Taranta’s menu is filled with organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly foods and practices. But did you know that our environmental standards extend to our wine list? Every bottle of wine offered at Taranta is either organic or biodynamic. From Italy to South America, we only source the quality biodynamic wines that pair perfectly with the diverse and delicious foods on our menu. But do you know what biodynamic wines entail?
The official definition of biodynamic farming according to the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association is “a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production and nutrition.” Biodynamic farms acts as their own ecosystem, with each portion of the winemaking process contributing to the next. Any energy that is used to create the wine is actually replenished by the process it takes to create the wine itself. Farmers do this by using organic soils and compost to sustain the vineyards, which leave the land lush and fertile. This leaves the soil in better shape than farms that use chemical pesticides and fertilizers (which are strictly forbidden).
The most interesting part of biodynamic winemaking is the use of an ancient calendar to dictate when grapes are harvested. The biodynamic calendar breaks winemaking tasks into four kinds of days: root days, flower days, fruit days, and leaf days. These task are associated with Earth’s four elements, and practitioners believe that this yields the most delicious and natural wine. The next time you dine at Taranta, ask you server (each one is extensively trained on the wine list) to tell you about their favorite bottle. Insider tip: The lack of sulfites and chemicals won’t leave you feeling as groggy the next day. That’s right, it’s pretty much hangover-free wine.
Author: Molly Hubert