Tuesday, August 09, 2016
George MacLeod and his family bought acreage back in 1974 without really knowing anything about winegrape growing, it seems. But he brought plenty of passion with him. If one is in doubt as to Mr. MacLeod's romance with the land, his inscription to me, at the front of the book, says,"To Vinogirl - Here is a true vineyard love story! With affection, George, grower". Case closed.
The Land Remembers has some interesting sections on soil, topography and water, with accompanying charts and photographs - all the vine-geeky stuff I love. There is a short chapter on 'Microbial Terroir' which has really piqued my curiosity. I am really enjoying all the viticultural reading I have been doing of late. This book is a lovely addition to my humble reference library.
The book was written with Arthur Dawson, and other contributors. One of the contributors is yours truly: yes, I contributed a photograph of a smudge pot (page 79). Ta da! That's my 15 minutes of fame done.