Part 3: The Wisdom to Know the Difference - Dry Farming's Role in Napa's Rise to Prominence

California’s wine fame can be traced back to a single event; a blind tasting competition in 1976, wherein a bottle of 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and a bottle of 1973 Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena, bested the most prestigious French wines of the time in a blind tasting.

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Part 1: Accept the Things You Cannot Change - Dry Farming in Drought Country

It has been said that there is nothing new under the sun.  And, as an example of how true that statement is, here are a couple more to the same effect: those who forget history are doomed to repeat it; this too, shall pass; and the more things change, the more they stay the same.  But, when there is real tumult in the world, there always seems to be a  feeling that this time is different.  


When it comes to the drought currently plaguing the western US...

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Skunked Wine

My college RA imparted many words of wisdom, but none were heeded so vigorously as the proscription against letting cold beer get warm.  This, he confidently stated, caused beer to “skunk.”  These words hit home for our entire floor and we carefully planned our purchases of warm or cold beer accordingly.  But no matter how careful we were...

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