A selection of articles that caught our attention:
The Problem With Some Cashews - Slow Food 2020
As we sat here at the winery munching away on cashews, we thought about the environmental and human aspects of harvesting. It was a reminder to check the source of the foods we eat!
TLDR: The shell of the cashew nut contains anacardic acid that can burn. Not all suppliers provide protective gloves or fair pay.
“Burns are a fact of life for up to 500,000 workers in India’s cashew industry, nearly all women. They are employed without contracts, with no guarantee of steady income, no pension or holiday pay. Many don’t even get gloves, and if they did, they probably couldn’t afford to wear them. Gloves would slow their shelling down, and they are paid by the kilo.”
Agro-forestry To Grow Better Grapes And Combat Climate Change - Earth Island Journal Jun 2020
TLDR: Planting trees between the vines can aid by providing shade, acting as a windbreak, and creating a micro-climate that might improve the quality of the grapes.
Plants Need Birds - Scientific American Jan 2022
Climate change is causing birds and mammals to move away from their normal habitats, but what happens to the plants that depended on them for seed dispersal? Loss of biodiversity is a problem for plants that can't just pack up and go.
"For decades scientists have been tracking which birds and other animals eat fruits and the seeds they contain, how far those seeds are transported and whether they germinate wherever they are deposited. These are what ecologists call mutualistic interactions. “The animal gets some fruit, and the plant gets to move,” Fricke explains."
Wine Can Be Intimidating - Yahoo News Jan 2022
Should you follow wine etiquette? Apparently eight out of ten people do not. Good to hear! Wine should be a joy.
"When it comes to where they drink, unconventional locations topped the list, with 43% enjoying wine in bed and 30% while taking a bath. Drinking wine on the beach was another favorite among 42% of respondents."
Vineyards Dumping Chemicals in Pest Battle - From Wine Searcher Jan 12, 2022
TLDR - climate change is pushing viticulturalists to look at new ways of controlling pests. This article looks at using fans to dry grapes, teas (like our biodynamic preps), and increasing biodiversity to improve the soil biome.
Data Point: "In the US alone, about 1 billion pounds of pesticide is applied to control weeds, insects and other pests, according to the US Department of the Interior.... According to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, in 2018, 30,345,692 pounds of chemical pesticide landed on vineyards just in the Golden State, with 637,000 planted acres getting hit."
Wines In Niagara Reviews Southbrook - Jan 3, 2022
Rick VanSickle tries our 2019 Estate Reds and really enjoys our Poetica Red.
Food Matrices - Jan 2022
TLDR - there's a big difference between eating a whole almond than an almond that's been ground up - actually, there are about 30% more calories in the ground up almond.
Data Point: "Studies show that eating butter causes a rise in blood cholesterol, especially LDL or the ‘bad’ kind. However, eating hard cheese that contains the same amount of fat and has a similar fatty acid composition as butter can cause a much smaller rise in blood cholesterol levels, no rise at all or even a fall."
Preserving Grapes Using Kangina - March 2021
Afghans use an ancient method to preserve grapes for eating in the winter. Still fresh after six months. Amazing.
Are You Allergic To Wine? - 2018
Sulfites, histamines, tannins - probably not these culprits, if you can eat dried fruit, aged cheese and drink tea.
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