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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Acres USA (Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911311602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911311600
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2001
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Nicolas Joly is a highly respected man. His work has been, and still is, a benchmark, as his wines and philosophy, for the most enthusiastics producers. His strong belief in biodynamie is a success, this book is also one.
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Caring for the wine AND the soil 16 Jun. 2000
By Constanze - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for both, laymen and wine experts, on biodynamic winemaking. Nicolas Joly explains in a very simple way, why it is worth using all our senses at winemaking. Biodynamics respects nature's peculiarities in a positive sense and thus helps the vine to incorporate these specific characteristics into the wine. The origin of the so called "denominacion d'origine controlee". If all farmers, not only wine growers could respect their most cherrished input, the soil, as biodinamic wine growers do, what a wonderful world this would be! No more instransparent subsidies from States to the agribusinesses, no more hunger, and less diseases in the world.Bravo Nicolas! Welcome good wine, great wine.
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Expanded Awareness 17 Dec. 2006
By P. Breed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow! Through this book, Joly invited me to expand my awareness beyond planting a vine, spraying it with the "right" chemicals, harvesting the fruit and making the wine. He stirred my consciousness to recall and reconnect that which I have chosen to forget about this planet, this ever-changing life of whose whole-ness I am an integral part.

Based on Rudolf Steiner's concepts and research on agriculture, Joly's book introduced me to biodynamic agriculture. As described in Wine from Sky to Earth, biodynamics "is mainly the task of achieving a deeper understanding of the natural system within which a farm or vineyard is located and from which it receives its life forces."

Joly opines, "the key factor in making a good wine is to understand nature and help it - one becomes nature's assistant rather than `a wine maker'." I found my awareness shifting as Joly contends, "it is on the land, in the middle of his vines, that the wine-maker `makes' the wine."

I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing a stronger connectivity to his/her vines and wine.
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wish I read other reviews before 3 April 2012
By error - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I read the reviews talking about pseudo-science before. While it is true there is a lot of hocus-pocus there are also some good parts. I am sure the author means well but he probably does not have enough of a scientific background to discern what is valid in Steiner's methods and what is pure "fertilizer"
A must read for wine professionals and wine lovers 7 Jun. 2012
By Olivier Magny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My interest for biodynamic wines came first and foremost from tasting a number of them. The literature on the subject frequently lacks informative elements if you're already familiar with the general idea of biodynamics. This one doesn't.
Nicolas Joly is the owner of La Coulée de Serrant in France and one of the most vocal advocates of biodynamic viticulture in the world. He shares here a number of points of view but also actual technical information.
Surely, the book shall upset people whose "scientific" mind limits their ability to go beyond what is commonly accepted scientific knowledge these days. They may even point out some inaccuracies and be quick to categorize it as pseudo-science.
But the essence of biodynamic has to do with energies and with the cosmos - it sure sounds esoteric, and it is. The beauty of many biodynamic ones, on the other hand, is not. Which makes this stimulating and enriching book a must read for wine professionals and wine lovers alike - those with an open mind at least.
This book will answer all of your questions about biodynamic ... 12 Mar. 2015
By M. F. Benson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will answer all of your questions about biodynamic wine. With an answer that it is largely the same thing as homeopathy, and in fact uses homeopathic techniques and remedies as part of its protocol.
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