Tag Archives: Biodynamic

Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken, 2011, Mosel, Germany

15 Oct

073Clemens Busch and his wife Rita are on the frontline of biodynamic viticulture and minimal-intervention winemaking in the Mosel. Their 2011 Riesling Trocken (German: “Dry”) is loaded with mouthwatering citrus, ripe pear and a layer of stony minerality to boot. Pop a bottle with sautéed Korean catfish over sugar snap peas. $25

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H&M Hofer Organic Zweigelt Rosé, 2012, Weinland, Austria

17 Aug

DSCN1960-001Zweigelt is an Austrian hybrid grape, a cross of native varieties Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, created by Dr. Friedrich Zweigelt in the early 20th Century. It’s typically vinified as a dry red wine, but it also makes knockout rosé. Hofer’s organic (they’ve been voluntarily organic and biodynamic since the ’80s–note the “BIO” in the center of the “O” in the label shot at right) version is both fresh and dense, with zingy acidity and a supple mouthfeel. It shows notes of orange zest and marzipan, with a touch of ripe red raspberry. Beautiful stuff for alfresco appetizers, maybe char-grilled eggplant with harissa-spiked yogurt sauce on grilled flatbread. $20

Mas de Libian “Cave Vinum” White Blend, 2012, Rhône Valley, France

13 Aug

DSCN1767-001Cave vinum (Latin): “Beware the wine.” Named after the inscription Cave canem (“Beware of the dog”) found in the ruins of Pompeii, this white blend makes its presence felt as soon as the cork pops and the bouquet begins to waft. But fear not: this is delicious wine, a white blend of 45% Viognier, 35% Roussanne, and 20% Clairette from the Ardèche region of France’s southern Rhône valley. Notes of sweet citrus, lemongrass and fennel are accented by a refreshing seam of acidity. A fascinating, savory, soil-driven wine that should perform well with spicy braised chicken thighs. $16