The AVF's Search for Answers
"It seems to work for us, but we don't really know why. There's not enough science to base it on."
I lost track of how many times I heard this quote from winemakers and vineyard managers last year. The question that prompted it might have been, "What's better about native yeast?" or "Why do you drop so much fruit?" or "How do you know gravity flow is more gentle than pumping?" Too many decisions in the vineyard and the cellar are still based on tradition. The wine industry needs its traditions and folklore, true, but even more we need some answers.
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