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July, 2018

The vineyard is looking good, but we have been battling weeds this year more than usual. We had some unexpected heavy rain in June courtesy of Hurricane Bud that wandered into the state from the Gulf of California prompting the weeds to literally jump out of the ground.

The onset of the monsoon has also dropped several inches of rain already this month. All grape varietals have set nicely although the crop load appears to be a bit less than last year’s record harvest of 63 tons. The grapes are very small (a good thing) and should provide excellent fruit quality.

Véraison has begun. This is the signal that the plants have shifted from growing the fruit to ripening by sending sugar to the grapes which begins to change the color. The red grapes turn from green to purple and the white grapes take on a more yellowish hue from vibrant green. Once véraison is complete, it is generally about six weeks to harvest.

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