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The 2012 season has begun…

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…albeit with a little delay. I spent the morning or April 21st battling a stubborn weed whacker and a somewhat more feeble and compliant ground cover (results). In between mowing, letting out more string and adding more fuel, I also … Continue reading

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Vine clinic: Spots and patches

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I’ve been a distracted vigneron of late. Lots of things happening at home – some good, some tragic. I’ve managed to get some regular doses of sulfur and kaolin on my vines. I still have to fine tune this as … Continue reading

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Vine Clinic: Millerandage

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Millerandage: (French wine growing term). [mil-ROHN-dahdzh  - pronunciation] – refers to the failure of some grapes in a bunch to develop fully, resulting in berries of uneven size. It is often a result of cool weather during flowering. Also called … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the homestead…

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The potted Aglianico are going through veraison. The potted Fiano are growing like mad. Some are flowering. And I have no problem using lethal force against GWSS. (Click on each image to enlarge).

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Vine clinic: Leaves, Canes and Clusters.

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This gallery showcases some leaf, cane and cluster abnormalities. (the white powdery film on leaves and berries is a combination of sulfur and kaolin) Leaves: Canes: Clusters:

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They’re getting big….

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I finished sulfuring last night and took a look around me. The vines are HUGE. I felt like I was in a forest…

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Meanwhile, east of the vineyard…

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Two of my three back-up Aglianico vines, which I’ve been keeping in 15-gallon planters, have fruit. Some of those clusters (or some of the berries on some of the clusters) are going through verasion:

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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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