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If you enjoy wine, chances are you’ve encountered many confusing terms on winery websites or restaurant wine lists. In an ongoing campaign to de-mystify the world of wine, it’s time to talk dirty – vineyard dirt, that is. “We grow our wines with Biodynamic principles!” states one winery while another boasts “Our vineyards are sustainably farmed”. All well and good, you may say, but what exactly does it all mean? Do these practices make a difference in my glass? And why should I even care? As in many areas of modern life, wine growers and producers are looking at their place in the world and their effects upon our planet. Wine is a food product and leaves an environmental footprint – either large or small – and for many consumers, what’s in their wine influences their purchasing decision. Some may opt for convenience and are happy to enjoy mass produced ‘grocery shelf wines’ that are sold at lower prices and deliver a consistent product, vintage to vintage. Others prefer a more ‘conscious’ world view in their glass and like to know how the grapes were grown and how much, if any, interference took place at the winery.

Big Blend Radio: Hilarie Larson discusses Biodynamic Wine. Here’s a look at the three main philosophies of winegrowing. Sustainable viticulture is widely practiced throughout the world’s wine regions. The basic principle is to leave the earth the same or, hopefully, better than one found it. Although there are no official, certifying institutions, growers and wineries follow guidelines set forth by The Winegrowers Sustainable Trust or the Lodi Rules that support biodiversity in the vineyard, social responsibility, a positive environmental impact, and resource conservation.

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