Archive for the ‘Vineyards’ Category

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Viticulture 101 – 2 ~ VINES and DISEASES

Viticulture 101 continued from last Monday… APRIL 8, 2015: Vines are trained in two different ways. This is the other way, with cordons being discussed in last week’s Viticulture blog. It’s called a “head pruned vine.” The trunk grows up, each spring it grows canes (with leaves, shoots, and tendrils). It then is pruned back […]

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Integrated Pest Management: Cats, bats, birds, and dogs in the vineyards

Oh, the discoveries of integrated pest management… CATS: My first lesson came just after I arrived in California… while waiting for a full-time job at a winery. I had secured a part-time job at Belvedere, who had a winery cat. Watching that cat turned into a project that was such fun. I had no idea […]

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Current Issues in Vineyard Health to be held at UC Davis Extension

Brought to you by the UC Davis Extension Department, the following is the day’s agenda and registration information for the ‘Current Issues in Vineyard Health’ course. It is going to be held this year in the UC Davis Conference Center, on December 2, 2014. According to Deborah Golino the director of the Foundation Plant Services […]

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Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

Let’s consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It’s also important to note that a study handed off […]

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Social media is a very effective marketing tool + Lodi + Oak Farm Vineyards

How PR works social media has amplified the process, as we all now know [Photo: Wilfred Wong] Nothing new in the title, “Social media is a very effective marketing tool.” However… sitting on both sides of the fence of being a PR pro and a published writer, I’m impressed with other PR people and their […]

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60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them: Acorn Winery has an answer…

A question that I can’t help but ask, “If you grew 60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them?” The reason for asking this is that I just met with Bill and Betty Nachbaur of Acorn Winery, for a second time. I say second time, because I met with both of them, not […]

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Suisun Valley’s hope for the future, weighing in…

It’s all part of a maturation process you started with us 10 years ago. It now is causing change to escalate, as we now have a presence. Hard to be selective, when 10 years ago the presence looked more like KB Homes than an E&J Gallo Winery.

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Tiny Suisun Valley and Behemoth E.J. Gallo

UPDATE FROM ROGER KING on Facebook: Roger King ~ Jo, it is too early to prejudge sad day, we will see where this all goes and prepare for the next leg up. The underlying reality is Suisun Valley has water and that is a great thing going forward (and why they bought). ———————————————— Years ago […]

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On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine

The following are averages, because viticulturists ultimately decided how many plants there will be on one acre of land.

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What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale

What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale, is worth our time. The planting of a vineyard is far from as simple as this video (below) makes it look. I got an Email from Hugh Hamilton Wines in the McLaren Vale of South Australia. Don’t we just love how an […]