Pruning and Beading
by Jake Lorenzo
May 2010 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
Fog clung to the mountaintops, lending a creepy chill to the morning air while two dozen men climbed out of their cars, put on boots, layers of sweaters, jackets and hats. Like soldiers heading for battle, they checked their weapons and sheathed them in holsters. We trudged through the wet, high grass to the first rows of cordon-pruned Chardonnay. Our host for the day, Vineyard Manager Joe Votek, gave some basic history and instruction and then let us loose on the vines. Pruning was pleasant sec...
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