Yes, it’s the first of the month, and I have a very LONG new feature at FORTUNE about wine, spirits, and climate change. (Thus, why I haven’t been posting as much to the blog, but I hope to remedy that this month with a bunch of reviews in the pipeline.)
For now, here’s an excerpt to whet your palette:
The benefit of letting natural enemies interact the way owls and pests do, goes beyond any economical equation. Sometimes these actions are expensive but their return is perceived in many ways,” says Pauline Lhote, head cellarmaster at Napa Valley’s Domaine Chandon winery. “Not exposing our employees to chemical products makes it a better place to work for them.”
Lhote notes that the winery doesn’t actually bring in barn owls, but rather they’re attracted by the boxes designed specifically to serve as nests at each of our estate vineyards. Domaine Chandon has over 90 barn owl boxes with more than 80% of occupation rate distributed around the vineyards.
“Disrupting nature as little as possible allows the land to develop into its ideal conditions, producing healthier soil and vines,” Lhote says. “Healthy grapes mean better wine for everyone.”
The full story is online at Fortune.com now.
Image: Domaine Chandon