On Monday we began the pruning process for a new growing season. The talented crew from Cornerstone Certified Vineyard did an initial pass through the vineyard, cutting off the longer lengths of last year’s canes.
In the “It Never Gets Old” category, we woke up early Tuesday morning to a line of cars parked in the vineyard. That can only mean one thing: It’s time to begin this year’s growing season by pruning the vines. When to prune and how to prune are the first of many decisions we make each growing year. In almost every respect, they are the most important decisions.
Veraison -- when our hard, green Pinot Noir grapes soften and darken in color -- is early at Gantz Family Vineyards, as it is in most of wine country. But, as the farmers say, it's right on time.
While staying in our home, Mike and Dede saw the pruning taking place and rushed out to capture the moment in words and pictures. Here’s what they saw...
With a judge yelling "Let's go!" in Spanish, my friend Liz Brock and I clicked our stopwatches last week to time vineyard workers who quickly but carefully snipped away at the canes of grape vines.
Well, first of all, it's absolutely beautiful here.