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    • On Palate Press: Water footprints and Waiheke (and chickens, again)

      My Palate Press piece for this month (which I really wish was entitled something involving “water” to make the subject more clear) is a bit about Waiheke Island, just off the coast of Auckland, and a bit about water footprints in the wine industry. The relationship between the two is that Waiheke — shockingly, for a North American accustomed to consistent public amenities lik ...

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  • On Palate Press: Old wine research we’re still trying to finish

    … for the taxpayers of California or even the United States — seems increasingly meaningful, and a good reminder of this massive, excellent, egalitarian knowledge-sharing project we practice through land-grant universities and agricultural extensions. I won’t ask you to excuse my unfashionable patriotism. Like this: Like Loading... Related Posted in Palate Press Tagged Hilgardia, land-grant universities, Palate Press, UC Davis Nov·11…

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  • Yield and quality, and epistemology (on Palate Press)

    … peoples’ experience suggests that more may be going on than science has yet to document. 3. It’s a perennial question for a reason (or two): it’s interesting, and it’s important. And revisiting interesting and important things is worthwhile. 4. Richard Smart wrote an article for Wine Business Monthly back in 2004 proving, via contrary anecdotes…

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  • On Palate Press: Sustainability, in New Zealand and elsewhere

    … My September piece for Palate Press asks, “Is New Zealand the world’s most sustainable wine producing country?” to which the answer is: quite possibly, but the metrics we have don’t exactly say. The more important point is that sustainability is an excellent tool for industry self-improvement and a pretty terrible tool for comparisons between…

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  • Using a log splitter to perform surgery and other thoughts on alcohol regulations

    … My August piece for Palate Press, up today, reviews some of the recent literature on what alcohol restrictions do for public health. I’d hoped, when I first logged in to PubMed, for one of two things. 1. Three or four reviews showing that placing restrictions on alcohol reduces consumption by “everyday” drinkers but doesn’t change heavy drinkers…

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  • Where’s Hardy? Wallace AWOL? Not Goode! Plus: Whine Radio? Say Wha!

    … whereabouts, not in the least because weeks ago {before he become “Oh, That Hardy”}, the young man from Atlanta pledged to serve in some capacity on Palate Press. Next thing we knew, the gig was Hardy’s, but he grew quieter than the major league baseball pennant races! Today, however, we are proud to announce that we have a bead on the Hardster…

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  • Fall Forward? Palate Present?

    …, on to a more cerebral topic: I am back in the Wine Media Game. For the past month or so, this blog has been very…quiet…as I have been working on the launch of a new website: www.palatepress.com. If you are reading this on Wednesday, 09/09/09, do not click through just yet. The official launch is tomorrow, September 10, 2009. In short, Palate Press…

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