06
Jun
2018

Body Prayers & the Qi Walk

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I first heard the term 'body prayer' when Shirley Dockstader offered one at my 13th moon celebration. Shirley is an amazing teacher.  find her, she's a champ. 13th moon celebration marks a sacred cycle of transition in a woman's life, 13 months after her last menstrual bleed.  Now physiologically in menopause.  Pausing from men as a primary focus.   A body…

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01
Jun
2017

The Grape’s Spiritual Purpose?

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Is it possible for the grape to have a spiritual purpose that impacts human life? In his best-selling book The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan lyrically describes relationships between humans and plants, from the plant’s point of view. Pollan posits that plants have a purpose; that the purpose of the apple, tulip, potato and marijuana is to fulfill human desires…

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06
Nov
2016

Whole Hearted BioDynamic Wines

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  • biodynamic . cabernet . photography . tastings . Wine .

Wines are often deemed hearty when they are full-bodied, rich and dense. And when you look inside, some wines  reveal HEARTS as their major expression.  Is this expressing the heart and soul of the winemaker? The first heart I uncovered in wine was hiding in a 2001 Quintessa, "Bordeaux Blend"  That's the above Napa Valley beauty. The next one was another…

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06
Jul
2015

SPIRIT OF THE GRAPE

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Have you ever wondered why the grape is the only fruit that gives us elixirs so heavenly they are called divine? Why not kiwi or pineapple, apple or date wines? What is so unique about the grape that it has had a cult like following since ancient times? The grape and wine share a history with civilization that may seem…

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07
Feb
2012

Life and Death

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Wandering in a vineyard this time of year, where the vines are grarly or straight up in a line... No leaves upon them and many shorn of their wavy canes, The vineyard looks dead. No signs of life. Until the mustard blossoms. And the green grasses appear. and when the vineyard looks old and barren or as yet, unproven, it…

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02
Feb
2011

Grape Sex

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The recent New York Times article telling us that the lack of sex is hurting the health of wine grapes, got me thinking. How do grapes have sex? First of all, grapes are ‘bisexual. It all ideally starts with the flower having both male and female sex organs, how convenient is that? The male pollen lands on the female equivalent,…

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13
Nov
2010

Spirits of the Vine

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My love for wine came first from its inner expression.  I had no intention to be following the life of wine for more than 25 years.  Yet in that time I have been privy to the life and spirit of wines from 45 years old to a day old (not yet wine). The visual expressions of wine's life and vitality…

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22
Jul
2010

Bio-Dynamics

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I am always surprised at how much discussion and angst the topic of biodynamic wine brings.  So I decided I wanted to do my part at looking at bio-dynamics.  How about definitions first before getting into philosophy. Bio = life. Dynamics = related to physical force or energy, motion, pattern of growth or change, variation in intensity. So biodynamics, in…

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19
Feb
2010

Organic Wine Thrives Down Under

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When the world seems to be in a wine buying slump, the folks in the land of Oz are buying more wine from organic and biodynamic growers.  How great is that –  expanding upon the beers of their land to wine of their lands. Do you have favorite Aussie wine?

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