Archive for October, 2009

Golf is a Hunting/Gathering Simulation

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 by weshagen

I was out golfing last week and I came to an odd revelation. Golf is a simulation of classic human/early primate hunting/gathering.

Besides being invented by bored shepherds in Scotland, golf is a perfect simulator to help us practice hunting/gathering skills lost Millennia ago:

1) We go to a high viewing point and put a ball down and whack it. The simulation has bgun!

2) We carry a bag of weapons (clubs) a few hundred yards away, put down the bag, search frantically for our quarry (with a club in hand), and after we find it, we whack it with a club. Club goes in the bag and off we go, walking again to find our quarry.

3) We scan the horizon, the bushes, the grasslands, even the water for signs of our quarry, and when we think we see it we reach for the weapon to strike it.

4) Golf allows us to practice every aspect of the hunt: preparation, weapons practice, the hunt for quarry, the striking of quarry, the retrieval of quarry, the shit-talking between the striking and the retrieval, and of course the walk between strikes and retrieval is pure human exercise: weight bearing, mind-sharpening (using all senses).

My final summation is that golf, at least when walked, is about the best hunter/gatherer simulation a human can participate in. A 4-5 mile walk with about 100 weapon strikes. Good exercise and it informs our ancient warrior.

What do you think?

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by weshagen

This is a short post I did about the appropriateness of AVA’s in a developing wine region.

I’ve been thinking about this, and I think the key is to do a new AVA in a region about every 5 years…like a Boston album, well thought out, slow growth of regional identity.

People knew in 1972 that the santa Rita Hills were a very unique winegrowing coastal throat, but we waited until 1997 to submit. I knew in 1996 that there was some really nice Cabernet being grown on the east side of Santa Ynez, and Bryan Babcock told me about Happy Canyon where the red and green rock escarpments (chert and serpentine) had been breaking down for ages, and that the calcium/magnesium ratio would slightly stunt growth…hot weather, natural crop limitation. Babcock now believes HC is a bit too hot for some grapes, and is really bullish on the Figueroa Mountain area just to the west of HC of SB. Sounds like another AVA in 10 years. Los Alamos deserves one, as does Ballard Canyon. Premier Pacific may go for a Salsipuedes AVA west of Santa Rita Hills as well.

I also believe there may be climates too small for AVA’s, but extraordinarily exciting, west of Lompoc for sparkling wine, and between the SRH boundary and Buellton for Rhones and some white cal Ital, and perhaps Alsatians.

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2009 by weshagen

Hello all.  This is the extension of my original ‘Year in the Vineyard’  Wine Blog.  I found the Thursday deadline to be a little depressing, so I’m going to write a little more often and not quite as in depth.

I’ll be talking about my life as a winegrower, wine maker, wine writer, and general bon vivant.

I may riff on my hobbies of wine, beer, spirits, live music ( Click Here for a treat of live music for you ) , comparative mythology, secular humanism, cultural issues, you name it!

My mind moves in strange and interesting ways–think of it as a wave to surf, and get ready for an unusual ride!