Ever wish you could get a “do over” – start anew once experience has been gained and facts acquired? Just think, we could go back in time armed with current knowledge to fix things before they broke. We could have slowed or stopped climate change before it became an issue, created better rapid transit, improved our roadways, saved more of the rainforest, preserved open space and wetlands, stopped wars, made sure we had the right leaders – ones who could have worked in the best interests of the planet. But we can’t go back. We can only move forward with the knowledge gained from time.
We’ve seen and learned much over the past three-plus decades. We’ve seen how conscientious, organic farming practices can improve soil, sequester carbon, increase healthy microbial activity, improve bio-diversity with an increase in beneficial insects, birds and wildlife – all while producing better quality grapes for more elegant wines. But we can always learn more each vintage by tweaking things here and there to get better and less impactful as we go – all the while improving our wine growing and wine making for more expressive, delicious and elegant wines. Each step along the way is an opportunity for a do over… that is if we don’t fear change and learn from the past to make a better future.