Monthly Archives: April 2011

As good a time as any

I’ve had an exhausting day. I’ve been up since 4:30 am. Mowed the vineyard, sprayed the vines with kaolin, added ice to the fermenters (cold stabilizing my Montepulciano) and washed my jumpsuit and winery towels. Then, my son and I … Continue reading

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Am I doing it right?

I always thought “Aglianico” was pronounced “a-lee-YAN-ee-koh”. Apparently, I was off by a few phonemens…  (above video is from Jeremy Parzen’s Italian Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project) But, then, as I progress with this vineyard, I’m frequently asking if … Continue reading

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Goings on

I’ve been a busy vigneron this past week. About a month ago, my father and I drove up to Bakersfield and bought 90 T-posts. The plan was to replace the existing wood stakes with metal T-posts and to put in … Continue reading

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Vine Clinic: What’s the problem?

A few leaves on my Aglianico back-up vines look a little weird. I am not worried about them. But I wanted to put it to readers: should I be? What are the changes in the photos below?

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Fwowewth

This is what Aglianico flowers look like – about a month after bud break. This site shows some great close-ups of individual flowers at various stages.

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Mowing and cutting.

A month after budbreak started and a month after the covercrop was first cut, I went out the vineyard to start prepping the site for T-posts. The covercrop had grown back to two to three feet. On a cool Saturday … Continue reading

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Awakenings

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There have been a lot of changes at my vineyard. I have pruned and the vines have begun bud break. The Aglianico is about two to four weeks ahead of the Montepulciano. Below are some recent snapshots:

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