Voodoo Vintners : new book about woo in winemaking

Katherine Cole on Voodoo Vintners – Wine – Books – Portland – Willamette Week.

The founder of biodynamic agriculture, Rudolf Steiner, believed in fire spirits, ghosts and gnomes. Oregon winemakers following Steiner’s biodynamic practices often overlook the gnomes—they’re quite short, after all.

The organizations at the front lines of American biodynamic agriculture—ground quartz buried in cow horns, stinging nettles mixed into compost—are based in Oregon. Katherine Cole’s new book, Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers, published by Oregon State University Press, explores their beliefs and the quaffable product thereof.

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What a great subtitle for this article:

Oregon biodynamic winegrowers use mystical cow crap to make great wine

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this. It’s a bit of an art, I guess, and superstition, at least a little bit, can be in the darndest places.