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Ask The Wine Ladies- What is the difference between Organic and Biodynamic wine?

DEAR THE WINE LADIES,

Probably a little slower than most to jump on the bandwagon as a fan of Australian wine, however, my latest discovery was a delicious Shiraz. It came from a biodynamic winery called Paxton and the wine was Paxton MV Shiraz. Can you tell me a little about this winery and how being biodynamic affects the taste of a wine? I am familiar with organic wines but not with biodynamic.

– JEREMY

DEAR JEREMY,

Absolutely, we’d be happy to. It’s never too late, or better late than never to enjoy and discover new wines. PAXTON, located in McLaren Vale South Australia, is a family owned winery founded in 1979 by David Paxton. Mr. Paxton is recognized as one of Australia’s most highly respected viticulturists, growing grapes of exceptional quality for over thirty years, all biodynamical. The company owns and manages their own vineyards exclusively which are spread across various sites and soil types in the region. Their goal is to showcase the exceptional quality of the fruit, the expression and natural diversity of the grapes, with a particular emphasis on Shiraz, which is well regarded as the region’s top performing variety.

The Paxton MV Shiraz you enjoyed is made with grapes from four of the six biodynamic properties they own and manage. MV ‘McLaren Vale’ or ‘Multiple Vineyard’ “was developed to highlight optimum fruit flavours” says David Paxton. You stand in great company as a fan of this wine, as James Halliday, guru critic of Australian wine rated the 2015 MV Shiraz 92 points.

David Paxton best describes how a wine may be impacted by biodynamic practices.

“Biodynamic is the most advanced form of organic farming. We use natural preparations and composts to bring the soil and vines into balance, resulting in wines that truly showcase our McLaren Vale vineyards.” A few examples of this is the incorporation of bee hives in the vineyards which improves grape pollination, and the use of cow manure as a compost that comes exclusively from Paxton’s own small herd of cows. Why? Because manure tainted with chemical intestinal worm treatments make poor compost and their own cows will ensure the integrity of the compost.

With respect to the added benefits of this type of farming – when the viticulture and the winemaking “work in synchronicity” the result is a naturally elegant wine, that radiates purity, vitality and elegance.

AVAILABLE AT THE LCBO
Paxton MV Shiraz 2015
Shiraz/Syrah
Vintages: 327403

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Bonterra Organic Vineyards

Bonterra Organic Vineyards ….On this week’s audio podcast with David Koball

Bonterra Organic Vineyards

Bonterra Organic Vineyards

 This organic wine and food pairing dinner could not find a better partner and location than Brad and his restaurant at the Evergreen Brick Works. He has an unparalleled commitment to sustainable and organic farming, he is all about creating a connection between the natural food from our land, the farmers that nourish and harvest it, and ultimately, the people who enjoy it.

 

Starting off today with our first guest from the organic and biodynamic wine making pioneer Bonterra Organic Vineyards.

Out of California, we will welcome Vineyard Director David Koball. You will get to hear first hand what exactly organic and biodynamic farming entails. Plus even more importantly the impact organic and biodynamic farming has on our environment, it is remarkable.

Listen to David Koball at 6:33 minutes in the show.

On this week’s radio show… Bonterra Organic Wines, Celebrity Chef Brad Long,the raw food diet and whats new in climate change.

Last month we had the opportunity to experience a fabulous Organic wine and food pairing dinner last month hosted by Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Evergreen Brick Works and Café Belong. What made this such an extraordinary evening was each of these three’s huge commitment to our environment.
A pure, ethical and sustainable dinner was presented and it so impressed us that we really wanted to share our experience with you and what biodynamic farming has on our environment, it truly is remarkable!

Episode 37 

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Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier's love story with wine, the land, and all things “local.”

Nakedness of nature! Discover Southbrook Vineyards’s Biodynamic wines & delicious raw foods at the OmJuice Bar.

Bill Redelmeier founder of Southbrook Vineyard

Please note the interview with Bill starts at 34:13 into the show.

On the second half of the show we will be leaving South America and heading back up to Canada to one of our premiere wine growing regions,Niagara-on-the-Lake. Our focus this half hour, biodynamic farming, and wine making, where minimalist intervention is the name of the game… we’ll welcome Bill Redelmeier founder of Southbrook Vineyards, Canada’s first certified biodynamic winery. What does this mean? How does this affect the taste, the quality, the price of a wine, they are award winning… Bill will fill us in……

And to close off the show, staying close to the concept of minimalist intervention, keeping nature naked if you will, “raw food, and raw food desserts…. Sound kooky? Well its not and the desserts are to die for! Healthy? Oh yes, delish oh yes? Learn more about the concept of raw! Allison Orr of OmJuice located at Igita Hot Yoga Club, Spa & Boutique, will join us too!
Dessert pick of the week…our new Chocolate Covered Strawberry Delight!
Practicing yoga in the vineyard at Southbrook Vineyards with Igita Yoga instructor Tim Rivers. Stay tuned for our next yoga event this summer.

