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Arnold Waldstein

Thanks for this. Just ordered it.

If you hsve a 'good read' list of books on natural/organic/bio-d wine I"m interested.

BTW...was nice to hear Eric Asimov call you out as an original voice on wine during his speech at WBC. Congrats on that.

Brigitte Armenier

An enjoyable book indeed, full of stories and gossips, of reliable and unreliable information, of knowledgeable and not knowledgeable opinions... voodoo wine writing? :)


Thanks Arnold. That was v. sweet of Eric to mention me, and there were witnesses as well! And Brigitte, for the general population if there's an enjoyable book about Biodynamics, that's a big step in the right direction. No?

Brigitte Armenier

Alice, did I say that the book is not enjoyable? So, with a lack of starry eyes for whatever population and intentions, bis repetita...

Brigitte Armenier

Alice, I can but subscribe to the development on 'voodoo' now added to your post. This page 83 is actually one of the numerous confused and whimsical passages of this book. After having likened Biodynamics to yoga (?), Cole invites her reader to take the plunge toward a voodoo perspective which she chooses to define as "a nature-worship-based belief system." A soft euphemism and drastic oversimplification for "a religion practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries, especially Haiti, syncretized from Roman Catholic ritual elements and the animism and magic of slaves from West Africa, in which a supreme God rules a large pantheon of local and tutelary deities, deified ancestors, and saints, who communicate with believers in dreams, trances, and ritual possessions" (TheFreeDictionary). To make it short, she confuses the voodoo intended loss of consciousness with the BD conscious and active recognition and conceptual understanding of the spirit in nature and in the human being. Interesting how what can be considered as a lack of conceptual rigor and solid theoretical reflection has ended here in an inversion of values! Maybe because what is really missing in this attempt toward an "American" vision of Biodynamics is not Cole's yoga-voodoo analogies (or Matt Kramer's kosher one), but the capacity to compare Emerson's epistemology with Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom. This would definitely have made the book all the more enjoyable!


Oh, so it was indeed voodoo - literally! I don't think Rudolf Steiner would have wholeheartedly agreed... Then there are Nicolas Joly's books, of course, particularly Wine from Sky to Earth: Growing & Appreciating Biodynamic Wine.

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