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Springing Forward

While this recent weather is a reason to break cabin fever, it has us grape-growers in the Sierra Foothills feeling rather anxious. Yes, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and despite the occasional rainy week, our weather has been fairly reasonable! However, what you may or may not know is that while our vineyard is beginning to bud-break,we’re also crossing our fingers in hopes of not experiencing what’s otherwise known as spring frost. Since bud-break is about to occur our little growing organs are high in water content; thus, making them more susceptible to the formation of ice if we reach freezing temperatures in our area.
In the Sierra Foothills region it is crucial not to let these warm spring days fool you, for the temperature drops significantly at night. What does this mean for the Clavey Crew? Well, there are some things we can do to prevent this. A pruning method known as delayed pruning is a way we can keep damage to a minimum and the caliber of our wines to a maximum. Pruning too early may speed up bud-break, so in order to prevent this we prune our more frost prone areas as late as possible. So just remember that while we’re enjoying this weather, the Clavey Crew is working hard to ensure that we’ll be able to produce quality wine-making grapes.

Currently Still Springing Forward,

Katie A.