Title: Wine-Making from a Scientist's Viewpoint


At Hendry Ranch "Wine-Making" involves growing good fruit, making appropriate processing decisions, and reaching a receptive market. Analytic methods contribute to each of these activities but have limits that arise from the large number of interrelated variables we work with. This talk presents some observations I have made over a lifetime in the same vineyard and proposes some models that help me understand some features of our wine-making process. I conclude that the complex interplay of soil and climate has a more profound effect on the final result than my efforts in the cellar, that wine is more ours to destroy than to make.