Practicing yoga in the vineyard at Southbrook Vineyards with Igita Yoga instructor Tim Rivers. Stay tuned for our next yoga event this summer.

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Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012

With a nod to Canada Day my wine pick hails from a winery of great distinction, known not only for their superb, award winning wines but also for their innovation and commitment to our land, our soils, our environment.  Southbrook Vineyards located in Niagara-on-the-Lake is Canada’s first winery to have its vineyard certified as a biodynamic winery, taking organic practices one step further. Southbrook’s philosophy is practiced throughout, from the biodynamic, organic vineyard into the winery. Credos to Southbrook!

Georgia's Wine Pick

Georgia’s Wine Pick

Still feeling the love for Chardonnay My Wine pick is Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2012

Vintages: 172338 Price: $22.95

Perfect for our barbecues, this Chardonnay delivers big and pure! With tropical aromas that include, one of my faves, pineapple, with notes of apple and pear, a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Rich with good acidity and lively on the palate. a delicious Chardonnay, medium bodied and perfect partner for whatever I put on the grill, particularly my sister’s recipe for grilled chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese soaked in fresh herbs from my garden!

“Yoga in the Vineyard” event there July 27th

Such a fan are we of Southbrook Vineyards, that we are repeating our “Yoga in the Vineyard” event there July 27th, 2014! Feel free to see LINK here to see us downward-dog among the roaming sheep and possibly join us! Very cool, serene and delish experience!

The Wine Ladies
Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience…

Vinyasa & Vino

Mountain pose among the sheep and vinous air

Enjoy a journey of award winning organic, biodynamic wines

Sip and savour together, deliciously inspired wine and lunch

The Wine Ladies Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience

Practicing yoga in the vineyard at Southbrook Vineyards with Igita Yoga instructor Tim Rivers.

The Wine Ladies Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience

The Wine Ladies
Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience…

Vinyasa & Vino

Mountain pose among the sheep and vinous air.

Enjoy a journey of award winning organic, biodynamic wines.

Sip and savour together, deliciously inspired wine and lunch.

Order tickets via Eventbrite here

Yoga in the Southbrook Vineyard – An organic experience

The Wine Ladies, Georgia and Susanne invite you to join us for our inaugural Yoga in the Vineyard experience. Imagine amongst the beauty and serenity of the stunning vineyards in Niagara wine country treating yourself to a yoga experience like no other. Among the beautifully scented flowering vines, our Yogi will guide you through your practice for a full hour. Whether a beginner or seasoned all yogis are welcome.Be inspired by this unique opportunity, uniting wine, body and soul.

About iGita Hot Yoga Club, Spa & Boutique

We are a unique, hot and regular temperature yoga & pilates studio, and wellness center, located in Oakville.

Our studio is located at 131 Kerr Street, Oakville and invite students of all ages and fitness levels to practice yoga in an environment that inspires strength, freedom and joy.
We are pleased to offer a variety of hot and room temperature classes with scheduling options to suit your needs. We are committed to providing a healthy, environmentally conscious studio by using natural and reusable resources.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

And what better place to lay down your mat, than the beautiful, serene setting of organic and bio dynamic winery. Southbrook Vineyards located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards. Tasting room.

Southbrook Vineyards. Tasting room.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.Sheep groom the vineyards.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.Sheep groom the vineyards.

About Southbrook Vineyards

Southbrook Vineyards is the epitome and evolution of Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier’s love story with wine, the land, and all things “local.” The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. Southbrook produces organic and biodynamic wines that earn recognition, from critics and consumers alike, year after year.

From their purchase of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard in 2005, the Redelmeiers committed their energies to sustainable viticulture. By 2008, they had created the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

Yoga in the Vineyard Organic Experience, Southbrook Vineyards.

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Sunday, July 27th, 2013

11:00am-3:00pm*

Southbrook Vineyards

581 Niagara Stone Road, RR #4 Niagara-on-the-Lake

iGita Hot Yoga Club, Spa & Boutique**

One hour yoga class hosted by iGita Yoga centre.

Tour of biodynamic and organic winery

Wine tasting of Southbrook Vineyards organic wines

Deliciously inspired organic lunch with glass of wine

Parting Gift – Wine tour and tasting pass for 4

$55.00 per person ( includes HST)

RSVP 905-338-6797 or on line www.thewineladies.com

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* For those interested, possible car pooling to be arranged at iGita located at 131 Kerr Street in  Oakville.

** Please bring your own yoga mat.

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The Wine Ladies wine adventure tours; Yoga in the vineyard, hiking in the vineyards and flying hight with zip lining in the vineyards.

The Wine Ladies wine adventure tours; Yoga in the vineyard, hiking in the vineyards and flying hight with zip lining in the vineyards.

Southbrook Vineyards.

Southbrook Vineyards.

Thank-you to all who attended Zip n Sip with The Wine Ladies Sept 9 th