Monday, March 28, 2016
A sort of Easter miracle happened in Vinoland yesterday: I finished pruning, yay! (And tying everything down with help from Vinomaker.) And not a moment too soon, the Cabernet sauvignon vines are enthused. I was getting a little worried that I wouldn't be finished, but the weather was perfect for pruning. It feels good to be finished. I even managed to get a little bit of suckering done in the Pinot grigio because, as usual with this grape variety, the vigorous little devils have pushed a myriad of adventitious buds out all over their trunks.
Of course, with warm weather and clear skies comes the threat of spring frosts. Indeed, as I type the fans (for frost protection) in the nearby Far Niente Chardonnay vineyard are doing their thing. A precautionary step, perhaps, as the temperature is currently 39°F and too warm for frost. I have done my bit, having no frost protection in Vinoland my little buddies are now on their own.