4:34pm | April 3, 2013

Who is that Masked Man? Amigo Bob

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“Working with the gentle yet precise advise of our advisor, Amigo Bob Cantisano and I walk the vineyards every month, and devise the solutions to problems that nature can best address. Sometimes our allies are critters, sometimes a plant, sometimes a matter of timing our activities to a stronger part of a natural cycle, and therefore yielding an advantage over the situation. Whatever the challenge, I can count on Amigo Bob as a leader and a friend. He is simply one of the most important thinkers of our time in ways of gentler, low footprint farming, ways that we simply must adopt with seriousness and speed regardless of the crop or stock.”

– Michael Chiarello

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Reflections on Amigo Bob Cantisano – “West Coast Field Poet”

EPSON scanner image“Shawn Corey Carter (aka Jay-Z), refers to his genre of music, not as rap or hip-hop, but as “East Coast Street Poet.” Semantics? Perhaps not. Jay-Z does have his own deal and style going. This leads me to Amigo Bob Cantisano, Chiarello Vineyards’ enigmatic viticultural consultant (grapegrower), you might say is a “West Coast Field Poet.” Only refer to him as Mr. Cantisano if you’re awarding him the Nobel Prize; Bob if you’re being formal. Otherwise, he’s “Amigo” (as nicknamed by his high school sweetheart back in the days of Jimi Hendrix). We love Amigo, and well, so does everybody else, including Mother Earth. Why? He’s a wine whisperer. And Amigo is more than sought-after. He’s in demand, as one of California’s foremost experts on organic agriculture. Amigo’s been farming organically since 1974. He helped to start California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Ecological Farming Association’s annual conference (EcoFarm), and Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, Aeolia Organics, Organic Ag Advisors, the Felix Gillet Institute and other social change projects. To find out more about the man, the myth, the legend, do as Amigo instructs all inquisitors, “…just Google me…”

– by Chiarello Vineyards Winery Sommelier, Brandon St. Martin

 

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