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...
Centuries of selecting the choicest vines for cloning, or layering as it was called, yielded a similar result as the selective breeding of wolves and dogs: a plethora of different varieties that look, taste and act differently, but which are all the same species. However, even with all of the human effort expended on intentional selection and propagation of vines, nature, unperturbed, continued its own experiments in tandem through cross-pollination. As is often the case in wine, it is the combination of human labor and natural chance that yields the greatest rewards. Read More