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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Running Naked in the Vineyards

At Araujo, one of Napa's most famous Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards is farmed biodynamically

Posted: September 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

"I was reading an article that was talking about people running naked through the vineyards. It really wasn't a serious article, but that storyline kept me hooked,"' said Bart Araujo, dryly, when I asked him how he got interested in biodynamic farming. "And then I got to the second page, and it mentioned Nicolas Joly and Huët. And also de Vogüé, DRC and Leflaive. And Zind-Humbrecht. I asked myself, well, if it's good enough for those guys, why isn't it good enough for me?"

Araujo, 68, has applied a pragmatic approach to the Eisele vineyard ever since he and his wife, Daphne, purchased it in 1990. They've kept the historical name of the vineyard (named for Milt Eisele, who planted much of it and tended it into his later years before selling it) and improved upon the site's impressive track record for producing some of Napa's best Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc bottlings.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Biodynamics, Up Close and Personal

Valeria Huneeus talks science and biodynamics during my visits to Quintessa and Flowers

Posted: September 7, 2012  By James Molesworth

When it comes to biodynamics, I've never been a skeptic. But I haven't embraced it fully either. Much of the farming method's doctrine makes sense, but little has been proven. It's originator, Rudolf Steiner, often spoke in analogies which sound reasonable on the surface but have little proof. It's been left up to those who read his work to interpret and form what has today become biodynamic farming.

So it was with great interest that I got to spend the day with Valeria Huneeus and her team at Quintessa. Huneeus has been the driving force behind California's Quintessa since its founding in 1990. A believer in biodynamics, Huneeus also has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and nutrition, a seemingly perfect balance of science and common sense to help me understand biodynamics a bit more. Along with biodynamic consultant Alan York, winemaker Charles Thomas, viticulturist Michael Sipora and vineyard manager Martin Galvan, we walked the the vineyard of Quintessa yesterday.

Aug 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

On Long Island, a Move to Green

Posted: August 31, 2012  By Dana Nigro

June 15, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Chile Debuts National Eco-Certification for Wine

Posted: June 15, 2012  By Dana Nigro

June 15, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Green Talk: Miguel Torres Jr.

Posted: June 15, 2012  By Dana Nigro

May 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Italy’s Back-to- the-Land Vintners

Individualistic and sometimes iconoclastic, these winemakers look to the past for clues on making distinctive wines

Posted: May 31, 2012  By Robert Camuto

News & Features  :  News

Long Island Wineries Set Out to Prove Their Green Cred

Not content with simply being “local,” winegrowers create a sustainability certification and education program to spread eco-friendly practices

Posted: May 23, 2012  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  News

Controversial Mosel Bridge Appears On Hold

Work ceases on bridge and highway that could jeopardize vineyards; government won't explain why

Posted: May 3, 2012  By Victoria Daskal

News & Features  :  News

Sonoma Hillside Vineyards Face Tough New Rules

Concerns about erosion and development mean growers will pay more to develop prized higher-altitude terrain

Posted: May 1, 2012  By Tim Fish

April 30, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Fight Over Organic Labeling Leaves Sulfites Rule As Is

Posted: April 30, 2012  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Wineries Make It Easy to Be Green This Earth Day

Help save the planet this Earth Day with these eco-conscious vintners

Posted: April 19, 2012  

March 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Going Beyond Glass

How different types of wine packaging stack up

Posted: March 31, 2012  By Dana Nigro

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What's with these "biodynamic" wines?

Posted: March 19, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

U.S. and Europe Have Different Definitions of Organic Wine

A fight over labeling leaves American producers at odds over the meaning of organic, even as the European Union allows added sulfites

Posted: February 24, 2012  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Best of Unfiltered 2011

All eyes were on the scantily clad pin-up princesses of the Austrian wine industry and the hunky Sonoma winemaking Bachelorette suitor in 2011, but a looming international wine crime wave demanded attention as well

Posted: December 29, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Cows on Wine: More, Better Milk and Less Gas?

Plus, David Chang Down Under and Robert Mondavi wines on hand for Madonna's directorial debut

Posted: December 15, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Celebrity Nuptials in Wine Country

Plus, St.-Emilion's budget crisis and some impressive charity donations from Opus One and Heron Hill

Posted: October 27, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Dave Matthews' Wine Dream

Plus, AOC controversy in France and a Champagne-inspired art auction raises $10,000 for charity

Posted: October 20, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Tragedy Meets Wine Irony in New Zealand

Plus, Domaine Clarence Dillon supports the Clinton Foundation for the president's 65th birthday and a best-selling Japanese wine comic gets its U.S. debut

Posted: October 13, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Padma Asks, Are You a Good Wine Host?

Plus, an Argentinean winery gets behind an effort to save mountain communities from climate change, and a new gateway wine (?)

Posted: September 15, 2011  

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