The Uncertainty Mindset 2019-2020

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low-intervention wine

Vaughn Tan22nd January 2021 at 2:02pm

Wine made with few or no fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides in the vineyard. No yeast, color, or flavor added in the cellar. No pasteurization, as little sulfur as possible—or none at all. By choosing to not take these and other control actions, the low-intervention winemaker accepts increased uncertainty and potential for failure by giving up some control of the exact nature of the wine that results. The tradeoff from applying the uncertainty mindset in this way is that the wine that results has the possibility of surprise and delight.

To learn more about low-intervention wine, start with #6: Stacking the deck.

See also: affordances, agathonicity, causality, complexity, design, discomfort, food, freedom, knowability, maintenance by design, negative capability, not-knowing, open-endedness, productive discomfort, quality, regenerative agriculture, stacking the deck, strategy, the work of uncertainty, tradeoffs, value.