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April, 2010

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Curt in the field checking grapes
Springtime brings a lot of excitement around here. We have bud break in the vineyard which means that from this point forward we wish for warm, sunny days and temperate nights through harvest this fall.

We are getting ready to plant another two acres (1,800 plants) of the Rhone white varietal Viognier (VEE-ohn-yay) which we think has a promising future in the Chiricahua Foothills. We will also be replacing the 2,000 Grenache and Syrah vines that were killed by the October 2009 freeze. That will bring us up to about 8.5 acres total. About half way there! Planting will take about two weeks.
We just completed disking the vineyard to not only turn over the winter weeds that have popped up but to also help warm the vineyard.

Freshly turned dirt is darker and absorbs more sunlight and heat during the day.

This extra little bit of warmth could really come in handy if we have a cold evening after bud break.

There are lots of little tricks that can be applied to help the vineyard but Mother Nature, as we have learned, is still the judge, jury, and in some cases the executioner!

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Vineyard after 2009 planting
We plan to start spreading some organic materials and fertilizers in the vineyard soon after planting.  We have just increased the irrigation frequency to bring up moisture levels for bud break and to prepare for the warm weather just ahead.

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