German wines are going through some changes in both winemaking and labeling. Production of organic and biodynamic German wines is on the rise, and some winemakers have banded together to institute a new voluntary classification system that will be more approachable for the consumer.
“How do we farm in such a way that we actually contribute to the expression and the nature of our products?” asked Paul Dolan. This was one of the questions taken up by an all-star cast of winemakers from around the globe during “Speaking of Wine: A Discussion of People, Place and Time.”
The debate in wine geek circles surrounding the concept of “natural wine” seems to be unending. From the uselessness of the term “natural” to hyperbolic accusations on both sides (chemical agriculture and slaves of Monsanto vs. hippies and producers of flawed wines), the arguments for and against “natural wine” have almost become trite.
Over three years ago I started attending meetings in Southold Town Hall that were convened to discuss a new wind energy code for agricultural lands. Our town leaders were not yet ready to allow residential properties to construct wind turbines but thought it was time to allow them on agricultural lands. There was passionate discussion on both ends of the spectrum.