New Age Wines for New River Whiners

Or: why a really expensive meal at Johnny V’s is good for your soul, your city, and the planet

Biodynamism was born in a simpler age, when enemas could cure consumption and sniffing radium could cure almost anything; when American criminals were hanged and American women could barely vote. The year was 1924. Biodynamic farming — which emphasizes the treatment of farmland as a holistic ecosystem and eschews the use of complicated, manufactured chemicals — makes a helluva good wine. Many big names in viticulture, such as the Domaine Leroy and Maison Chapoutier estates, have signed onto the practice, and critics love them for it — this, despite the critic’s natural inclination to despise all things New Age (rhymes with "sewage"). You can see what’s so great about biodynamism this evening at Las Olas’ fabulous Johnny V’s (625 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), where South American vintners from Emiliana Vineyards are coordinating a genuinely decadent meal based around five of Emiliana's organic and biodynamic wines. The five-course meal will include foie gras, quail, and buffalo (and probably some vegetal matter as well). Proceeds from the event go to benefit Riverwalk Trust, an organization dedicated to doing something cool with the perennially troubled area around the New River. Reservations cost $100 per gullet. Find out more at www.goriverwalk.com, or by calling 954-761-7920.
Wed., Sept. 17, 2008
 
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