Changyu’s Ningxia estate to become 100% biodynamic

YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> Speaking to db in London this week, Changyu’s chief winemaker, Lenz Moser, said the company hopes to be certified biodynamic in three years. “My big aim for Changyu is to convert the estate to being 100% biodynamic. We’re in the early stages of conversion at the moment and want to be fully certified by a European body in three years. If we achieve this, we’ll be the first certified biodynamic wine estate in China. “I practiced biodynamics in Austria. It brings Mother Nature in sync with the vineyard and keeps the ecosystem in tact. There’s the voodoo and cow shit element, which if you believe in it then it works. “Biodynamics is all about living with the vineyard on a daily basis and taking care of the land in a much more intense way.” As for the motivation behind the move, Moser said he’s doing it for ethical reasons. “People say that being biodynamic makes the wines takes better, but I doubt it. “I’m doing it for ethical reasons the same way you might drive an electric car. If a side effect is that the wine taste...

Alcoholic Beverages: How Much Am I Really Drinking?

Every time you’ve stepped foot into a liquor store or bar, you’ve probably been overwhelmed with all of the choices: light beer, stouts, IPAs, liquors, liqueurs, and don’t even get us started on the amount of wine that’s out there. Choosing the right drink is a challenge, and what we have to say might make it even trickier. While you’re trying to figure out what you feel like drinking, you might want to take into consideration how hungover you want to be tomorrow. Within the large variety of alcoholic beverages, there are also huge variances in alcohol by volume (ABV) percentages in each drink. This means that ‘one drink’ isn’t as simple as one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one cocktail on the rocks. So how’s a person supposed to keep their “I’m only having three drinks tonight” promise? Men can consume up to two drinks per day and women can have one drink per day without any negative health implications, according to the government’s 2015-2020 dietary guidelines. Sounds easy enough, but these recommendations pose the question—what the heck is one drink? “It’s complicated because not all alcoholic drinks are created equal,” says Taylor C. Wallace, Ph.D., C.F.S., and researc...