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When Wine Tastes Best 2010: A Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers [Calendar]

Maria Thun , Matthias K. Thun
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21 Sep 2009
When you buy a bottle of wine to enjoy at home, wouldn't you like to know when it's going to be at its best? Based on Maria Thun's biodynamic calendar, this handy little pocket guide tells you which days are optimum wine-drinking days, and which days to avoid if you want to get the most out of your glass. At least two supermarket chains only do their wine tastings on the best days as indicated by this calendar! It starts in December 2009 to cover the Christmas season.

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  • Calendar: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (21 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863157254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157257
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 10 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A number of heavy weights in the wine industry agree with her - supermarkets Tesco and Marks & Spencer only hold tastings on the days which her calendar says are favourable' -- Jamie Irving, Greatgrapes Blogspot 'Anyone saving those extra-special bottles for christmas and the New Year might want to consult a new biodynamic tasting calendar.' -- Richard Woodward, 'Whatever you think about biodynamic viticulture, it might be a fun experiment' -- Julia Harding, 'David Motion, owner of The Winery in London's Maida Vale is now a convert and stocks a range of biodynamic vintages. "A root day wont make a good wine taste bad, but on a fruit day the wine is amost leaping out the bottle and singing ta-dah!' -- Jessica Fellows, 'Any critics reading this (I'm sure there are one or two!) might like to know that according to the Thuns, and leading organic/biodynamic writer Hilary Wright, it has been shown that using biodynamic techniques can have a significant effect on the quality of produce.' -- Colin Harkness, Costa News

About the Author

Maria Thun and her son, Matthias, base this calendar on over forty years of biodynamic research and experience at their farm in Germany.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Palate pleaser 26 Feb 2010
Superstitious nonsense or not? The only way to truly discover whether wines taste better on some days (flower/fruit days) over others (root/leaf) is to try them against this calendar. The calendar is devised by Maria Thun and based on Biodynamic principals founded by Rudolph Steiner (roughly it works on phases of the moon).
I work in the wine industry and am aware that some major supermarkets and wine merchants aim their tastings for the days when the wines should show their best according to the biodynamic calendar. I am also aware that the same wine drunk on different days can show great variation so it is interesting to see if there is a correlation to this calendar.
Early days obviously but an entertaining experiment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting approach for wine drinkers 1 Jan 2010
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If you spend any time around winemakers in France these days you will hear about biodynamic farming. You will also hear about fruit, flower, root and leaf days and what you should and should not do in the cellar and in the vineyard on which days. The biodynamists claim that wines show at their best on fruit and flower days, and not so well on root and leaf days.

So what does it all mean? This little book (all of 48 pages, in 4 inch by 6 inch format) will give you a quick explanation of the biodynamic calendar and month by month charts showing the fruit, flower, leaf and root days from December 1, 2009 to the end of December 2010. Does the position of the moon, planets and constellations in the sky really affect the wine you bring up from your cellar (or grab off a retail shelf) for dinner this evening? Difficult to know for certain, but with this calendar in hand, you can begin to experiment for yourself. And you might just hold off on opening that bottle of '61 Latour or '78 La Tache until the next fruit day rolls around.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Insane astrology 25 Feb 2010
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Maria Thun is one of the most famous people behind the Biodynamic movement and she has obviously found a new way of making money on selling her theories not only to gullible wine makers, but now also to equally gullible consumers. It says in the foreword that Tesco and Marks & Spencer hold tastings according to this calendar, and I really hope that is a lie cause otherwise I have to seriously doubt the competence of the employees of these companies.

The booklet is simply a calendar that has recommendations on which dates and times of day that the stars are right for wine drinking. Its like ordinary astrology, but under a disguise of science although no scientific studies have been performed on the topic. I recommend this book only if you are 1) Completely Insane 2) Member of at least five New Age organizations or 3) Looking for a good laugh. If you have any knowledge in wine or science or both, you will find this booklet hilarious.
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