IF SKIPPING around Maypoles swigging wine from acorn cups is your thing, let me recommend Jethro Tull’s springtime ditty, Pass the Cup of Crimson Wonder. It's tempting to see Tull's ‘Green Man’ as a biodynamic winemaker. But when I attended a biodynamic tasting, some wines were having a bad "leaf day" (a day normally propitious for expression, say acolytes). Practicing biodynamic farming rituals is more about manifesting faith in Rudolf Steiner's vision than winemaking. The organic label is no guarantee either. This Beltane, my crimson wonder is a local 'natural' wine. Menace your caviste with your Maypole if doesn’t stock any.
Full article first published in The Connexion (May, 2011)