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Viticulture

Veraison (Fruit Set) to Raisin

Today is January 6, 2007, and this cluster has gone through its entire process: from tiny green berries, to tiny shriveled up grapes. The birds seemed to have found them in these finals days; so have a nasty cluster of flies. (Who knew?)

  • From green in the beginning (June 28, 2006), when they were full of tartaric acid
  • To deep purple (October 28, 2006), when the sugar levels reached about 25 degrees brix
  • Headed toward dried out fruit (November 24, 2006), that are somewhat escaping the birds looking for a yummy lunch
  • December 7, very few leaves are left on the vine, and those that are are a Dijon yellow.
  • December 17, almost every berry is somewhat shriveled
  • January 3, 2007, it’s over for this cluster

I covered my grapes in most years, to avoid their poking and pecking; but this year, I’ve left this cluster alone to see what nature will naturally do with these juicy Zin berries…
Update on October 14, 2006… We had a natural predator, Ladies and Gentlemen!


June 28, 2006

July 16, 2006

July 30, 2006

Aug. 9, 2006

Aug. 16, 2006

Aug. 23, 2006

Aug. 26, 2006

Sept. 2, 2006

Sept. 9, 2006

Sept. 24, 2006

Oct. 14, 2006

Oct. 28, 2006

Nov. 14, 2006

Nov.24, 2006

Dec. 7, 2006

Dec. 16, 2006

Dec. 23, 2006

Jan. 3, 2007

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