Rosemary George is a Master of Wine wine writer spending a big part of the year in the Languedoc. Languedoc is the region with the highest proportion of organic wine producers in France. So it was natural for us to include quite a lot of winery recommendations from the Languedoc in our book on organic wines: Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture.
This led to that Rosemary became interested in reviewing our organic wine book. Which she did. She has now published her lovely review on her eminently readable blog Taste Languedoc.
Here are some excerpts of what she had to say about our book:
The Languedoc is one of the fast growing areas for organic viticulture in France, so it seems highly appropriate to review the most recent addition to the growing literature on organic viticulture.
[The book is] written in a down to earth manner, with a very straightforward approach. You may think that sounds rather dry but the text is beautifully lightened by some evocative photographs, including picturesque views of vineyards covered in wild flowers.
The contents page provides a succinct resumé. [You can see the full table of contents here.]
They look at disease and pest control by natural means, and explain the steps a wine grower has to take to become organic. And once I read the chapter on Biodynamic Wine Production, I understood the different preparations for the first time.
You cannot but notice that [Britt and Per] are very level headed and unemotional about what can be a very emotive subject.
Like so many wine books, it is not necessarily a book to sit down and read in one go. However, it makes a very useful reference, providing a comprehensive overview. I certainly felt that at the end of it I understood rather more about the subject than a few hours earlier.
Well, then we have achieved our objective, that the reader should come out of it at least a little bit wiser on this thorny subject.
Many thanks, Rosemary!
You can read the full review here: Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking by Britt & Per Karlsson.
If you are the least bit interested in wines from the south of France, and from the Languedoc in particular, then you should definitely read Rosemary’s blog. It has a wealth of information and commentary on this exciting region: Taste Languedoc – a blog about the wines of the South of France.
There is also a comment on Rosemary’s book review from a reader, called AlanM, that I share with you with pleasure:
I agree it explains biodynamics particularly clearly and I found the book easy to read even through the more technical sections. Definitely a useful addition to my library.
Thank you Alan!
Here is more information about the book: Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture. And about all our wine books.
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