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Crop Thinning as Harvest Approaches

With harvest surging towards us, it is time to thin the crop of grapes that is hanging on the vines. Why cut off such lovely fruit? Because the grape’s genetic program evolved to create the maximum quantity of seeds, while as winemakers we want to create the maximum quality of wine.  As a result, the […]

Harvest Update

Harvest Update August 27, 2017 Veraison, the onset of ripening, began a couple weeks ago for us in our Winter’s Hill Vineyard. The grapes are slowly changing from green unripe berries to the beautiful red pinot that we know and love. The berries will begin to plump up as they develop sugar and flavors. As […]

Shoot Thinning Time in the Vineyard

5/24/2017 This past wave of heat has pushed our vines right up to the critical shoot thinning & suckering window: nearly everything is growing and exposed, but still young and tender so that the offending shoots are easily rubbed off with the fingers. The shoots are 4 to 8 inches long with 3 or 4 […]

New Growth and Old Memories

Hiking through the vineyard today, it is clear that the growing season is underway, no matter how reluctantly the cold dreary winter recedes. On May 1 there was nothing but closed, fat pink buds; on May 3rd little green mouse ears were everywhere. Now the shoots of block 5, barely 530 feet in elevation and […]