Leave your trending reports behind, dear nursery friends, because the trending reporters never call me. We’re too inconsequential for them, or we’re just not on their radar screen. That said, I’ve been keeping facts and figures on Petite Sirah since February 2002. I have 10 years devoted to this singular study.

What do you think of this trend below?

What does this one tell you?
Okay, here’s another trend.

Why am I telling you this?

I get asked questions from all over the world about Petite Sirah. Last week, I got an email from an Oklahoman asking me the following:

[He] I have just started a vineyard in Oklahoma and would like to plant Petite Sirah. Where can I get some vines or cuttings. I would even travel to CA to help prune some vines if I could get some good cuttings.

To which I responded in typical, brief Maine-iac style; because our mission to promote Petite as a variety, not finding cuttings:

[She] People in California usually buy their cuttings from nurseries, but I don’t have those names. I wish I could be more helpful. I primarily work with marketing the finished product.

[He] I have tried several nurseries in CA and they are all out. If you know of someone who could use some help pruning their vines, I would drive out and help for some cuttings.

[She] I’ll ask the members.

…and I did.

If people are coming to PSILY, because they can’t get any answers from wine grape nurseries, you may want to rethink your plans for 2012… Just saying…

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