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Winemaking in the vine
Winemaker’s Bookshelf
Toto, I don’t think we’re
in Fresno any more ...
varieties. publications from California is their
typical topics
Most of the lack of sensitivity to the factors
ow many times have you
of a standard
affecting cool climate
heard or read “Fine wines are
text are wide
In the
you read the classic winemaking
made in the vineyard”? Yet if
texts, you sometimes wonder if
and for climates
range of
anyone really believes that
those who such as
wish to
about how to manage fermentations,
They are filled with information
details, the references
know the
temperature, pH, titratable acidity,
are cited. There is good adapt to
we must
volatile acidity, malolactic bacteria,
discussion of the
and polyphenolics.
factors affecting berry
factors are of no concern to the
It almost seems as if vineyard
followed by a closing seasons,
winemaker so long as the maximum
discussion of berry
yield isn’t exceeded. How naive, but
assessment during vintages.
regions, and
hark back to our folk song heritage
“The times they are a changing”.
and Practices of
Fresno any more.
think we’re in
Toto, I don’t
Symposium in Sacramento included
The January ’09 Unified
(1998) Boulton
a full-day Aroma Symposium, which
et al., ISBN 0-8342- have been reviewing
The second text I
covered the relationship between
berry development and wine aromas.
My overall criticism of many academic work by
is an impressive
of modern texts on winemaking that
I’ve recently been reading a couple
really impressed me (in addition to
their high price).
University of California at Davis, a
The first is from the faculty of the For top-quality vineyard equipment
600-page text used for
undergraduate winemaking
students. It has replaced the
Rotary Blade Vine Trimmer Leaf Remover
The Technology of
• ef fortless removal of excess • 180-degree unit
by Amerine et al. ISBN 0-87055-
, fourth edition (1980)
growth rotation with positive
• swing-back head for reduced locking
field contact damage (single- • decreases the risk of
sided) diseases and mildew
• available in single and while allowing light
published in 1960. It was the
The first edition of this text was
over-the-row configuration and air into the
standard text for half a century, used
to train thousands of winemakers,
and as a standard reference around
the world.
its successor, with up-to-date
All the usual topics are covered in
Suckering Machine
references to a broad range of topics.
• ef fectively removes
What really impressed me was that
Piggy-back Sprayer
suckers while not
damaging the
after the opening introductory
stems of mature
• highly ef ficient
chapter the authors started with
• tower design allows
Chapter 2: Viticulture for
for negligible drift
Winemakers. This is a 52-page
• suitable for vineyard
and high-density
academic review with 110 cited
Munckhof Manufacturing
Box 308,
references. The chapter is not a
• 200, 300, 400 and
600-litre tanks
Oliver, British Columbia V0H 1T0
“how-to” manual, but it is a pathway
available Tel: 250.498.4426
toward understanding our use of
Fax: 250.498.4460
accepted viticultural practices and
British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Spring 2009
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