I recently was invited by the Mendocino County Wine Grape Growers to check out their annual pruning contest. This one lends itself to the visual, so I'll intro the coverage just to mention that while speed is something that these gents are good at, covering a row of 30+ vines in less than a few minutes, the contest is more than that. Quality of the pruning is eminently important, both to the contest, but more importantly, to the stability and health of the vines. Next vintage is directly effected by what the pruner does now.
Thanks to these gentlemen, who came from far and wide to show their talents, for their efforts not here, but in their daily work so we might be able to enjoy a bit of fine fermented grape juice.