:: By: Adriana Cesar, Special Contributor to Genuine Joy ::
Biodynamic Wine… What!? No worries, it’s not nuclear! Recently, I was delighted to attend Stacey Vandiver’s and Ann Marie Barbour’s “Dark & Divine...Dinner & Wine.” The Dynamic Duo from Soul Body, collaborated with the talented chefs at the Olive Room, to host an eco-organically rich dinner affair.
The Olive Room is a downtown rooftop restaurant with a modern-chic dining room, an open kitchen, a great view overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and is walking distance from the dynamic neighborhoods of Fell’s Point and Harbor East.
Fourteen friends came out to this intimate affair. This dinner experience was my first experience with “biodynamic” wines. Our host wanted his guests to be spiritually connected with the pairing of wine and food. The art of pairing “biodynamic” wines to go with each meal is a carefully cultivated philosophy, he explained: “Have an open mind and let your body and soul really taste and experience the food,” he told us. He is well-versed in the evolving techniques utilized at these vineyard's to cultivate the highest quality grapes possible without the use of any pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth stimulants or GMOs.
A “biodynamic” vineyard meets or exceeds the standards and regulations for organic certified farming. The biodynamic farmer also pays attention to creating a healthy soil that allows the vine to grow in natural cycles. This type of farming came about in the 1920s, inspired by the lectures of Austrian philosopher and biodynamic proponent Rudolf Steiner.
In regards to the taste of Biodynamic wines vs Organic wines, Biodynamic wines have a slight enhancement of purity and “natural” characteristics due to how it is farmed. As mentioned previously, biodynamic and organic wines avoid synthetic herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers. However, organics don’t take into consideration the spiritual side of the farming. For example, it’s like a yoga teacher who teaches the art of medication to his/her students. It’s all about the process that supports the growth of the body-mind; fostering the development of each of his/her own unique personality, which supports creativity and expression. And so biodynamic farming is the same way; respecting the process, since each farmer and winery is different spiritually in how it connects the soil, plant and planet.
Is drinking biodynamic wines beneficial? YES! Like red wines and grapes, these win have many health benefits; which are enhanced by the fact that they are free from artificial fertilizers, chemical sprays…and all natural.
The benefits of biodynamic wines include:
- Resveratrol: activates anti-aging powers in cell mitochondria via a gene associated with longevity
- Also may fight cancer, obesity and diabetes
- Lowers bad cholesterol by reducing risk of blood clots
- Has procyanidins which may lessen risk of heart disease
- Contains Antioxidants: Flavonodis which help prevent the formation of "reactive oxygen species" responsible for sunburn and UV-related cell destruction…stay looking young!
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing. ~ Ernest Hemingway”
Adriana Cesar is the founder of online magazine The Urban Athletica, a fit model and fitness enthusiast who is a seven time fitness competitor. She is also the Creative Director at Joao Cesar Jewelers, Inc., where she is currently working along with her father, in designing her own jewelry line. Keep up with Adriana on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.