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 the juxtaposition of table grapes in the foreground (growing across the arbor) with wine grapes, in the background (the vineyard). Having lunch under this arbor in the summertime is a real treat. Rita Conner, C.j. Tolini, and most especially you, Monique R Dubois. You’re the one, Monique, who lives nearby and may not know about this special place.

VIT 101: Mature tendrils. This is where the vines’ canes are now all headed… Long, slim fingers reaching out to grasp onto something, anything. This picture was taken at Bacigalupi Vineyards last year, during their 50th Anniversary of the Paris Tasting. It was THEIR Chardonnay grapes that Chateau Montelena used to make their famous wine, submitted it, and THEN won the famous Paris Tasting. Tendrils like this, no doubt, had a hand in the process.

VIT 101: Continuing on this concept, this next image in our series proves the point that tendrils are looking for anything to grasp. With a trellis system designed to bring the grapes up away from the ground, the canes can be easily trained. This past week, I saw many instances of crews in the vineyards, now training these vines to go upward onto the next trellis level.

I took this picture at Iron Horse Vineyards’ Earth Day event. The Sterling family has accomplished a lot, as regards making our earth a better place to live. This was my fifth year of attending this spherical day in their vineyards and gardens.

3 Responses to “Viticulture 101 ~ 3 ~ TENDRILS”

  1. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks for weighing in, Thomas. Please keep in mind that this one is all about the audience.

    Here’s one for you… Someone in the grape growing business: “Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard”

    My title tells it like it is… Vit 101. This series has been inspired by my friends in Maine. They’ve cheered on my efforts to being something to them that they don’t have access. Most of them have never visited a vineyard. The have never learned the parts of a grapevine. They don’t know a tendril from a cordon. They have no clue how viticulture works. For you, it’s elemental. For them, it’s profound.

    Not everything I write is directed at the industry. The key for this one is “101.” For instance, writing about not wearing perfume when wine tasting is another consumer driven story.

    Writing about the schist rock that I just witnessed in some Russian River Valley’s Goldridge soil about eight feet down, while creating a soil monolith is going to mean absolutely nothing to this audience. Medium grade metamorphic rock would not be Viv 101, and it wouldn’t hold their interest.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    This blog post launched before I was going to change the date for launching. Last week was very challenging, so I didn’t get to add what I had wanted to. Still, with Vit 101, people enjoy reading sound bites, and I’m keeping it that way, so I didn’t have much more to do.

    On Sunday, after not working at all last week, I did get some work in, and added this final image. It’s being appreciated on Facebook, which is where this Vit 101 got its origin. I’ve taken it to my blog, based on the great feedback from my friends as information that they never knew. I trust that those of you who are enjoying this one will also enjoy the addition.

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