Gwen of Wine Predator has the Wine Pairing Weekend crew looking at Biodynamic Wines of the World. Read her invitation here. If you're reading this early enough, join us on Twitter for a live chat - Saturday, April 13th at 8am Pacific. Follow and use #WinePW. And here's the line-up for the event.
- Jeff of FoodWineClick!: Biodynamics in the Dolomites with Azienda Agricola Foradori
- Nancy of Pull That Cork: Celebrating Biodynamic Viticulture with Montinore Estate Pinot Noir
- Nicole of Somm's Table: Organic/Biodynamic/Natural: WTF Does It All Mean?????
- David of Cooking Chat: Beef and Lamb Tagine with a Special Wine from Lebanon
- Martin of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog: Beautiful Biodynamic Bubbles: Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionelle Brut
- Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairing: A Wine Lover’s Game Plan in Drinking Well - Biodynamic/Organic/Vegan Wines & Supplements
- Lauren of The Swirling Dervish: A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White: Biodynamic Wines from Montinore Estate with Dinner Tonight
- Linda of My Full Wine Glass: What’s in a Label? Separating the Certified Biodynamic Wine from the Wannabees
- Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm: Wine to Celebrate Earth Day
- Gwendolyn of Wine Predator: Go Biodynamic this Earth Month with Syrah from Narrow Gate and Cab from Beaver Creek
- Jill of L'Occasion: Bodegas Krontiras: A Biodynamic Expression of Mendoza
- Jennifer of Vino Travels: Biodynamic Wines of the Alto Adige with Alois Lageder
- Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Seabass Agli Agrumi + Wine from America's First Demeter-Certified Biodynamic Winery
Gwen has had us focusing on biodynamic wines in all of our wine groups this year, including #ItalianFWT and #Winophiles. For those events, I shared, respectively: Dinner in Testosterone Land: Braised Short Ribs + 2016 Nuova Cappelletta Barbera del Monferrato and Learning about Biodynamic Wines + M.Chapoutier Wines with Some Cross-Cultural Pairings. I'll be honest, I appreciate learning about biodynamic practices and I truly respect wineries that are following those practices - whether they get the certifications or not - but the designation is not a guarantee of a "good" wine, in my mind.
In My Glass
So, I was excited to have the chance to explore biodynamic wines a little closer to home this month. I located one from Mendocino - Frey Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - that read, "...bottled by America's 1st Demeter-certified biodynamic winery." Sweet!
Frey Vineyards is a third-generation family-owned and operated winery located at the headwaters of the Russian River in Mendocino County. They aim to meld modern and traditional winemaking methods to really showcase the distinct attributes of different grape varietals. And they have been crafting wine without added sulfites for over thirty years. They wholeheartedly embrace organic and biodynamic farming methods that promote biodiversity in the vineyard, referring to themselves as "stewards of the land"; in fact, they hold ninety percent of their estate as a natural habitat for native plants and animals.
This wine certainly feels like it mirrors a complex ecosystem. It's lively and velvety with flavors of spice and wild berries. And, at the finish, there's a perceptible note of elegant flowers. What a wine! I loved the complexity of this Cab.
On My Plate
- four seabass fillets (mine were just over 1/2 pound each)
- an assortment of citrus for roasting, squeezing, and serving (I used a mixture of organic lemons, blood oranges, grapefruits, and mandarins)
- freshly ground salt
- freshly ground pepper
- fennel pollen, optional
- Also needed: olive oil, parchment paper or silicone baking mat
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Thinly slice citrus and arrange them on a parchment paper or silicone mat-lined baking sheet. Place fish on top of the citrus and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fennel pollen, if using.
Arrange smaller segments of citrus on top of the fish. Squeeze citrus juice over the fish, then drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven and bake until just opaque, these took approximately 10 minutes.
If citrus slices have not browned or singed, place the pan under broiler for a minute. Serve drizzled with more olive oil and another squeeze of citrus. I served this with a wilted kale salad.