Laura Dave, Author of Eight Hundred Grapes, on Biodynamic Wine
We picked up Laura Dave's book, Eight Hundred Grapes, because it seemed like a fun read, which we are happy to report, it is. But we were also enchanted by the setting, a biodynamic vineyard in California's Sonoma County. We spoke to Laura about what it means for a wine to be biodynamic and why she set her story there.
There is a strong philosophy that governs biodynamic wine: the winemaking focuses on the land and the idea that whatever you take out of the land, you put back in. There are no chemicals, no additives, and no eggs (egg whites are often used to clarify red wine). There’s nothing to help you at the end. You use what the land and nature provide. You have to have an incredible amount of patience to make wine in this way and an incredible amount of faith.
Making wine in this way felt like a great metaphor for family. The faith you have to have, the patience, the fortitude, because it demands all of your energy, and sometimes it still doesn’t work out, and yet you have to give it your all if you even want a chance for it to work out.