Recently, much has been said about the Resnick's decision to bulldoze a forest of old oak trees in Paso Robles, California.
This year, we planted our first vineyard here in the Finger Lakes. When we were looking for land, Louis always would say we want “nude” land, meaning land that had already been cleared and was sitting dormant. We found something close to that, which was a vineyard that had not been farmed since 1983. Was it difficult to clear the old wires, posts and vines out? Yes! Wires left behind are a mechanical nightmare to deal with, and they love to tangle up in sprockets and break machinery - things were no different for us. Would we do it differently? Absolutely not. I am really happy to be breathing life back into what was once a productive parcel of land, and having some local long-term economic impact as well. It is the same great feeling one gets when renovating an old house, very rarely cheap, but certainly satisfying.