Guest Post, Donald Edwards – Missing the wood for the trees

Guest Post – There are so many great wine blogs out there in the blogosphere. These guest posts are an effort to introduce you to my fellow wine bloggers, people who’s blogs I enjoy reading and who I’ve meet up with over a glass or two. This week’s post is from Paris based, English blogger, Donald Edwards, on a subject that is a “tiny” bit controversial in the wine world… This is a plea for calm, there have been too many angry words spoken on the subject, far too many self serving blog posts where authors try to argue down to the finest philosophical minutia that their particular taste in wine is the only correct and applicable one. In a sense this reminds me of the issues inherent in much of moral or religious philosophy. The person doing the arguing has made up their mind in advance, and is thus trying to justify what they believe to be the case. So building an argument backwards towards fundamental principles. Now anyone who’s ever read any religious philosophy will be well aware of the almost laughable logical paradoxes that get thrown up. Remind me again what the three different sorts of eternity are again. I am of course talking about natural wines. A term I’m going to use, then discard, as I prefer authentic as a moniker. Yes there is no strict set of rules regulating exactly what can and can’t be done in the production of authentic wine. Of course there isn’t. It’s merely a group of growers (supplemented by cavists, restauranteurs, and some writers) who are all seeking to express their little patch of land in as authentic a way as possible. Many of them hold very strong views regarding their stewardship of the land, they care for their soil and are working to pass on the land to their children in better shape than they found it, as such most are organic or practice biodynamics. Some, where necessary will spray, it’s one thing...

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