Monday, January 13

     Well, here we are again talking about wine. Fruit juice diet so to speak. After further analysis I did find California, (the #1 grape grower in America) to not only have a coastal boundary. As do most of the "good" grape growing nations; Spain, Portugal, France, etc. Do take account I am not including Argentina, as it sits in the southern hemisphere. Of the northern hemisphere grape producing nations, all sit in or about the same latitude. Yes, including California. You may be thinking, Neo, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky are all on the same parallel (Latitude) as California... Yes this is true... so why not grow grapes there too? As discussed earlier (blog post # such and such) I think we are missing the salt that comes from being in a coastal zone. I'm afraid Kentucky missed the mark as the Ohio river is fresh water (sorta stinks, but it is considered "fresh" water). So this being said, my theory is still holding water. Ohio totally missed this one as not only being 'landlocked' but is also to far north. You see, growing grapes is a complicated and delicate procedure. Now I am not talking about the grapes you buy for the kids to have a healthy snack; I am talking of grapes of much more delicate nature. Wine grapes. No, really, its hard to be a wine grape. After you grow and develop you are crushed, squashed and have your juice made to a product that could sit for decades in a collectors case; waiting for the right day to be opened and consumed. Therefore, wine grapes need to be trained, cultured, pruned, watered and cared for the entire growing season. And you wonder why the under $10 bottles taste so much like vinegar (Tisdale comes to mind). Bogle which runs about $10 a bottle (cabernet sauvignon) is a decent wine. 

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