(Another) Year in the Vineyard Wine Blog by Wes Hagen, Week #17: Diversity and Darwin

Winemaker Magazine (Another) Year in the Vineyard Wine Blog Week #17:  July 2nd-July 8th, 2010 The Theme is Diversity:  Genetics, Critters, Fog, Flavor, and Darwin  (amazingly described in the context of growing and making wine!) What an odd job I have.  In the last 24 hours I have driven to Los Angeles and helped set up a five course menu (and sold 5 cases of wine) for a wine dinner, researched the history of Ballard Canyon, communicated with a post-doctoral fellow at Cal Tech concerning a grape genome and a semi-secret yeast project we’re working on, had a crew meeting to finish fine tuning the canopy management of the Clos Pepe vineyard for the 2010 vintage, secured another part-time intern, set up cell phone extenders in both houses on the Clos Pepe compounds, sent out two separate email blasts concerning events and wine dinners coming up this Summer, managed Intern Tony taking samples of various clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay here at the Clos to see if different climate/soil conditions/frost patterns/salinity can change the genetic structure within and without