Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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VIT 101 ~ 7 Cover Crops

WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only VIT 101. This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101: Cover Crops in a Vineyard Cover crops benefit a vineyard in a few ways. They begin by repelling harmful pests. By having a cover crop of […]

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VIT 101 – 6

WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only viticulture 101.  This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101 Jo Diaz: Volunteer grapevines. This grapevine just popped up about five years ago. Last year was the first year we actually had any grapes on the […]

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VIT 101 ~ 5 ~ INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

VIT 101: Integrated pest management happens in vineyards; because when it’s all said and done, a vineyard is really just a grape farm, once the romance has been stripped away. Cats, dogs, birds… they all play a role over the use of poisons. Here are a few of my favorite cats. Chimney Rock Winery (blue […]

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Vit 101 ~ 4

WARNING: If you’re in the wine business, this is only viticulture 101.  This blog story has been created for people just learning about vineyards. Please judge accordingly. VIT 101: Bunny Boxes… When new vineyards are planted, or when just one plant needs to be replanted (as in this picture), those vines need protection from critters. […]

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Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

Image via Wikipedia For all of the words that are used in writing about a vineyard’s climate terroir, there are significant differences with each. If you don’t have the luxury of a viticulture class close by, or you’re just too busy to attend a class, here’s a good primer. Vit 101 brought some interesting concepts […]

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Viticulture 101 ~ 3 ~ TENDRILS

Viticulture 101 ~ 3 VIT 101: During spring, the color green is bright and vibrant in the vineyards, with all of the new foliage. You can see wine grapes growing in the background of this picture. I took this picture at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore. The reason I chose this image it to show you […]

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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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Viticulture 101 ~ A Perspective

My background perspective of viticulture comes from college classes, being in the field, and being behind a camera for that better view. My blog is my journal about my being a wine publicist, for not only viticulture, but for enology, marketing , PR, sales, wine education, for writing about it for over 20 years… etc… […]

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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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Veraison is fruit set to raisin

In California, everything in nature is coming early for 2015, as regards growth of plants. This has been the winter from hell for most of the country, but we’ve been really blessed in the Golden State. Bud break has happened: this is when a grape vine’s tiny nodes begin to burst forth with the year’s […]