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Summer 2015 / 2016

– Nov 16, 2015 –

Bee Good “Where the bee sucks there suck I,” sings Ariel in praise of nature in the Immortal Bard’s Tempest. One of the things that we love at Pegasus Bay is working amongst nature in full flight. You see the seasons of the year roll by and their magical effect on all of the plants and animals that we have in our little patch. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of the tiny; the world of insects. It is filled with fascinating encounters and one such is shown on the cover. One of our large resident population...

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Spring 2015

– Aug 03, 2015 –

Spring Sex in the Vineyard Spring has almost sprung and is on our doorstep. Mother Nature is once again intent on renewing herself. In the vineyard it is an exciting but nervous time. The dormant buds swell and then slowly burst open, revealing their brilliantly green but tender little leaves and shoots. Should a spring frost occur, this growth may be destroyed with a loss of fruit the following autumn. But even if Jack Frost is thwarted and the vineyard is unscathed a miserably small crop may disappoint the vigneron when it comes to harvest time. Why is that?It is...

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Autumn 2015

– Apr 22, 2015 –

Roll Out the Barrel Wine lovers; spare a thought for the humble barrel. It has been around for a very long time, at least since the days of Imperial Rome, and it has been used in winemaking from the middle ages or earlier. In those times it was nothing more than a storage vessel. About the only alternatives to hold big quantities of fluid were pottery or animal hides, with their obvious limitations. We are now spoilt for choice. Nonetheless, the wooden barrel remains important, as any winery visit will show you. Why should this be? Barrels are difficult to...

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Summer 2014 / 2015

– Dec 01, 2014 –

Marching through the Dangerous Ides The soothsayer said to Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March”, to which the great man blithely answered, “The Ides of March are come.” The reply was prophetic, “Aye, Caesar, but not gone.” This was according to the imagination of Shakespeare but what followed is a matter of historical truth. Before the Ides had passed Caesar was a bloodied corpse. What are the Ides and when are they important? The Ides are particular days in the Roman calendar and there is one near the middle of every month. That in March falls on the 15th. If...

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