Within Germany’s 102,000 hectares of vineyards a mere handful are certified organic and 50 hectares of those are in the hands of the delightful Alex Pfluger. Alex only took over the reins of the family estate in 2010 following his studies at Geisenheim and spells in Burgundy, California and Australia, but he has already expanded production significantly and his commitment both to quality and environmental sensitivity has seen his reputation spread across the planet.
It would be easy to dismiss biodynamics as some sort of quasi-astrological mumbo jumbo with all the talk of “following the phases of the moon” and subordinating to planetary forces, but that would be to ignore the evidence that thousands of growers across the world provide through ranges of wines that consistently rate amongst the best in their class. Much of the philosophy is pretty straightforward and understandable stuff – encouraging biodiversity, eschewing the use of chemicals and maintaining low yields, but added to that, Alex is providing “bed and board” to a range of local fauna through the construction of a “bug hotel.”
It’s probably best if I leave the explanation to him….Alex Pfluger explains
As we make our way through another dreary, if unseasonably warm, January it’s always nice to have something to look forward to, so we wanted to throw some beer-related joy your way.
Currently making its way across Europe to us we have a selection of carefully chosen beers from one of Eastern Europe’s most exciting breweries, Mad Scientist!
Founded in Budapest as recently as 2016 Mad Scientist has already, and some might say greedily, nabbed three spots on Untappd’s top 10 of Hungary’s best breweries between their main brewery and its specialist offshoots (MadX which specialises in alternative fermentation and long maturation, and Mead Scientist their ode to honey and fruit).
If Connolly's made a TV advert for “The Italian Collection”, what would it be like?
Hollywood stars? Yes!
And the best director? Let's go for Francis Ford Coppola.
(He also happens to own a well known vineyard in California. Are you getting the theme?)
What film style? Action? With “Mini” car chases? Romantic? Musical? Italian food & drink?
I think I have the answer to the dilemma...