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Dry Farming: Let’s Talk About it.

June 7, 2011

I’m around wineries, tasting rooms, and wine shops quite a bit, and this exposure has acclimated me with certain wine buzzwords. You know, things that people think they should ask about the pedigree of the vintage and the vineyard before they make a judgement on its quality – how old are the vines, are they organic, are they estate grown, etc? The thing I’ve noticed is the thing that people don’t tend to ask but that they should: “are the grapes dry farmed?”

Dry farming is de rigueur at Old Hill, and Will can expound further (in volumes, no less) about the environmental and qualitative benefits of this classic farming method. I am sure he will, in future posts. But for getting the conversation started, I want to give a thumbs up to the SF Weekly for their recent post on the subject, which mentions Bucklin and other Sonoma producers who don’t irrigate their vines.

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