards Offers a Variety of Award-Winning Biodynamic Wines

For many, wine is imbedded in their culture throughout history as an important element of a nourishing meal – present at every social gathering, used to celebrate, to mourn, in the company of others, or in solitude. Some even believe that drinking spirits with a meal aids in proper digestion. So what type of wine is best for your health?

It is a sad fact that viticulture, or the growing of grapes for the production of wine, has long been known as one of the leading employers of pesticide use in the United States and all over the planet. Grapes can be a very finicky fruit to grow, easily affected by the slightest change in temperature, moisture and sun exposure, which is why so many vintners utilize the protection of chemicals to ensure that the wines that they make from their harvest will be palatable. Thankfully, in recent years, organic farming practices have begun to reduce the negative effects of what was once such a pollutant laden fruit.

Viticulturists in the U.S., as well as France, Italy, Spain and New Zealand are going one step further by using new techniques to reduce their impact on the environment, and to produce wines that are better for their consumers.

Biodynamic agriculture is a form of farming that has been on the rise in all areas of agriculture, in recent years. Not only does biodynamics encompass all the practices of organic farming, but it also places a priority on being in synch with the natural flow of the universe. The lunar calendar, for instance, is just one of the many earth cycles that biodynamic viticulturists pay close attention to for its effects on their grapes. Much like the practice of Ayurveda, biodynamic farmers strive to have as little impact on their environment as possible, which allows them to yield a product that is as close to nature as one can get.

In addition to being better for the planet, biodynamic wine is better for your health, too. Many studies show that these wines, grown without pesticides, following the cycle of the moon, the sun and the stars are more pure and nutrient dense, making that glass of merlot an asset to a well balanced diet and a healthy, long life. So, cheers to your health!

Tis the season for biodynamic wines

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Recently, Natural Products Network featured an article toting the benefits of producing and consuming biodynamic wines. Many of our readers responded with some great commentary and a few of their favorite biodynamic labels. Thrilled with the feedback, we wanted to continue the discussion by sharing those recommendations, and some more of our own, with all of you.

Who doesn’t love wine and organic farming? Biodynamic viniculture combines them both with many benefits to the consumer and the environment.

So, now you can stock your bar with some great eco-friendly blends. We’ve put together a grocery list of some of the biggest names in wine making who have made the commitment to growing their grapes according to the biodynamic agriculture principles.  Enjoy!

Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills has been producing some of the finest wines in the Napa Valley region for over thirty years. Recommended by one of our readers, the Fume Blanc is made from Californian Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and retails for only $30. With notes of summer grass and passion fruit, this wine is the perfect accompaniment to seafood, salad and goat cheese. For those who are struggling to choose just one bottle, Grgich even sells mini bottle taster kits for only $29.99. The kits also double as a great gift.

Quivira Vineyards & Winery

Not far from Grgich Hills Estates, Quivira Vineyards is located in Healdsburg, California, in the world renowned Sonoma Valley. The Sonoma region has long been known for producing the most complex and balanced Zinfandel’s in the world, and Quivira Vineyards is no exception to this rule. With tones of wild blackberry and pepper, the Zinfandel is just one of the delicious wines that Quivira so artfully crafts every year, with the most diligent attention to detail, and always keeping in mind the natural flow of the universe.

Beckmen Vineyards

Located just north of Santa Barbara, California, along the outskirts of Los Padres National Forest, Beckmen Vineyards is yet another American vintner that has committed their vineyard to following the most fundamental growth cycles of nature. Best known for their amazing Sauvignon Blanc, Beckmen Vineyards grows their grapes on small lots, and produces a limited stock every year.

More International Biodynamic Wine

Domaine Lapierre – Beaujolais, France
Monte Bernardi – Tuscany, Italy
Rozendal Farm – South Africa
Pyramid Valley Vineyards – New Zealand
Emiliana Winery – Chile