Saturday, October 24, 2015

Animals that eat grapes

This article addresses five animals around the world that eat grapes. A lot of grapes. In fact, they can decimate entire crops. The deer I knew about, and in Tuscany we learned why wild boar is on every menu, but baboons?

Pity the poor grape, or, more, the poor grape grower. Around here, it's the deer and birds that cause th
e most trouble. Fighting them is a full-time occupation.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sparkling wines from England? No--GREAT sparkling wines from England

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The Romans made wine in southern England, and then it got too cold for winegrapes there, for the past 2000 years. But with climate change, the south of England is warming again, and winegrape growers have moved in with enthusiasm. Even some French Champagne houses are buying land there--is Norway far behind?

France and Spain moving quickly now to modern grape varieties, to minimize poisonous spraying

THIS is great news. We continue to see reason take hold over senseless attachment to the old ways. Lives of vineyard workers are at stake, ...