Bud Break, 2014

If you enjoy wine, that’s fantastic, and Lodi is a place you definitely want to visit and  plan to return.  But if you grow wine grapes, the seasons of a vineyard are very distinct and unique.  I love Spring.  Everything happens quickly……Winter pruning and spring trellis maintenance, irrigation repairs, drip installation,  and cover crops lead up to bud break.  The buds break and quickly reveal the infant fruit.  The sulphur begins to get applied, and it’s fun to see the tractor ‘trains’ moving up and down the roads around us.  ImageImageCheck out the baby fruit!

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 Mr. D is putting in long hours during this tax season, and misses out on my favorite part of the vineyard seasons.  So, I took him for a drive Sunday to look at the cherry blossoms, bud break, local ImageImage

winery expansions , and to check out the new M2 Winery and tasting room on Peltier Road.  It’s beautiful! Image

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Vineyard Soil Health March 2014

Our vineyard usually shows bud break around St. Patrick’s Day.  This year, we were just a few days off. But the Pinot Grigio and the Moscato vineyard adjacent to ours was a little ahead of the reds.  Every few years, the vineyard rows are planted with peas, then disked into the soil to fix nitrogen for vine nutrition.  I love the flowers and took a few pictures before the rain came this week. ImageImageImageImageImage

Springtime in the Vineyard

Lodi Grape Statue Downtown

We have the four “B’s” going on right now! Blooms, Birds and Bunnies! But most important, we have  bud break in the vineyard. Discing has started this week  between rain showers.  Driving by the vineyards, you see a line of green about 4 feet high floating over the ground as the new shoots of lime green have quickly developed in the last week.

We have bottling scheduled with many friends next month for our 2010 Zinfandel and Carigagne.  Time to set up the barn and equipment and tweak the wine a bit before then.

Spring brings many local events to Lodi.  This  Friday evening is the School Street  Stroll in downtown Lodi.  Congratulations to Borra Winery for its recognition as Winery of the Year by the VisitLodi Tourism Board.  Later this month, the fabulous  Asparagus Festival is in Stockton,  and we look forward to  the annual Zinfest next month at Lodi Lake.

Vineyard Harvest

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Harvesting by Hand

Harvest of the Zinfandel Vineyard at the Cottages Sept, 2010

It’s harvest time in the vineyard!  Harvesting equipment arrives the night before, and with the harvester pulled by the tractor, the gondolas, and the truck with the bins waiting to be filled with fruit, the equipment starts moving about 5 PM. Harvest is done in the evening, when the sugar levels are highest in the fruit.  The cool evening temperatures keep the fruit cool while the trucks are waiting to unload the bins at the winery.