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Organics and Biodynamics: A night with Jonah Beer of Frog’s Leap winery
April 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an amazing evening with a special guest, to better understand a very important topic: “green” wines.
ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC, DRY FARMING, and how to make AMAZING WINES IN NAPA VALLEY, with special guest Jonah Beer of Frog’s Leap Winery.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jonah Beer of Frog’s Leap winery for nearly fifteen years, and I can honestly say there is nobody I’d rather have present the science and ideas behind sustainable, organic, biodynamic, and dry farming than Jonah.
He’s a powerhouse of information, and expect to learn more than you ever thought possible about the history of Napa Valley, the evolution of thought in the valley regarding use of herbicides and pesticides, the deabte about what a ‘balanced’ wine is all about, and choices when it comes to water usage and conservation.
We will taste the portfolio of Frog’s Leap wines in the process, including the relatively new but already legendary Rutherford Estate Cabernet (wait until you hear the story on this one!).
I hope you can make it for this very special night of friends and wine!
Photo: John Williams of Frog’s Leap, discussing the use of a cow horn in Biodynamic preparations
It’s a hot-button issue today, and one that is tremendously misunderstood. When we’re talking about “Green Wine” or wine that mentions the word “Organic” on the label, what are we truly talking about? Is this wine better for us, or do we convince ourselves that we like it more because we think we are supposed to like it more?
These are tough questions, because we are taught that anything better for the environment is what we are supposed like more.
And what about sulfites? How does this play into the debate?
In this new class we’ll approach the topic first with a broad scope, focusing on the different labels and terminology so you learn what is legally important, what it means, and how it impacts the final product. We’ll cover the difference between “Organic Wine” and “Made with Organic Grapes” plus a dozen other important terms you may come across. We’ll also discuss the “Natural Wine” movement which is quite controversial to many in the industry.
Then we’ll go into the big three categories (Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic), with emphasis on the topic of Biodynamic farming and what it entails. Few topics in the wine world are as thought provoking (and at the same time controversial) as Biodynamics. The farming system developed by Rudolph Steiner in the early 20th century has revolutionized how many modern farmers go about their work, but has also brought out scientists who proclaim it to be without merit. Can the position of the moon truly affect the outcome of a plant? Does the rhymic cycles of tidal influence chance how a grapevine metabolizes? Most controversial, can the astrological sign that the moon passes through change how a wine tastes at any given moment? These questions and many more will be discussed as we taste through a selection of high quality wines relating to the topic.