Growing up in Italy with Chef Walter.

Life was simple, good, and we had just what we needed. We produced all our needs on the farm, including proteins, dairies, organic fruits & vegetables, wine, and more. The only staples we got from the market were sugar, salt, coffee (Nonna Maria mixed with toasted chicory seeds to save money), and sometimes canned tuna (Como is far from the sea, and fresh fish was very expensive). The currency used at the time between our neighboring families was a loaf of bread, a chunk of cheese, a small salami (when it was available), or a bottle of house wine. That means if you need help from me, you didn’t need money, and we had a good time after we finished the job. By the end of our lives, more or less, we will be even.

What do ill-fitting pants and pruned vines have in common?

Cane pruning is common practice in Organ and coastal vineyards, especially for pinot noir, but is an unusual occurrence in our area. Pruning techniques vary from area to area and winemaker to winemaker, depending upon many factors such as airflow, proliferation, canopy management, rain, and moisture. Because Paso Robles is typically a dry area, more foliage is desired for protecting the fruit from the sun.