Friday, July 26, 2013

Veraison is just starting at the Dona Margarita Vineyard!

Berries are just starting to color in our Doña Margarita Vineyard - way behind the Don Miguel 
We made sure Filiberto, Zach and Tony paid close attention to the grapes!

Today we visited our Doña Margarita Vineyard in Sonoma Coast - which we LOVE because there we can run up and downhill non-stop! (Except when we have to pose for pictures). That's why Mom named the barrel selection from this Vineyard "Chico's Run"!

Being just 6 or 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean, it is quite a bit cooler than our Russian River / Green Valley site, where by now many Pinot grapes look totally black.

Harvest still seems about two weeks behind, but the current cool-ish weather may hasten it a bit. And we were all delighted to see that, in a year where powdery mildew has been a huge concern everywhere, our berries are clean and gorgeous. The vineyard team has been doing a fabulous job  the entire season, in the cold as well as in the heat!
This cute bee was enjoying the nectar from the beautiful Queen Anne's Lace flower in our natural 'insectary'

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