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'There may be no better way than biodynamics for healing the earth but once the land has reached its balance, why do the same practice and treatments every year in exactly the same way? At that pont the land should be set free."

yes! Exactly!


I have encountered many folks who at some point had a Cornelissen wine, didn't like it, and dismissed him as nutty, misguided or worst of all, incompetent. What they did not consider was that, as you mention, he is not static. The work is in progress, and continues.
I am a believer in his goals as I understand them and have enjoyed following along as he refines his methods. I just hope I'll still be able to get the wines as he becomes more well known.


Hi Ned, I have had disjointed bottles in the past and at Levi's amphora dinner, the Contadina (can't remember which one) horrified Josh Greene, so I saw the reaction up close and personal. But at that point he and I tasted it the wine was pretty much thick with lees. But the wines are exciting, and in this last tasting, I found very much more so. Thanks for writing.

Eric Texier

A very nice piece, Alice.
It seems that I share a lot of ideas with FC, no?


Yes, you do indeed, Eric. In fact for this very reason, you are side by side in my book in one chapter.


And thank you Eric!


(posted for Brigitte)

Come on Alice, Biodynamics does not mean "bio without dynamics"! It is not based on the premise that health and balance are some kind of static goals which can be reached once and for all from the outside! Nor does it envision breathing, circulation and rhythms as mechanical repetitions! There is therefore no biodynamist who does "the same practice and treatments every year in exactly the same way."


Hi Alice,

I haven't had the chance to try any of Frank's older wines yet, but I did get to try the lineup at Chambers Street over the weekend. I was quite surprised, as many of the faults that have been written about at length were not in evidence. The Magma and the Munjebel 6 were both rather evocative of their terroir as well, which isn't always the case with some natural wine producers. I was really impressed and am excited to see where the wines will go from here. I'm curious about his "free from prejudice" remark though: did Frank talk much more about S02 with you, or is that something I'll have to read about in your book?


Well, yes, I am a tease, no? Hope I can find a corner for it in the book.

Without prejudice on his part wasn't totally true. He came to Etna to make a terroir wine. He has ideas how to go about it. But what he meant is that he didn't have a family history to deal with.

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