Vilafonte, the premium South African wine venture that's a collaboration between Mike Ratcliffe, Phil Freese and Zelma long, has a harvest blog, where I spotted this interesting recent post on evenness of ripening. Vilafonte take their viticulture seriously; I suspect we won't be seeing much gr*****ss in their wines (not the 'g' word again...!).
I've linked to the Vilafonte blog in the list on the right. It's good to see wineries taking advantage of the power of the blog to communicate in fresh ways with their customers and fans. They also have a podcast, which the Vilafonte team describe thus: "The Vilafonté harvest blog has now gone one step further with the introduction of the world's first ever harvest podcast show. This is a world first for a winery and will redefine the boundaries of communication between the winemaking and the consuming of fine wine. It is an exciting new frontier. This is a daily audio harvest report which is recorded by the Vilafonté team and which is available for listening online. What makes this different from a pure audio file is that people can subscribe to the podcast and automatically receive the file on their computer. Anyone with an iPod or similar playback device can then sync with our podcast and listen to our daily harvest show on their iPod on their way to work or at leisure."
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