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Around the World in 80 Days (and 32 Pictures)

by Mark Schatzker

WORKING THE LAND IN BURGUNDY

Winemaking in Burgundy, it turns out, is the art of making the vine's life difficult. The wine tastes best when the vine is old, and when it has to struggle. Winemaking in Burgundy, it turns out, is also the art of making the vintner's life difficult. You have to bend, squat, or sit to manhandle a vine, and getting up from either position elicits joint creaking and muscle strain. After 20 minutes, the price of the wine starts to seem like a bargain. After another 20 minutes, you need to drink some.

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