Thomas Love Peacock pointed out, “The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.” Plus soil, the combined art and science of tending to the vines and creating a tasteful wine.
As our small vineyard slowly establishes itself, we enjoy meeting folks who also have an appreciation of the vines. Just last evening, a newfound grape connection said he would bring his dad for an informal Portuguese session of pruning, homemade cheese and a sampling of wine.
This unspoken knowledge, which may soon become a rarity, is both pure and instinctual yet it blends quite nicely with the science of it all. It makes one wonder, especially me. Can we find everything wrapped up neatly in a mobile app where our future seems destined to be?
That’s been the Annie dilemma these days. How do you combine algorithms and big data with this fine art of sculptural pruning and an instinct of when and how it is done? Maybe there should be a translator app so someone can understand a language like Portuguese that one has never learned. (There could be one out there; I haven’t a free minute to look.)
But can it replace this unspoken language? Call it gut or instinct; it’s apparent when you’re into this sort of thing. It is this unspoken language of love and connection to the vines, the garden and the earth, plus the concentrated sunbeams that create the juice of the grape.
Early morning sunbeams hitting the recently pruned vines by Ann Bilowz ©
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