Monthly Archives: April 2012

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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I’ve been a bit swamped and am still working on a long post. In the meantime, for your enjoyment and edification: “Bentonite is kitty litterrrrrr!!!……….” Yup. That stuff for precipitating protein haze from your ferments is the same stuff that … Continue reading

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Lat week, I wrote about delayed budbreak in my vineyard. While I focused on the delays in the Aglianico block, I also mentioned that my Montepulciano started coming in about a week later that usual. So, the whole vineyard came in … Continue reading

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Papa’s got a brand new toy

This morning, I drove out to Woodland Hills and picked up my crusher-destemmer. All stainless steel parts with aluminum adjustable-gap crusher rollers. This was a floor model with some minor scratch-and-dent but it looks like it will do. The stand was … Continue reading

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Which factors delay bud break?

Which factors affect onset of bud break in grapevines, year-to-year? What delays budbreak? Do vines bud later in the season after their first crop? Does water deprivation after harvest affect the subsequent season’s growth? Is there any evidence that older … Continue reading

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