By Kori ~ March 1st, 2011.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is shoot thinning.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’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 vine’s head or cordon. …. The aim of shoot thinning is to reduce the density of the canopy and to avoid leaf congestion later in the season.
Layman’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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