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Berryessa Gap Vineyards

Mike Anderson
July 21, 2011 | Mike Anderson

View From the Barrel Rack

Seems that the weather is no longer confusing and we are slogging our way to harvest. We are in a lull in the vineyard and most of the decisions of the spring are over and harvest looms. It would seem a great time to take a break. The Frenchies are (in fact they take a lot of breaks, full-time workers in France are guaranteed at least five weeks vacation) but most of us aren’t. Why? I think we pursue the dollar at the expense of enjoyment. Does us a lot of good? I’ll let you decide.

Country Life Expectancy at Birth Wine Consumption
Legally Required
  (Years) (Liter per Capita) (Days per year)
France 80.7 45 30
United States 78.3 9 0
Source United Nations Wine Institute CBS News

Maybe we turn our backs to the good things of life too often – they don’t come too often.


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