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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Seresin: bio-dynamic seminar@Shoreditch

Seresin Estate viticulturalist Colin Ross +
Patrick Schmitt (The Drinks Business) 
and Neil Beckett (The World of Fine Wine)

 Awaiting lift-off...

A selection of photos from yesterday's rather unfocused Seresin biodynamic seminar in the heart of Shoreditch.

Fresh cow shit from a Sussex field collected that morning

Silica and processed cow shit after it has been through horn transformation

Patrick Schmitt (The Drinks Business) and Neil Beckett (The World of Fine Wine)

Neil exhibiting a certain unease and scepticism perhaps?

Colin Ross

Colin Ross with echoes of the late, great Tommy Cooper?

The venue was The Rochelle Centre an ex-Victorian school (board?) 
– many of these solidly built structures still survive in London: 
some as schools, others converted, while many schools 
thrown up in the 1960s have been demolished 

Neil Beckett exhibiting just a scintilla of doubt over this hand exercise...
(above and below)

Table set for lunch

A stirring excerise:

A vortex

Adding the processed cow shit and stirring...

... and stirring

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... and stirring

The ever diligent Anne Krebiehl


Luc Charlier said...

I LOVE your photographs, Jim, as ever. But you are a believer, aren't you? Please, excuse my lack of expertise in your language, but what synonym is there for "ridiculous"? Oh, yes: preposterous, I guess.

Jim's Loire said...

Thanks Luc. Well I haven't signed the pledge but find biodynamics less absurd and considerably more benign than blitzing vineyards with herbicides.

Luc Charlier said...

You know we both agree on that. The practical aspects of it are on line with my own attitude. I'm just at odds with the SILLY use of those "remèdes de bonnes femmes" (what's the English for it?) and with the Steiner guy himself, a fascist of the first category. But most wine-makers have never read one line of him, so they are not to blame.
PS: it is a funny coincidence that the password for submission for this post should include the word "shamans" !

Jim's Loire said...

Luc. I have always thought Noël Pinguet's pragmatic approach – I use it because it works – made eminient sense.

Luc Charlier said...

We had a Le Mont 1990 (1ères tries) not later than the day before y'day, Michel Smith and I ! The proof of the pudding etc ....