#VineWatch13: Week 8! (Sustainability & Star Wars)

Sustainability is a tricky thing.

It’s like mind in search of no-mind.

There is no there there.

Sustainability is a tricky thing.

It’s like sequestration.

There is no perfect answer, and there must always be compromise.

As but one example, consider weeds.

Eschew organic farming? Great, no weeds! But, poison soil and impure product.

Ok, so farm organically!

But wait! Yikes, weeds! Too many weeds! 11 holes in the weed-dam, and only 10 dam fingers!

Ok, so get tractors.

Ok, got tractors.

Yikes, diesel! Carbon footprint, carbon footprint!

The point being, we farm our estates organically, but the weed pressure is unstoppable without machine weeding, which is a carbon footprint issue.

Sustainability.

It’s like mind in search of no-mind.

In the end, we make our choices, and honor the land as best we can.

–For more about our Sustainability endeavors (organic farming, eco-contruction, water management, solar power, etc.), please click here.

And in the meantime, let’s look at some cool pics — kindly provided by Lytton Springs viticulturist Will Thomas — of groovy farming implements!

(To see Will’s in-row tiller shots from last week’s #VineWatch13 post, please click the Week 7 link at the bottom of the page!)

Check out this bad boy …

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That’s The Disc, man. Righteous.

And dig this!

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The Sunflower!

It’s been said that The Sunflower was the inspiration for one of George Lucas’s iconic Star Wars creations; can  you guess which one?

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Beautiful implements, in the hands of talented and passionate women and men, in the service of funky and soulful vines; that’s the fact, Jack.

Up at Lytton, our vine is as fine as the wine and the dine; check it out …

Up top!

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Close up!

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And over at Monte Bello, our vine is strictly CabFab …

From below!

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From up top!

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And down the line!

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Please stay tuned as we follow our lovely vines through the 2013 vintage!

We’re eight weeks in to-date, and for a quick look back, please enjoy the links below:

Week 7

Week 6

Week 5

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2-Lytton Springs / Week 2-Monte Bello

Week 1

(if you’re following #RidgeVineyards on Twitter, you can also track VineWatch 2013 by specifically filtering for the following hashtag: #VineWatch13)



Categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, Vineyards and Oenology, Wine Tales, Zinfandel

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