I think that you have to understand the greater context of wine to be able to really get what vines, grapes and wine is all about. It's this attempt to really understand context that sets natural wine growers apart. A fundamental part of this bigger picture is the interplay of huge forces, at work on us day and night, that intrinsically affect the way the world functions. One of the biggest of these forces is gravity. So I asked Parag Mahajani to explain in simple terms the importance of the moon and other celestial bodies on the earth and its life forms (including its plants).
I met the inspirational Parag on a recent trip to the Maldives - he is the resident astronomer for Six Senses resorts.
Parag started his professional life as an engineer and has been Associate Member of the Institute of Engineers, India, since 1997. His heart though is in the sky and he now dedicates himself full-time to his endeavours in astronomy and astrophysics. He's a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, London (FRAS), is a best-selling Indian author, has logged more than 1000 hours of sky observations and has, as he puts it, a special interest in Nova and Supernova Hunting (just had to include that as it sounds awesome - I taste wine, he hunts for Supernova). He joined Six Senses several years ago and built the largest observatory in the Indian Ocean - you can see it in the background of the video blog. Have a watch and let me know what you think.