Earlier this year my friend Andy (a environmental scientist at Dartmouth) connected me with Justin (pictured here) a soil scientist at UMass-Amherst with an interest in how metals essential for life (Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Zinc), move in the environment. They are key for proteins, chemical signaling, and overall organismal well-being. He is very interested in learning about how these metals get into our food from soils and rocks. While current studies have shown that we can't taste the metals with our taste buds (this is debatable), he has the tools to see the source of metals using stable isotope geochemistry. His idea/goal, is to use samples of local bedrock, soil, vines, leaves, and pomace to tell the story of where the grapes got their nutrients. In addition, determine the source of the nutrient metals that make it in the final wine. He thinks it would be wonderful to say how much of the essential metals of the wine are born from the earth and soil that house their roots. I am stoked to say that he is going to be doing this study here at ellison estate vineyard. #ellisonestatevineyard#soilstudy#wineisfarming
On Monday, our Head Sommelier @Josephonograph took part in a ‘Blind Tasting.’ He tasted four renowned Assyrtiko wines from Greece (clay/loam, limestone, granite, volcanic soil) amongst dozens of other NYC sommeliers and wine professionals. Joe came in first place and won himself a Magnum of Hatzidakis wine. Congrats Joe! 🍷
"Before the continental drift, Red Devonian Slate was found at the equator. We don't know exactly why, but our red slate Riesling's taste entirely different from our blue slate ones, even when they are grown less than 50m apart and made in exactly the same way. Expect lighter more floral Rieslings from blue slate Riesling, and spicier and more tropical ones from red slate."
- Diego Rios, Winemaker at Heymann-Lowenstein
More soil studies. We pulled about 3 feet of soil out of this slope to study the color and texture and then compare it to the Haywood County Soil Survey. Red soil is indicative of oxidized iron. #soils#soilstudy#soilsurvey#evard#fineloam#loam
As above, so below. The importance of soil quality is the foundation of all agricultural endeavors, literally.
We are striving in our experiments to find the media formula that will nurture incredible medicine; a soil formula that is alive, that is renewable, that manages it's self, that adds nutrition as it ages, much like we add wisdom throughout our lives.
This living laboratory is giving us not only amazing medicine, but incredible knowledge on the intricacies of the cannabis biosphere; the microbes, the companion planting, the beneficiary insects, light wavelength and intensities, and the exact moisture and elemental composition of the soil and air.
This is what I've been doing this week. In this field course (still two weeks to go) our team wanted to find out stuff about soil, for example how it changes when turned into a field after being a forest. This is an interesting subject because forests are taken into cultivation all over the world even though they store carbon and reduce climate change on their part, which is something cultivated areas don't do. So we're hoping see some differences in our test results, and to learn a lot of new things and techniques, of course. :) #environmentalecology#soil#soilstudy#lammibiologicalstation#universityofhelsinki#fieldcourse#carboncycle#nitrogencycle