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December 2005
Taming Fruit Variability
Harvesting sub-blocks at different times and dropping slow-to-ripen fruit are two methods of delivering uniformly high-quality fruit to the crush pad.
by Mark Greenspan
Fruit variability, or unevenness in fruit quality from any given vineyard, is something that is probably not considered seriously enough by most grape growers and many winemakers. Yet variability is the "norm" in the natural world (pun intended), and we winegrowers either attempt to minimize it, to manage it, or we ignore its existence or its importance entirely. I think that it's a fair statement that if you ignore variability in the grape, your wine will tend towards mediocrity. There are hu...
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