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The Decanter World Wine Awards are the self-proclaimed “most influential wine competition in the world.”  On Monday, the named the organic and Biodynamic® wine store Vintage Roots the Specialist Independent Merchant of the Year.

From the press release,

The prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards, bastion of all that is classic in the wine world,  recognised the powerful changes of the 21st Century wine world on Monday 1st of September, as it announced for the first time an Organic and Biodynamic wine merchant as its Specialist Independent Merchant of the Year.

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Cleve Twitchell of the Mail Tribune wrote a nice update on Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden and also briefly reviewed their Syrah:

Cowhorn 2006 Syrah ($32) is a special, distinctive, rich wine that holds up well after opening. I thought it was at its best on day three. The aftertaste has a hint of sweetness.

Cowhorn is becoming an in demand vineyard as their wines age and Biodynamic® wines gain in popularity in the United States.

See our previous news on Cowhorn here.

Cooking Up a Story has a well-produced 6 minute video segment on Biodynamic® wines.  The site has a nice, PBS-style vibe while providing helpful insight.  As more farms, companies, and wines seek Biodynamic® certification, we’ll be discovering more and more videos online.

As a side note, Rebecca Gerendasy, the site’s founder, has been a great steward to the Pacific Northwest food scene.

Jurlique received great pre-launch buzz for their new Biodynamic Beauty Range line.  WallPaper* , Beauty Girl Musing, and Makeup for Life all posted about the new line.  Since it’s June launch, In summary, via Wallpaper*, the new lin

In the new range, Jurlique has created a potent blend of biodynamic and organic ingredients to address the signs of aging, such as fine lines and discoloration. Made up of a serum, refining treatment, eye cream and night lotion, the formulas are based around a signature biodynamic blend: a composition of liquorice root, camomile, violet and black elder that brightens skin by combating redness and rebalancing dryness.

Phyllis, of Makeup for Life, writes,

An ingredient that I find very interesting in this range is Totarol, which comes from the recycled heartwood of the Totara Tree found in New Zealand. Totara trees can live up to 1000 years because the Totarol inside of them is a powerful antioxidant which helps to prevent microbial attack and the tree from rotting. Because of this, Totarol is added into the Beauty Biodynamic range to help protect the skin and also preserve the formula itself.

Jurlique makes great products.  For skin care, it appears that they have raised the bar on quality and effectiveness.  We are looking forward to giving it a try.

Red Orbit, one of the top places for science, posted an article from the Bellingham Herald titled “Oregon Grape Growers Provide Model for Sustainability“.  Despite not mentioning Demeter, the certification body for Biodynamic® growers, the articles does state,

Certified Biodynamic requires the third and highest level of sustainability standards, and grape growing and winemaking practices under this category must be performed completely free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers before certification is granted.

Also, check out the author’s personal website as it is pretty terrific.

After an embarrassing mistake last week, it only makes sense to highlight that Bonterra is still getting great press.  Recently, AppellationAmerica.com had a Q&A with vineyard’s Bob Blue.  The interview provides a fascinating discussion about the vineyard’s processes.

Common Ground Magazine recently gave good press to two fine Biodynamic® wineries — Bonterra (not Demeter certified) and Cooper Vineyards in their article “Raise Your Glass to a Summer of Sustainable Sipping”.

Here’s what Common Ground has to say about the two wineries,

On 1,000 acres of organic vineyards grazed by livestock and pest-controlled by native insects, Bonterra, near Ukiah, CA, goes beyond organic, adhering to biodynamic and Fish Friendly Farming practices. Don’t miss the Syrah, a successful blend of cherry, bacon and mint flavors, and the round, woody Chardonnay, with scents of stone fruits and mushroom.

Copper Mountain’s 123-acre estate is certified organic, biodynamic and Salmon Safe. It’s also one of 25 Oregon wineries to voluntarily join a recent carbon emissions elimination program. Several grapes grow here, but the signature is the buttery Pinot Noir, an Oregon classic.

Update:  Please see the comments for a revision on Bonterra’s certification.  Our apologies to all involved.

We are proud to be the first and only site solely covering the “biodynamic revolution”.  Now that people are aware of the benefits of going green, we look forward to leading them into a world where biodynamics change the world.

To learn more about biodynamics, feel free to watch the Treehugger video above or see the Wikipedia post on biodynamic agriculture.

About Demeter and Biodynamic Certification

Demeter® USA is the non-profit American chapter of Demeter International, the world’s only certifier of Biodynamic® farms, processors and products. From farm to market, Demeter's rigorous standards ensure compliance to the highest agricultural and environmental practices. These practices include organic certification prohibitions against the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and go much further to include a biodiversity set aside of 10% of total land, on-farm fertility and pest control, rigorous processing standards that emphasize minimal product manipulation, and most importantly whole farm certification (versus a particular crop or area allowed in organic certification). It is the highest paradigm of sustainable farming, offering one of the smallest carbon footprints of any agricultural method. Only those companies that meet these standards are permitted to display the Demeter certification mark on their products, or refer to their farms or products as "Biodynamic."