with the structures. In past years I was not this same way, which made me realize one thing: I have more freedom.
These days I’ve been listening to a lot of concerns about the level of alcohol in a wine. I inadvertently brought up initial thoughts and hypotheses that are somewhat related. The yield per plant depends on the quality. At first, I started to link the soil tendency to quality. My thoughts were that deep and fertile soils gave poor quality, while shallow soils were the solution for our top wines. With time, this theory became
more complex. The level of complexity was so high that it completely changed the hypothesis, including my thoughts about alcohol levels and concentration.
So, it was logic that dictated I had to resolve parameters practically and mathematically. The theory had become: "lower yield, higher quality". Simple,but with great diversity in meanings. In practice, we worked with large numbers of plots and a variety of yields in different areas. The results? As varied as the plots. None of the results were concrete in three years, until we began to adjust each area and sub-area to the optimum yields. OPTIMAL? What for? From that simple question I stopped cluster thinning, stopped throwing more grapes to the floor, and found a new respect for what nature has to offer. Over time, I found that everything was linked to common sense. If the plant has a higher yield, we will harvest later. If
the plant has a lower yield, we will harvest earlier! Yes, of course it is simple logic, but it is not as easy as it seems. These days I am reading "The curious case of the dog in the night-time" by Mark Haddon. It is a
plausible novel that helps us better understand ourselves, and the flavors of a great sense of humor... recommended.
In the end, the simplicity of things depends merely on simple variables that can be defined by mathematics, but even more so with what we call common sense. Variability is the only real tool proven to be consistent
over time. A lot of variation within the year, and little in between years, is a statistical definition but it always works... short and to the point, and will not deceive us. The yield is about the relationship with the
environment and not the whims of a journalist.
Something fun from the week... A meeting with Denmark importer Christian Philipson, a movie character that always give me the chance to taste great wines, and also allowed me find Guigal and their “La La’s”, fine wines of personality and love. (www.guigal.com)
Another highlight of the week… There are few hours where I get to visit “In Vino Veritas” to record our radio doodles. (www.facebook.com/InVinoVeritasTv) Strong on emotion, spirit feeder, and recreational harvester: our guest, Nadia Harón. Someone who turned the routine of cooking into Art. I always recommend her two restaurants, as well as the wines from her family winery O Fournier. Fun program, but with more critical aspects to the system, where I find space for my complaints, particularly of safety, and the need to be involved as a citizen so that we can also contribute to the solutions.
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