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July 07, 2013



Great article! One line jumps out at me: "The monks and the elders centuries ago had understood that wine was by essence a night phenomenon, not a solar one"

Could you elaborate on this idea a bit?


I need to ask them but I think they mean that the vine and grapes owe their properties to the root & soil more than to the foliage and exposition.

Alex Bernardo

Hi Bert, illuminating post. Here in California I believe the view taken on vineyards is more in line with the modern agronomist's view you cite, instead of the ancient monks'. Cool climate is the obsession. For example, the closer one's vineyard is to the coast, or the higher the elevation, the "cooler" (literally and figuratively) it is.

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