Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers

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Could cow horns, vortexes, and the words of a prophet named Rudolf Steiner hold the key to producing the most alluring wines in the world—and to saving the planet?

In Voodoo Vintners wine writer Katherine Cole reveals the mysteries of biodynamic winegrowing, tracing its practice rom Paleolithic times to the finest domaines in Burgundy today. At the epicenter of the American biodynamic revolution are the Oregon winemakers who believe that this spiritual style of farming results ...

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Overview

Could cow horns, vortexes, and the words of a prophet named Rudolf Steiner hold the key to producing the most alluring wines in the world—and to saving the planet?

In Voodoo Vintners wine writer Katherine Cole reveals the mysteries of biodynamic winegrowing, tracing its practice rom Paleolithic times to the finest domaines in Burgundy today. At the epicenter of the American biodynamic revolution are the Oregon winemakers who believe that this spiritual style of farming results in the truest translations of terroir and the purest pinot noirs possible.

Cole introduces these "voodoo vintners," examining their motivations and rationalizations and explaining why the need to farm biodynamically courses through their blood.

Her engaging narrative answers the call of oenophiles everywhere for more information about this "beyond organic" style of farming.

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Editorial Reviews

Eric Asimov
In almost any discussion of wine these days, the subject of biodynamic viticulture is likely to come up. Yet nobody has sought to explain biodynamics and its history in plain, easy-to-understand language. Katherine Cole, a wine columnist in Portland, Ore., remedies that with her new book, Voodoo Vintners: Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870716058
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 851,076
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Cole has been a wine columnist for The Oregonian since 2002 and is the wine columnist and blind-tasting coordinator for MIX, Portland's Magazine of Food + Drink. She lives in Portland, Oregon. www.katherinecole.com

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 In the Old Country 11

Chapter 2 The Gospel of Rudolf Steiner 27

Chapter 3 The Banality of Cow Horns and Broomsticks 42

Chapter 4 Science … or Sci-Fi? 61

Chapter 5 The Neo-Naturalists 75

Chapter 6 The Burgundians 86

Chapter 7 The Oregonians 97

Chapter 8 Big Biodynamics 109

Chapter 9 The Glam Factor 120

Chapter 10 The Green Factor 136

Chapter 11 The Naysayers 148

Chapter 12 Laly Ahnkuttie 160

Notes on Sources 169

Index 177

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Biodynamic wines are super-hot right now, but the books on the s

    Biodynamic wines are super-hot right now, but the books on the subject tend to be super confusing and dense. This books takes a show-don't-tell approach by telling the stories of some very interesting biodynamic producers, explaining why they chose to farm and make wine this way. Entertaining stuff.

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