At the very beginning or start of it all Paleo Sweets Cookbook all wine-making begins with the grape product itself. It is true that much can be overcome, with a lot of hard work, if the grapes themselves are not of prime raw material. However this in a major way is a lot of wasted effort and expense. Climate, soil and site all come together in the end with the raw material for wines in the form of grapes themselves. It can best be said that the ultimate taste and character of all wines depends and will depend on a multitude of factors, embracing a full range of viticulture and vinification. Not to be forgotten are the more mundane travails of any wine product as storage, transport conditions and in the case of some wine products shelf life.
Still at the heart of all wine making and good wine making lays the grape or grapes themselves and how they ultimately taste. The very grape is the basis of the finished wine product. Simple as that. How can the end product be sufficient or extraordinary if the basis of its manufacture is not? Well and simply said, the nobler the grape variety or varieties the more its basic quality and qualities will assert themselves. Nothing can possibly or ever elevate a poor or middling grape variety, not even the cleverest vinification. On the contrary side poor vinification practices can ruin the finest or noblest grapes. Quite apart from any inherent qualities of any individual grape varieties, no good wine can ever be made from unhealthy must. The grapes must always be picked at optimum point in time. Picked grapes must be fully free of any rot or bacteria. It can be said that if any vineyard owners have been lax in checking their vine stands with sprays against the varieties of pests and plagues that can bother and affect good vineyard - be they mildew or odium or if they have been less than vigilant in watching leaf growth or encouraging good air circulation avoiding the troubles of excess humidly , or been negligent in any of a number of pests be it insects or just downright laziness when it comes to watching over his vineyard all will come to naught with the final product of grapes