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Bonny Doon Vineyard: Biodynamic Wines or “Aliens Exist!”

I received the most wonderful package, which is going to take me on a journey through ๐›๐ข๐จ๐๐ฒ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ž.โฃ
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๐๐จ๐จ๐ง๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐•๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฒ๐š๐ซ๐ is known for doing things a little differently. Go to their website, and you will be greeted with the image of a Jules Verne-esque spaceship projecting a beam down on a farm. The original โ€œRhone Ranger,โ€ Randall Grahm was one of the first in California to experiment with Rhone varietals. Due to the nature of the grapes, Randall began practicing biodynamic farming. By engaging in this type of viticulture, he found the grapes took on more unique qualities that created beautiful and lively wines; in his words, โ€œthe most vibrant wines possible.โ€โฃ
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Biodynamic farming is similar to organic farming in that natural elements are used on the crops versus pesticides or herbicides. However, biodynamic agriculture goes a few steps further. There is a focus on the health and well-being of the soil. The practices are intended to โ€œrestore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony.โ€ Cover crops, crop rotation, and the use of animals for manure, weed, and pest control is used. There is also a spiritual and mystical element to it, including the preparation of compounds that are said to revitalize the soil. An example of a โ€œcompoundโ€ is the practice of filling a cowโ€™s horn with cow manure and burying it in the ground in the Fall to decompose during the winter so it will be used as fertilizer in the spring.โฃ
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Please read below for reviews on four of Bonny Doon Vineyard’s wines.โฃ
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Thank you toย @bonnydoonvineyardย @social.bacon

๐๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐•๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฒ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐๐ข๐œ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅโฃ
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โ€œPicpoulโ€ or โ€œlip-stinger,โ€ this delightful wine is high in acid and has tangy flavors of Meyer lemon, apple, and white flowers. Iโ€™m not sure if it stung my lips, but it was certainly lip-smacking good! โฃ
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I wanted to pair this with some fresh oysters or a nice Cioppino. That would have been delicious! Since I couldnโ€™t find the right seafood at the market, I went a completely different way and paired it with a savory Japanese curry, which was delightful!โฃ
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I tasted it on a Root Day, according to the Biodynamic Calendar. This is not generally considered a good day to taste wine, but it was delicious nonetheless. โฃ

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐•๐ข๐ง ๐†๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐ฌรฉ or โ€œ๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉโ€โฃ
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With 79% Grenache, 5% Grenache Blanc, 5% Grenache Gris, 5% Vermentino, 3% Cinsault, 1.5% Picpoul, and 1.5% Clairette Blanche, this is quite the blend! This is the type of blend I call, โ€œEverything but the Kitchen Sink.โ€ You may notice this wine also has white varietals โ€“ this is unusual in that rosรฉ is typically made out of red grapes. Iโ€™m discovering more and more the unique and fun creations coming out of Bonny Doon Vineyard, and I love them!โฃ
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Seriously, I could drink the whole bottle in one sitting (and anyone who knows me IRL knows Iโ€™m a 1 or 2 glass kind of girl โ€“ as much as I love wine, I am, and always have been, a lightweight). This pink wine is delightful in hue and smells gorgeous with notes of strawberries and cotton candy. It tastes divine โ€“ rounded and full bodied with a good amount of acid and flavors of sweet plums, bursting berries, and even a little rhubarb.โฃ
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From the label: ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ-๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ. ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต-๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.โฃ
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๐ŸทTasted on a root day by the Biodynamic Calendar, this is not supposed to be a good day for tasting wine, but this one was quite delightful.โฃ
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๐ŸทPaired with a Vice Presidential Debate ( โ€“ pairing NOT recommended โ€“ ) and some aged Gouda (highly recommended).โฃ
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2018 ๐๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐•๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฒ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‹๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ ๐š๐ซ ๐•๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ, โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ทรฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ขโ€

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐•๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฒ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‹๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐œ, โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ.โ€

๐€๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ!โฃโฃ๐Ÿ‘ฝโฃ
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At least, according to the 1954 village council of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, they do. They were so โ€œ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ โ€˜๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ดโ€™ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ดโ€ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด.โ€โฃโฃโฃ
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The label goes on to talk about Oumuamua. the cigar-shaped comet or asteroid spotted in October 2017. Because it exhibited non-gravitational acceleration, plus its shape and unusual shininess, some experts theorized it might actually be a spaceship that was accelerating with the aid of a solar sail.โฃโฃโฃ
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With that, I give you ๐๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐•๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฒ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ– ๐‹๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ ๐š๐ซ ๐•๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ, โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ทรฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ขโ€ and the ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐‹๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐œ, โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ.โ€โฃโฃโฃ
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The โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ทรฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ขโ€ is a gorgeous blend of 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and 13% Syrah. A dark ruby color in the glass, this wine has aromas of dark cherries, pepper, and blackberries. On the palate, it tastes of blueberry compote with black pepper, baking spices, blood orange, and leather. This is definitely a bottle I would greet aliens with to introduce them to the fruits of our Earth.โฃโฃโฃ
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The ๐˜“๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค, blend of 46% Grenache Blanc, 34% Vermentino, and 20% Clairette Blanche, had a gentle bouquet of peaches and cream and pineapple that played with a creamy mouthfeel, balanced acid, and a long, long finish. There were tropical fruit notes on the palate along with Fuji apple, orange and lime zest, followed by some herbal qualities- sage and something green and stemmy.โฃโฃโฃ
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๐ŸทTasted on a Flower Day, according to the Biodynamic Calendar โ€“ a good day to taste wine. And so it was!โฃโฃโฃ
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๐ŸทPaired with an episode of Season 2 of The Crown and hearty carnitas tacos. Both wines paired nicely.โฃโฃโฃ
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