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Vigneto dei Cardi

Easter

To the despair of my parents, I am not religious – in any sense of the word. Nevertheless, I do recognize the symbolism of religious ceremonies, observances, rituals and calendars. Take, for instance, Easter. After the vermin endemic to suburban … Continue reading

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A slow goodbye

I’ve put a lot of energy into my vineyard. I’m not even mentioning the money. The vineyard has kept me sane. It has been my escape, my solice. Going up that hill and getting dirty and sweaty has helped me … Continue reading

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Living up to the name

Just a short update: Recently, I committed to a name for my vineyard: Vigneto dei Cardi. After my fist harvest was decimated by the local fauna, and with the added work of a newborn in the house, I have not … Continue reading

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Introducing: “Vigneto dei Cardi”

As I’ve worked on the development of my small home vineyard, a question has been repeatedly asked of me: What will I call this vineyard? Acknowledging that some may feel that naming an 87-vine, non-commercial planting in a back yard … Continue reading

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The soul of the soil – a quixotic search

Although I am neither prideful nor a generally proud person, I do pride myself on being rather intrepid and seeking a deeper understanding of the things around me. In some instances, this curiosity merely satisfies a pursuit of trivial factoids … Continue reading

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Seeing the vineyard for the vines

It’s been three years since I put in the first Aglianico vines on a southeast-facing slope of Mt. Washington. I’ve been closely focused on tending and bringing up my vines. I’ve had my back to the sun and my face … Continue reading

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Wherefore rootstock suckers?

About a month ago, I mused about the possible five variables responsible for a high incidence of rootstock suckers in my vineyard. Since both the Aglianico and Montepulciano vines are getting rootstock suckers, I am fairy sure that depth of … Continue reading

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Things I’ve learned after 11 months of growing grape vines

In August, it will be a year since I started my home vineyard project in Los Angeles. I had always wanted to make my own wine and grow the grapes for it, if possible. Besides being a hobby, the vineyard … Continue reading

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A failed exercise in ampelography

Two weeks ago, I removed a failing vine and replaced it with one of the back-up vines I kept in planters just for this purpose. It was a great opportunity to spend some time with my seven year-old daughter. We … Continue reading

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Data and information

Investing oneself in a project such as growing wine can turn to an exercise in obsession. I suppose that having scientific training predisposes me to some sort of formalized approach to seeking an understanding of what is happening in the … Continue reading

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