Tuesday, February 04, 2014

So much of my present life involves the interaction of climate and agriculture. For the last 12 years, I have worked for over 2 months each year for Chateau Vieux Chevrol  near Libourne, France, involved in the various stages of producing a grand Lalande-de-Pomerol wine. This wine is almost totally dependent on traditional methods. No machine harvesting, no pesticides or fertilization. All of the major operations are done by hand. So, at this time of the year, I am especially wary of sudden temperature changes, the rainfall, the early budding of plants. All of these things are important in the new years harvest. I loved this GIF illustration:
How wine colonized the world – 6,000 years in 40 seconds. Also available as an interactive timeline. Pair with the indispensable scratch-and-sniff guide to becoming a wine expert.

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