Friday, January 22, 2016

A rainy January.

Not one drop of rain fell in Napa the entire month of January 2015, but that hasn't been the case this year.  January 2016 is more than making up for the lack of rain last year.  Just because California needs rain it doesn't mean I have to like it, and I don't.  Sigh.  And neither does Vinodog 2.  I generally find that rain cramps one's style; whether that style is wanting to start pruning grapevines, or, simply, wanting to go for walkies.
Undeterred by the inclement weather, V2 and I decided to brave the wind and the rain and take ourselves over to Alston Park for a brisk walk. We both got really wet, and muddy.  And it wasn't that brisk as it took a little extra time to circumnavigate all the streamlets coming out of the hills and vineyards.
There is a little bit of pruning going on here and there around the valley, but not much.  Of all the vineyards around Alston Park, over on the west side of the valley, only one small section of one vineyard has been pre-pruned.  It is early days yet, the pruning-season is only just beginning, but the long range weather forecast is for extended periods of rainy weather.  V2 and I are hoping the meteorologists are wrong.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

VG: An inconvenient rain makes for some unusually interesting photos; how do you keep your camera from getting wet?

Thomas said...

Nice photo.

Say hello to El Nino for me.

Thud said...

Cramps you style!...just don't get me started,july had better be friggin hot!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Took this photograph with my iPhone under the peak of my hood.

Tomasso: Thanks. But if you don't mind, I won't be saying hello to El Niño for you: if I am rude to him he may go away sooner rather than later.

Thud: We'll have a good summer.