Fact, Reason and Resenting the Biodynamic Wine Movement
In Stu Smith's latest volley at his blog "Biodynamics is a Hoax", he delivers in his most succinct fashion ("succinct is not one of Stu's strong suits since he, like me, tends to like words and uses them in volume) yet, the reason many in the wine industry are coming to question the Biodynamic movement.
In "Why I Resent Biodyanic Farming" Stu explains, "By publicly claiming superiority they, de facto, belittle and ridicule everyone else’s farming methods and wine quality for not being Biodynamic."
Stu goes on to give examples of claims that biodynamic farming makes better wines. Included in his examples is this statement:
“Does it make better wine? Of course it does – not because it’s certified organic, but because organic and Biodynamic farming is being used. By ridding the vineyards of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers, and by building healthy soil … we grow healthier and more balanced vines which, along with great terroir, gives us better wine.”
On a few occasions I've asked questions about what constitutes "quality" and how claims of superiority can be grounded in reason rather than subjective preference. The fact is, one can not reasonably claim that simply by using biodynamic methods the resulting wines are any "better" than wines that don't use biodynamic farming methods. It's a claim that has foundation or reason.
Now, were someone to say, "I like wines that result from biodynamic farming more than those that use other methods of farming", I'd have no basis to dispute that claim. However, I sure would like to do a blind tasting with this person.
I too have listened to folks claim that wines made from Biodynamic farming methods are "better" than those not produced from farming methods that rely on what I like to call "somewhat magical". My point here today is to remind my readers that: THIS CLAIM HAS NO BASIS IN FACT.
Beyond that, I now defer to Mr. Smith to continue to use his love of words and reason to explain at more length why this is true and why those claims are insulting.