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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, September 23 2021

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

By: Anthony Gismondi
Biodynamics, is it the ultimate path to provenance?

After 15 years of beating the biodynamic drum in British Columbia, Gabriel and Ezra Cipes share with us the family's vision of farming and community and what they have learned from experience.

If you do nothing but watch the first minute of the video and listen to Gabriel Cipes' aria about what it means to consume a biodynamic wine, you will know all you need to know about the Cipes family and their conviction about going organic and biodynamic and taking the valley with them on the journey.

We follow Gabriel as he walks the "farm," quietly explaining the many interconnected systems they have spawned to enrich the soil and be fully in harmony with nature. Next, we discuss the pillars of biodynamics, such as composting, biodiversity and animals. Then, in our conversations with Ezra and winemaker Michael Alexander, we learn about the differences between biodynamic and organic growing and how intention differs between biodynamic and conventional farmers. We also ask the question, whether biodynamic wines trump the organic version. The answer might surprise you. 

If the benefits of buying organic food are generally accepted, the same value does not seem to transfer to wine purchases, at least not yet. However, convincing the world to slow down and retune to Mother Nature's way is not an easy task. While biodynamic growing has long been considered esoteric wisdom, possibly because it's laced with mysticism and cosmic connections, our goal with the help of the Cipes family was to remove a bit of the mystery without removing the magic.

 

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.