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Big Basin Vineyards, California – Bradley Brown

March 24, 2012

Why do you do what you do?

Two reasons – I have a great deal of creative energy and need to create on an ongoing basis. Making different wines from different vineyards every year satisfies this need. Second reason is a strong connection to nature. Tending a vineyard and paying attention to the nuances of the weather and land calls me.

How do you do it?

As skillfully and naturally as possible. In the vineyard, this means everything is done by hand and organically. In the winery, it means we keep the winery very clean, ferment on native yeast and bottle unfined and unfiltered.

Ultimately, attempting to make a great wine is a humbling experience because Mother Nature has so much to do with it. We have to understand how nature impacts the vines, select the right sites and nurture the vines as a living thing that is impacted by all that Mother Nature can dish out – rain, wind, insects, mildew, and so on.

We can’t control the weather, but we can heavily influence the quality of the grapes through intensive viticulture such as composting, staying on top of mildew/disease control, proper pruning, shoot thinning, leaf pulling, hedging and fruit thinning. Far less money is spent in high yielding vineyards that produce lesser wines. It has been proven through various studies that the intensive vine management we use yields fruit that produces darker, more complex and intense wines.

Krishna and Piccolina

(Photos courtsey of Bradley Brown)

website: www.bigbasinvineyards.com

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