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There are a huge number of wine producers following biodynamic principles; some proudly proclaim the fact on the label while others (such as South Africa’s Boekenhoutskloof) feel no need for such ‘marketing’ efforts. To the average drinker I guess such talk could be off-putting adding even more mystery to the complexities of ‘wine’.

But when a supermarket chain holds its main trade tasting on a ‘favourable’ day and an independent merchant – David Motion of The Winery – sets up an tasting specifically because the day and timing is a good-un you have to ask whether there might just be something in it.

Plenty difference between making the stuff and actually drinking it you might say and the biodynamic charts that the Winery were consulting looked highly complex to me (although maybe drinking on a certain day addles my brain concentrates the mind on sensations rather than mathematical issues!

Step forward then an excellent little booklet designed specifically for the wine drinker – When Wine Tastes Best: A biodynamic calendar for wine drinkers 2009.
It all kicks off with December 2009 which transpires not to be a good month generally!

“The moon this month conspires against the weekend and the Christmas wine drinker., Only the weekend from late on Saturday 12th is favourable. Although Christmas itself is not good, the 27th shows shows promise, so save your best bottle until then. New Year’s Eve is also not optimal unless you drink before 3pm!”

Each day of the month is segmented by hour of the day with each period in a day categorised as being either Fruit, Flower, Leaf or Root. For the wine drinker you should open your best bottles on a Fruit or Flower Day. A Fruit period runs from 3:00 on the 27th December through to 13:00 on the 28th.

While Christmas might be a wash-out biodynamically speaking my birthday is not! June 22nd 2010 is a bloody marvellous Flower from 6:00 through to 13:00 on the 23rd…

“We were made aware of this unusual use of the popular calendar in April this year when a newspaper article revealed that supermarket wine buyers, and other industry professionals, used the calendar to determine the best days on which to hold wine tastings. The belief is that lunar movements affect the taste of a wine between one day and the next, or even within the space of a couple of hours. ‘Fruit’ and ‘flower’ days are held to be optimal while ‘root’ and ‘leaf’ days should be avoided. According to David Motion, who has tested the principle himself, it is not that good wine tastes bad on an ill-advised day, more that on a ‘fruit’ day “It was like the heavens opened, the clouds parted and the wine just expressed itself.”

When Wine Tastes Best 2010: A Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers is published by Floris Books for £3.99. The same company also publish the full calendar The Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar by Maria Thun and Matthias Thun for £6.99.


  1. Wink Lorch says:

    If I could persuade myself to follow this calendar ruthlessly and, on the basis that one should always drink wine at its and your best, shun drinking wine on anything but fruit and flower days, then I would certainly reduce my alcohol consumption considerably, lose weight and possibly become healthier, but would I be happier from following this ‘regime’?
    Thanks for the heads up on the booklet, Andrew.

  2. Have tested this theory and did not find it to be accurate. I have a panel of 8 tasters and I do blind tastings with them. We taste a series of wines. I then publish the results in an email wine newsletter. We tasted 8 wines on a really bad day. Guess what? The wines all tasted great. In May of this year I posted an entry on my blog on this subject. The link is below. Could this be just another marketing ploy?

  3. not sure it is supposed to be a ‘regime’ Wink – that makes it sound kind of harsh and exacting…

  4. Francesco says:

    This looks like it makes as much sense as horoscope readings.

  5. Dylan says:

    The wines may have tasted great, but the question is could they have tasted better.
    Andrew, you also brought up an interesting point. I never thought about it before but to someone already in over their head regarding wine “biodynamic” must sound like some sort of chemical treatment. It must have a definite barrier to entry regarding wine knowledge.

  6. Mark says:

    What a load of nonsense. How can the moon conspire against my taste buds? This is horoscopy in disguise, another of the many ways pseudoscience is employed to part money from fools.

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