The early, weird year so far has sped everything up for us. Due to unreliable help and an infection in our Petite Verdot, we've been sulpher dusting like crazy, along with doing whatever is in our power to have our best year ever.Read More
We've been unsuccessful with our rain dancing. The lack of rain and hot weather have awoken our plants.Read More
As the vines pull nutrients from the soil, we must replenish it. We do this by laying down compost along the rows, under the drip lines. We try to to average between two and two-and-a-half tons per acre.
At this point in the year, the spraying is done, the maintenance is done and the preparation is hopefully done. Now it becomes a watering and waiting game. As the growing year nears its end, the numbers we rely on for testing and deciding our harvest date is under the control of our watering. To balance the acidity and sugar content, or brix, of fruit, watering must be carefully managed to allow these numbers to rise and fall into specific ranges for each. Too much watering can drop the acid but not allow the brix to rise enough, but also not enough watering can cause the brix to rise too much without the acid levels dropping. It is weeks of constant testing and adjusting, just like the winemaking process itself.
Our game camera, which usually fills itself with pictures of the various deer and rabbits that roam the local lands, finally captured our nemesis. We've been hoping to catch a picture of him this year and we finally have. Last night around 10:45 pm our furry friend walked by our camera. He didn't stay long and didn't try to get inside the fence, so we'll let him wander around all he wants.