DID YOU KNOW?
DID YOU KNOW?
Windows to the creative process
Talking To The Vines
Covid Induced Reflection
Sheltering in place has lead me to do quite a bit of creative writing. I have been writing to myself, to friends and family and even to those I thought were friends and family. This one is written for you.
What guides us in the vineyard
May The Source Be With You
Farming Practices at Longboard Vineyards
While you were sleeping
Today is one of those foggy and quiet mornings in Russian River Valley. Low grey clouds mixed with wispy fog that still allows you to experience the vivid shades of green from the healthy growth on the grapevines. Something is different about sound quality on mornings like this, I wonder if the low clouds act as would walls of padded recording studio – bouncing and distilling s ...
Winter Musing #7
Expanding a bit on the email we sent in January… 2012 is now gone and despite the rumors of the planet’s demise, we are mostly here in one or more pieces. Nature delivered us a great gift this past harvest (Longboard’s 15th); a bountiful crop that was both free of pests and diseases and brimming with developed flavors. I know, it is boring to hear another winemaker say that ...
Warp Speed 5, Captain Zulu
As a teenager, I was drawn to science fiction books. As soon as Asimov, Herbert or C. Clarke published a new one, I was on it like a Hobo on a Ham sandwich. It was science fiction that introduced me to the concept of Entropy (a thermodynamic property of systems, basically the observation that isolated systems tend to lose energy and eventually collapse). You may ask what does ...
In the beginning there was wine that came forth from the fruit of a vine. And the people of the Farmers tribe tended to the vines and nourished the fruit till it burst with flavor and sugars and proceeded to deliver it to the folk at the winery. And the winery tribe folk said: “Thanks” and wished the Farmers tribe a joyful vacation while they toiled in the caves and the tanks ...
A vote For More Regulation
Imagine for a minute a crazy world. Imagine you live just outside Atlanta, Georgia. You own a Peach farm and produce preserved peaches. You work hard to improve the quality of your product and your efforts pay off, you start to get inquireries from folk in Delaware about purchasing some of your Peach preserves. Now imagine this: you can’t simply ship your product to Delawa ...
Harvest No. 10
A few years before she died, my grandma decided to take a computer class. I was quite impressed she had the guts to do this but what came out of my mouth was something along the lines of: “Aren’t you too old for this"? Grandma, a crusty, strict, German-Czech holocaust survivor, raised an eyebrow and proceeded to tell me that just because she remembers sitting on her Grandfathe ...