Guest Blogger – Scarlett King
I first met Holly in 2018. It was a brisk October morning in the vineyard, pruning sheers in hand, her and I got acquainted with one another. A few years have since past, and her and I have decided to collaborate – my knowledge of wine, alongside her ever-growing passion for sustainability – as we turn our focus on biodiversity within the world of wine.
Biodynamics (noun) – the study of physical motion or dynamics in living systems. But what does this mean for wine production?
In the year 1920, an Austrian Philosopher named Rudolf Steiner developed a method of farming focused around the lunar cycles and the energy of the planets. Through evidence of his findings, some viticulturists would practice such farming techniques, encompassing all the elements of nature to cultivate and produce high-quality (and pretty stellar tasting) wines.
Over a century later, biodynamic farming has become somewhat of a hot commodity. Omitting the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides during the growing period and replacing them with methods more in tune with nature, producers have been able to achieve what is to be considered 100% organic wine.
So, the next time you pick up a bottle of wine from your favourite organic producer, you can take comfort in knowing what’s in your glass.
“Wine is poetry in a bottle” – Cliffon Fadiman
If you’re anything like me, a glass of wine is like enjoying a good book. It takes you on a journey, heightens the senses, and leaves you wanting more. Each glass tells a story true to its heritage, which, of course, all starts in the vineyard.
Choosing the right wine is not always easy though, which is why I’m pleased to share with you some of my local go-to retailers for wine so good, it’s good for you! And the best part is: it’s all organic!
Visit a Vineyard
Plan a trip to some of Canada’s certified biodynamic/organic wineries. Enjoy your day tasting exquisite wines, local eats and why not pick yourself up a bottle… or two.
– Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON – Canada’s first biodynamic winery
– Tawse, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON – Certified Organic
– Stratus Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON – LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified
– Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC – Certified Organic
Reminiscent of a time when going out with friends and enjoying a glass of wine at your favourite restaurant was not just a dream… Thankfully, you can still pop into any one of these fine establishments for something to wet your whistle for pickup or delivery!
Whether the lockdown is coming to its long-awaited end, or not, grabbing a case of wine is never a bad idea. If you’re in the market for some delicious wine which is biodynamic, certified organic and sustainably produced, look no further. Order a curated pack or choose for yourself, this agency has you covered.
However, or wherever you choose to indulge, sustainably-conscious wine is paving its way for the growers of our future. We can all do our part to remain eco-friendly without sacrificing quality.
Scarlett King – The Crimson Table