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Biodynamics: although it might sound like a new body-toning regime, it's actually an approach to farming that's been around since the 1920s. Broadly speaking it's an organic method of farming which sees the growing process in terms of a whole host of interconnected elements: soil, plants, animals and the lunar cycle.

How does this relate to wine drinking? Well, the biodynamic calendar, based on the phases of the moon, provides a guide as to when wine should taste best. The argument goes that the moon's cycle influences more than just the planet's tides; it influences all living things – and so if we think of wine as a 'living' product, its qualities will change in harmony with the different phases of the moon.

Based on this philosophy, the best days to drink wine are 'fruit' and 'flower' days as these will be the optimum times for the expression of flavours and aromas. Less favourable days are 'leaf', 'root' and 'avoid' days although this isn't to say that you shouldn't drink wine on these days; it's just about maximising your drinking pleasure. Just consider saving that special bottle of vintage Bordeaux until the calendar is in either 'fruit' or 'flower' and if you're aware a wine producer follows biodynamic methods, we'd strongly advise you to avoid their wines on non-fruit or flower days.

Check out when wine tastes best this week.

  • Fruit Day
  • Flower Day
  • Leaf Day
  • Root Day
Tuesday

27
July

Flower
'til
6pm

Flower

then Leaf
Wednesday

28
July

Leaf

Leaf


Thursday

29
July

Leaf Leaf


Friday

30
July

Leaf
'til
7pm
Leaf
then Fruit
Saturday

31
July

Fruit Fruit

  
Sunday

1
August

Fruit
'til
7pm
Flower
then Root
                  

Monday

2
August

Root Root
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