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Vines by nature: Some Central Coast grape growers depend on seasonal cycles to dry farm their vines

The red-hued, sandy soil in the area west of New Cuyama is made up of the sort of fine dust that settles on your shoes and clothes, softening the color of jeans and cowboy boots.  This soil is where Stephen Gliessman and Roberta Jaffe opted to root their grape vines about two decades ago. They grow zinfandel, shiraz, mission, and Pedro Ximénez wine grapes in the windy, often dry, and seemingly desolate rolling hills in northeastern Santa Barbara County, just outside the boundaries of Los Padres National Forest.  “Zinfandel... [ Read Article ]