Just right. Just tight.

As we add new wires, and replace wires in the vineyard this year, we like to do a clean, neat job.  This way everything is secure, will last a long time, and looks good.

Photos from last week of our work in a vineyard with wood end posts.

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Water Droplets

Fall seems to have taken time off this year; we’ve moved from Summer to Winter.  This weekend we had a little break in the rain. Just enough time to go for a walk, enjoy the cloudy weather, and look for water droplets. Greetings from Napa Valley

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Harvest 2015: Zinfandel

And so it begins.  We picked the first grapes of the year today – Zinfandel from Solano County. We started by removing the nets (which guard against interested and hungry birds) and then picked the ripe fruit.  Cheers to the 2015 Harvest.  Salut!

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Beautiful Grapes

Grapes are looking great. Now we just have to keep them that way until harvest and keep the birds from harvesting before we do.

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Fruit

Russian River Valley Fruit

Backyard Tourist: Checkerboard Vineyards

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This week we had a chance to visit the exclusive, literally hidden gem of Checkerboard Vineyards.  Our kind host, Beth, gave us a tour of the vineyards, winery caves (with their inviting aroma and clinically pristine walls), and tasting space.

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Checkerboard’s vineyards are all estate and at high elevation.  They grow Bordeaux varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Each vintage is expertly crafted and cared for by hand, from vineyard to bottle.  This row of barrels holds their 2013 red wines.

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Tasting space with a view of the  vineyards.  Checkerboard’s offerings are based around their showcase Cabernet – current release is 2011 and after opening up was a stunning, serious Cab, dark, rich, and lush. Tastings are by appointment only.

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Suckering

Spring is here and has brought with it summer weather.  Now when we look out our windows, we are greeted by a sea of green! We’ve got good growth on the vines and this week we’ve started suckering in the vineyards.  We sucker the vines to thin the growth and concentrate nutrients to achieve better quality fruit.

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