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Clos Saron, California – Gideon Beinstock

February 5, 2012

Why do you do what you do?

We farm grapes and make wine since we love this way of living. We enjoy wine with our dinner, and all aspects of its production. It is demanding in many ways – agricultural, industrial, and commercial in nature. And yet since wine is a living product, it has something different about it than any other product we can think of. And it brings harmony, joy, and beauty into people’s lives.

Why do you choose to do it the way you do?

This is a case where both our personal needs and the wine quality needs meet: we live on the same land that produces our grapes – if we use toxic chemicals, they would end up in our drinking water. We’d rather live in a clear environment, which as it happens, contributes to the vitality and purity of our wines.

What disasters have you survived?

Our Pinot Noir vineyards are located in a frost-prone microclimate. We have been dealing with various degree of frost damage just about every year. This often translates into minimizing the resulting damage. In 2008, our whole region suffered from two severely frosty nights: we lost about 85% of our total production.

Are you happy with your work?

We love what we do, even if it is much harder work than people imagine. Living with vines and wines is demanding yet fulfilling: every year you find yourself back in the beginning of a new cycle. Each cycle brings new challenges and opportunities we have never met before. Each resulting wine is its own thing, alive with its own character, expression, and beauty.

website:  www.clossaron.com

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