Preparation 501 is not the main ingredient used in a pair of button zipped Levi’s. Instead, it is one of the most important and most powerful elements of biodynamic agriculture. Made from crushed quartz crystal that has been buried within cow horns for 6 months during the ‘light’ time of the year – between spring … Continue reading Biodynamics 101 – Prep 501 – Use The Light Force
Moving closer towards artistic expression by “feeling our way to taste and flavour,” is the object of desire for Margaret River’s natural wine creators, Si Vintners. Owner/Winegrower’s, Sarah Morris and Iwo Jakimowicz (Si), fell into the deep dark, beautiful hole that is wine via a quirky combination of architecture, travel, art, surfing, and the obligatory … Continue reading Impressionist Winegrowers – Si Vintners, WA
If you trek out between the vine rows in any vineyard that practices biodynamics you will soon notice how your feet are welcomed into the soil underfoot with each progressive step. Your shoes sink ever so slightly, ever so softly into the moist brown dirt, and once you’ve reached the end of one vine row … Continue reading Biodynamics 101 – The Soil = The Soul
Natural wines are, apparently, the most divisive topic in the wine world right now. Well, if that is the case, then someone forgot to tell that to the fifteen or so curious people that showed up to Real Food, in Newtown, on Tuesday night. Co-conspirators Mike Bennie (wine writer, terroirist, and dab hand at organising artisan … Continue reading Licking Molten Lava with Mike Bennie
I recently watched a keynote speech ‘On Authenticity in Wine’ (below) by Mike Bennie, freelance wine writer and Wine/Drinks Editor for delicious magazine, speaking at the Pinot 2013 conference in Wellington, New Zealand. It got me thinking… There are no more gatekeepers. Traditional communication mediums have been broken up and divided into millions of different … Continue reading Charlatans and Monks – Authenticity in the Wine World?
According to Max Allen’s book, The Future Makers, the future of Australian wine is changing towards sustainability, which is being driven by a mix of economics, climate change and a shift towards more organic and biodynamic winegrowing. Economic factors are having a substantial impact with the high Australian dollar affecting export to the US and others – … Continue reading 2013 – New Year Resolutions And Beyond…
“To make the best wines possible,”… It was at this moment that I thought, ‘I should probably try a few (if not all) of these Macquariedale wines,’ and see, or rather taste for myself just how good they actually are. Ross led me over to the cellar door tasting bar. A small, but beautifully timbered … Continue reading A Visit to Macquariedale: Part Two
The Wine Idealist is a direct result of my time spent in London, serving, tasting, and drinking some of Europe’s most amazing examples of sustainable winemaking. Thanks, mostly in part to my boss, Giles, the owner of Albertine Wine Bar, I was exposed first hand to the current evolution (or is that revolution?) of wine … Continue reading Champions of Europe…