The Sweet Taste of Success

Gerard Colin is in despair about the state of his vines. Pacing along a line of barren brown twigs, the French winemaker stares balefully at the ground, then sinks to his knees beside a particularly spindly specimen. "What a ragamuffin," he groans. "How can I make grapes with wood like this?" Behind him, two Chinese farmers exchange anxious looks. Colin calls his assistant over to translate, and asks for a pair of pruning shears. Snipping the dry wood almost down to the ground, he tells the farmers not to worry about a small harvest in the fall: "If you let such...

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