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What Is A Grape Vine Clone?

What Is A Grape Vine Clone?

One concept that’s bandied around a lot but not discussed in much detail (we’ll admit, it’s kind of scientifically intimidating) is: the clone. We’re not talking about doomed sheep or jars of variously terrifying replications of Ripley from Aliens. We’re talking about grape clones. Even if you’re a more casual wine drinker, you’ve probably heard […]

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Flowering: The Determinant Of A Good Or Bad Year In The Vineyard

Flowering: The Determinant Of A Good Or Bad Year In The Vineyard

Now that vineyards across the Northern Hemisphere have transformed from scraggly fields to wild cascades of green, it seems like sweet grapes should be poking out at any minute, right? Not quite. First, grapevines enter the flowering phase, a nerve-wracking period for grape growers and winemakers alike, since the tiniest disruptions to barely-there flowers can […]

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Understanding The Magic Of Bud Break

Understanding The Magic Of Bud Break

I often find myself wishing I could wake up like a grapevine. Not groggy, perpetually hungover, or already late for work, but instead with a burst of glorious energy, ready to absorb fresh air and sunshine. Despite April snow showers, the vines of California are doing just that in an inspiring (and welcome) show of […]

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Pruning Vines In The Spring Is Vital To Ensuring A Successful Vintage

Pruning Vines In The Spring Is Vital To Ensuring A Successful Vintage

Despite blizzards in the Northwest, tornadoes in Texas, or Trump-dominated newscasts everywhere, it’s spring in California. Translation: the race is on against Mother Nature to prune and prep 928,000 acres of vineyards for the 2016 season. But what exactly does “pruning” entail? Tired of reading confusing articles on canes, cordons, and spurs, I convinced a […]

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What Are Cover Crops And Why Are They Really Good For Wine?

What Are Cover Crops And Why Are They Really Good For Wine?

Farmers and vintners alike would argue magic doesn’t exist in the vineyards that quench our thirst each year, but I’d argue clover — four-leafed or not — comes close, and has been doing so for millennia. Trifolium, commonly known as clover, is a “nitrogen-fixing” plant, meaning it returns nitrogen from the air back to soils, […]

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