Here’s a few questions for you:
-Have you ever wondered what Integrated Pest Management is?
-Have you ever thought about Agro-Oenology?
-Have you ever wondered what mealybugs and the band Survivor have in common?
-Can you spell Cryptolaemus Montrouzieri, and did you know they ship by mail?
-Do you know what a “Viticulturist” actually does?
I have a tremendously fascinating video I’d like to share with you. Caleb Mosely, our viticulturist here at Monte Bello, has been very involved in something called “Integrated Pest Management,” which is, per the website of the Environmental Protection Agency, “an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.”
For our purposes here at Ridge, Integrated Pest Management is yet one more way of trying to harmonize with our land and environment in the service of sustainable, ecologically-sensitive viticultural production; I personally think this is truly one of the most fascinating things we’re currently engaged in, and I’ve been tremendously impressed with Caleb’s dedication to, and knowledge about, these philosophies and methodologies. I encourage you to watch the video, it’s phenomenal! You can see it here: