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 I’m doing it right.

Case in point: I plan to use a multi-pronged approach on combating Glassy Winged Sharpshooters in my vineyard. The vines will receive a systemic insecticide (through the irrigation system) and I will also apply the crop protectant, Surround WP (Kaolin clay) to the leaves and canes. Surround helps repel GWSS by making the canes unpleasant to land on.

I mixed up a test batch per package insert and tried it on my back-up vines:

Canopy of one of my back-up Aglianico vines after spraying with Kaolin. Is this amount of film normal or excessive?

Canopy of one of my back-up Aglianico vines after spraying with Kaolin. Is this amount of film normal or excessive?

A close-up of the head of one of my back-up Aglianico vines after spraying with Kaolin (Surround WP - a crop protectant). I've been told that Glassy Winged Sharp Shooters will feed even on lignified canes, so I sprayed green and lignified canes.

A close-up of the head of one of my back-up Aglianico vines after spraying with Kaolin (Surround WP - a crop protectant). I've been told that Glassy Winged Sharp Shooters will feed even on lignified canes, so I sprayed green and lignified canes.

A close-up of one of the fruiting canes on one of my back-up Aglianico vines after spraying with Kaolin. By all indications, it is OK to spray flowers and fruit (pre-veraison) with Kaolin. Does anyone have experience with this?

From all I’ve read about Surround and all the photos I’ve seen, the white film is normal. What I don’t know is if the flowers should be coated and when to stop. I’ve heard that either bunch closure or veraison are end points for Surround application. But I have yet to hear an expert give me a firm, definitive answer.

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About SUAMW

Father, husband, physician, amateur guitarist, wine lover, wine writer, wine grower and wine maker trying to do it all within eye shot of downtown Los Angeles. http://www.shutupandmakewine.com http://twitter.com/Dr_Arthur_P
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2 Responses to Am I doing it right?

  1. SUAMW says:

    My pleasure. I appreciate your blog as well. I’ll send you a bottle of my Aglianico when its done – if you want.

  2. Do Bianchi says:

    Arthur, thanks for reposting this! :-) And thanks for speaking Italian grapes!

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