What could make a more flavorful wine? The answer might be in composting food waste. Bob Shaffer is an agronomist who consults for Napa and Sonoma county vineyards. Through scientific soil analysis, he is able to determine what is deficient in the soil and bring it back to balance through sustainable farming practices such as composting. In addition, restaurant food waste is collected and turned into compost by San Francisco's waste management company, Sunset Scavenger.
Soil science produces better tasting wine
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What could make a more flavorful wine? The answer might be in composting food waste. Bob Shaffer is an agronomist who consults for Napa and Sonoma co...
Nov 4, 2009
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of its environment. This is why all wines have unique characters and only a few vineyards have reputations for genuinely consistent greatness. Paying attention to the soil in which vines grow is a firm grasp of the obvious. But composting must not introduce contents unnatural to a vineyard's environment. Using restaurant waste for compost, for example, should therefore only be used for vegetables and not wines.
Firstly, hopefully soil science is finally catching up with proven soil improvement practices based on organic practices used for centuries. But it's the same old story really. When some good and proven practices from the past, (here natural organic farming) that have been trampled on by science for years as being "unscientific", are finally seen to have scientific merit, then science claims the discovery and never acknowledges the years of their ignorance and persecution. I am an engineer, so I am not against science, but I find most scientists are among the most closed minded of people, and often very far from their own ideal of keeping an open mind and looking at the evidence. Instead they often just stick to their current dogmatic theories and paradigms, that history shows all change over time anyway. Medicine is another area of such extreme arrogance. I think it is about bloody time scientists get down off their arrogant high horses and start to show some respect for the wisdom traditional practices often incorporate. Let's hope we get good at working WITH nature before nature works us out of the picture. IH
I sell Micorrizae by the pound, along with humic acids. These 2 in combination with compost really build fertile soils. It is called Pedongenesis. Works on all plants, Grapes too ! 4Pesto
What in the world are you talking about? Where do you think the nutrients to sustain life comes from? 1. Everything feeds off the dead to live. What do you think synthetic fertilizer is made of exactly? 2. Australian wine has topped the ratings wine reviewers for almost 20 years. wtf man?
I think its DISGUSTING!! Australian wine has fallen prey to this concept. Treating the soil with decomposing fish meat, egg stuffs! Who's the idiot who'll believe its all to make the wine taste better? Because the fact is that Australia is one big dryed out land, so this disgusting composte is to make the soil fertile dummy! NOT TO MAKE THE BLOODY WINE TASTE BETTER! Its just an excuse! Who's the imbecile who has no taste for good wine who'll enjoy it? Because the actual taste is like grape wine mixed with food tasting like aroma! The first time I bought a bottle of Australian wine was the last! It had an aweful fish taste, and when I read the tag. . .Indeed Watson. . .Fish Extract Enriched Soil! Please stop doing this in the name of wine!