Winemaker's Journal catalogs the joys and sorrows of making your own, growing your own & drinking your own wine. It's a resource for winemakers & vineyard growers and a chronicle of life among the vines.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
A Question of Life or Death
Is it ethical to shoot a ground squirrel who eats your grapes? When you're driving down the road alongside your property and you see that same grape-eating squirrel in the road is it ethical to run him over with your car? Who decides what lives and what dies? Who decides who lives and who dies? Isn't this a question for God? By taking the life of a squirrel is there a slippery slope to a hell where giants 100 feet tall are constantly trying to stomp me?
Our adventure started in 2004 in the garage pressing 1,000 lbs. of grapes by hand & paw, thus began Blue-Merle Winery in San Diego, California. In 2006, "Bluey"--the Australian Shepard Blue-Merle who rules the winery--had outgrown life in the city. So, we downsized the house, upsized the land and moved to Blue-Merle Country, a land where dogs run free, blessed with pomegranates & persimmons, olive trees & macadamias, and prowled by bobcats, coyotes and an occasional mountain lion. Continuously battling the challenges of steep terrain, rattlesnakes, drought and wildfires (not to mention vine-eating gophers and ground squirrels), we planted our vineyard in 2007 making hundreds of mistakes along the way. Join us and a cast of characters including Joe the Wino, Merlot Mike, Coyote Karen and Fidel (that rascal) on our continuous adventures and musings as we "Grow Your Own, Make Your Own, Drink Your Own Wine."