Daily Wine News: Biodynamic Wine’s Origin Story

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Demeter certification on a wine label. (Flickr: Daniel Spiess)

Demeter certification on a wine label. (Flickr: Daniel Spiess)

In SevenFifty Daily, Hannah Wallace traces the origin story of biodynamic wine. “Most wine industry professionals are familiar with the basic tenets of biodynamics, including precepts like the prohibition against the use of pesticides and artificial herbicides in the vineyard… The history of biodynamics in the wine industry, however, is less well known.”

“John Shafer was 48 years old in 1972, working as a textbook publisher in Chicago, when he decided to pick up and move his family to California to pursue wine, despite knowing very little about the business. He went on to create one of Napa’s first cult Cabernets in his Hillside Select and was among the pioneers of Napa’s Stags Leap District. Shafer died March 2 at the age of 94,” reports Aaron Romano in Wine Spectator.

Terravant Wine Company, Santa Barbara County’s largest winery announced that it has purchased Summerland Winery. WineBusiness.com shares more details.

In Eater, Jordan Salcito says to buy a decanter, but skip the aerator.

In VinePair, Jake Emen highlights Tohu Wines, New Zealand’s first Māori-owned winery.

Michael Edwards offers a producer profile of Veuve Clicquot in Decanter. (subscription req.)

On his Do Bianchi blog, Jeremy Parzen shares how impressed he was by Chicago’s wine scene.

In Forbes, Tom Mullen looks at South Africa’s ever-evolving wine scene.

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