We all need light to remain healthy. Amongst other things, it is essential for the metabolism of vitamin D, on which our bone structure depends, and most of this beneficial light comes from the sun.
Perhaps you have heard about the search for water on the moon, Mars and even more distant celestial bodies. Why all the interest?
Close your eyes and imagine a vineyard. What do you see?
Here is a curly question for you; who or what is a leaf roller?
So, you thought you would like to do a vintage? In the vineyard, in the winery or a mixture of both? Working over harvest sounds romantic, doesn’t it?
Wandering about a vineyard in the grey of dawn, you may see things in a new light, especially if you have been up all-night fighting frost during the spring. At that season, the vines have no leaves and look rather like an army of small people holding their arms out to bar the way or in welcome.
As you are reading this, the chances are that you like wine. You may not be an expert but you probably know what type you prefer, even if it’s only “red” or “white”. Wine buffs often pride themselves on being able to identify a range of wines served blind.
It was raining when we left Christchurch one morning earlier in the year and it looked as though it had set in for the day. It was a short journey but, when we arrived at Pegasus Bay Vineyard, Winery and Restaurant, the sky was blue, the sun was shining brightly and the day was warm. Even before we got out of the car, we could hear the lilting refrain of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) wafting on the breeze to greet us.
Ask any wine merchant what is the best vintage of a wine and you can predict the response; it is the vintage they are currently selling. If you don’t believe the wine merchant then why should you trust the winemaker?
Next time you pop a grape in your mouth, spare a thought for what it is. You’ll be excused if “delicious” comes to mind but we’re not discussing taste, flavour or even variety here, we’re talking about structure.
Life is full of little quirks and things that seem irrelevant often turn out to be vital. Take the discovery of the cause of the rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The sub viral-sized infectious particles were discovered by investigating a similar weird neurological disorder in central highland cannibals in New Guinea so that when there was an epidemic of Creutzfeldt-Jakob in Britain in 1980’s the source was rapidly determined.
As your years tick by you will come to realise that there’s only one thing worse than reaching maturity-that’s not making it!-and if you can do it in style then so much the better.
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