By Kori ~ March 1st, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is shoot thinning.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Shoot thinning is the vineyard operation normally carried out by hand in the early spring which consists of breaking off unwanted shoots arising from the vineâ€™s head or cordon. â€¦. The aim of shoot thinning is to reduce the density of the canopy and to avoid leaf congestion later in the season.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Shoot thinning is a canopy management technique in which unwanted shoot growth is removed during the spring.
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