Maria Thun Calendar Theory

In England, high end department stores are trying an old theory. A German great-grandmother named Maria Thun released a calendar in the 1950s that listed days as fruit, flower, leaf, or root based on the position of the moon and stars.
The best days to drink wine is on fruit days. Flower is the second best, then leaf and lastly root. The worst day is marked an unfavorable.
Based on this Marks & Spencers and Tesco are only allowing customers to taste their wine only on days that are favorable.
Thun believed that wine is a living organism that responds to the Moon’s rhythms in the same way humans do. The “lunar effect” has been widely dismissed, but followers agree that the moon exerts a big impact on tides that affects water in the human body, ultimately influencing human behavior.
Wine experts all agree that wine can be different depending on the day, but all have different philosophies.
David Motion is the most recent enthusiast to agree with Thun’s calendar theory. “We tried eight wines on Tuesday, which was a leaf day and then the same wines again on Thursday, which was a fruit day. And it was totally conclusive,” Motion told BBC.
“It wasn’t that the wine tasted bad on the Tuesday, but it was much more expressive on the Thursday. It was more exuberant and on-song,” he said. “It was like the heavens opened, the clouds parted and the wine just expressed itself.”
The calendar is a more indepth look at a biodynamic farming pioneered by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. The philosophy is similar to organic farming, but the key difference is that planting and sowing is timed according to the moon.
These philosophies have influenced many wine growers to run their vineyards along these timetables.
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