When Wine Tastes Best: A Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers


Matthias Thun

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  • Discover the best days to uncork your favourite bottle
  • As used by wine experts and leading retailers
  • Based on the authoritative and bestselling The Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar

Shows the optimum days for drinking wine, and which days to avoid, in 2017.

148 x 105 mm
Floris Books
Biodynamic Wine; Biodynamics & Organics
colour charts and illustrations
48 pages
Publication date:
15 Sep 2016


When you buy a bottle of wine to enjoy at home, wouldn't you like to know when it's going to be at its best?

Based on the unmatched Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar, this handy little pocket guide tells you which days are optimum wine-drinking days, and which days to avoid if you want to get the most out of your glass. At least two major supermarket chains only do their wine tastings on the best days as indicated by this calendar!

Includes a bonus month, December 2016, to cover the Christmas season.


'A number of heavyweights in the wine industry agree with her - supermarkets Tesco and Marks & Spencer only hold tastings on the days which her calendar says are favourable.'
-- Jamie Irving, Greatgrapes Blogspot

'Anyone saving those extra-special bottles for christmas and the New Year might want to consult a new biodynamic tasting calendar -- and hold off on the corkscrew.'
-- Richard Woodward, Decanter.com

'Whatever you think about biodynamic viticulture, it might be a fun experiment.'
-- Julia Harding, Jancisrobinson.com

'David Motion, owner of The Winery in London's Maida Vale is now a convert and stocks a range of biodynamic vintages. "A root day wont make a good wine taste bad, but on a fruit day the wine is amost leaping out the bottle and singing ta-dah!'
-- Jessica Fellows, Telegraph.co.uk

'This pocket-sized guide to the best days for drinking wine will be of great interest to those who enjoy the subtleties of a glass of wine... No avid wine drinker would want to be without this guide and with Christmas not so far away, and at such a modest price, When Wine Tastes Best would make an excellent 'stocking filler' for any friends and relatives who you know enjoy a glass of wine.'
-- Rosemary Usselman, New View

'A gift for the wine lover in your life... It'll be a talking point for your next Christmas party!'
-- Lovefood.com

'The introduction explains the major supermarkets now hold tastings for critics only on fruit and flower days, rather than leaf and root. The theory is that wine also responds to the influence of the moon, and readers are encouraged to experiment for themselves. [...] As it happens, this evening we are tasting the first bottle of 2008 Hauts de Pontet Canet, which is one of the few biodynamic estates in Bordeaux. Re-reading this for proofing purposes, I can now tell you that it was delicious!'
-- Scientific and Medical Network Review


Matthias Thun is a Floris Books featured author. Read all about this author's life and work on our dedicated author page.

Matthias Thun is the son of Maria Thun, the biodynamic pioneer who died in 2012. On their farm in Germany, Matthias is continuing her research into the effects of biodynamic agricultural methods.


An interactive app is also available, called 'When Wine Tastes Best', for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, and Android devices. Download it for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Today's data is free, and you can buy the data for the rest of the year.

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Find out more about Maria Thun and her work, including the Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar, on our Maria Thun Life and Work page.

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