jamie goode's wine blog: Technology and wine

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Technology and wine

Did a piece for yesterday's Independent on how technology is changing the face of winemaking. It's not illustrated in the web version, but it included a nice picture of a tank with staves bolted into it. There was also a small picture (one of mine) of Mario Andrade of the Falua winery in the Ribatejo holding a used barrel stave that had been in a tank. They didn't use the picture I have them of Mario's reverse osmosis machine.

Last night was spent at my parents' place in Lidgate, Suffolk. This is where RTL will be spending her holidays. I went out a few times with her during the evening: out in the country the stars are amazingly bright. It's a night sky you don't see in light-polluted London. It was also amazingly quiet, with no residual traffic noise. Utterly beautiful.

Watched the cricket: a fascinating tense battle between England and Sri Lanka that went down to the last ball. Gripping stuff. Very disappointed to see Fernando stop on the last ball - I don't think that's in the spirit of the game at all, even though it is lawful. There's a difference (mostly forgotten in today's society) between what is legal and what is moral.

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At 7:09 PM, Blogger Salil said...

I saw the cricket as well - a great match, although given Fernando's past, I really think too many people are being very hard on him.
I still have my doubts as to whether he stopped in his delivery stride in gamesmanship or simply out of feeling the pressure himself.

Keep in mind that Dilhara Fernando's been known for choking in the past, conceding runs at the death quite often (which is why it was a huge gamble IMO to pick him for that final over), and has a very well documented history of no-balls. I've seen a lot of bowlers overcome by pressure and pull out of their run up at the last stride, either because they've not got the right rhythm & momentum running in to the wicket, or because they're just not confident about putting it in the right place. From what I saw, I think that may have been more the case with Fernando (especially given how rattled his nerves seemed to be even in the post-match interview straight afterwards).

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

good points - I guess your more informed reading of this situation is likely to be the correct one


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