I read an interesting article on wine the other day when I was flying home from New York. It was in the fancy American Airlines business class magazine, which tends towards luxury products and ads for ugly diamond-studded watches. (Is it called Nexos? No, I think that’s the one that’s all in Spanish, which I try to read for the sake of practice and then give up after the Editors’ Letter, Perspectiva.) Anyway, I remember thinking that I should blog about this article, but that’s about all I can remember now because, frankly, my thoughts turn survivalist as soon as the plane pulls out from the gate and I have to focus on mantras and affirmations and what to order from the drink cart instead of whatever the heck magazine my palms are sweating all over.
So excuse me while I search the internet for a moment.
OK, back now. The magazine is called Celebrated Living. Obviously, I don’t fly business class often enough to know that. But that will change. This celebrated issue of Celebrated Living has Andy Garcia on the cover, looking dapper in his golf whites. It’s all coming back to me now… Wait a minute, I just found the article and it was actually in the regular old American Way magazine. But it was in the business class seat pocket in front of me, so I can still rub it in, right?
Getting to the point (I promise), in Drinking with the Stars, Linda Rodriguez McRobbie talks about an interesting aspect of biodynamic wine growing. Namely that wine tastes better on certain days:
Following the principle that the lunar cycle affects all living things on the planet (and that wine is itself a living thing), [German agricultural guru Maria] Thun uses the phases of the moon and the constellations it passes through to predict when wine will taste best.
There are calendars and whatnot indicating which days—fruit, flower, leaf, or root—are the best for tasting. Nice idea, but I’m not convinced. My favorite part of the article is that there are a ton of winemakers and sellers who don’t really believe in this, but still hold their big tasting events on fruit days. Just in case. A little superstitious, yeah?
I wanted to look up which kinds of days we’ll have next weekend for the big SF Vintners Festival, but apparently you have to purchase these calendars. It’s not very biodynamically-minded to charge people for that sort of thing, if you ask me. Maybe it’s for the best, though. I get superstitious enough just flying on airplanes.