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While winter is not over I am beginning to feel the stirrings of excitement. The days are lengthening by more than a minute every day. It may not sound like much but it adds up – we are moving out of winter. It is almost time for my favorite vineyard activity – pruning. For now we have to hold off but I am mentally ready. All the leaves are off the vines and the canes that bore last year’s crop are brown dormant sticks tangled together and with trellis wire. In those canes lie the hopes of this year’s crop. How many shoots will we leave, was there enough growth last year and how much fruit will we get? Answers to these questions ultimately affect fruit quality at harvest. With the responsibility of answering the questions comes anticipation, hope, promise and excitement. Bring it on!
Last week a group of us took a trip to the big city to visit TCHO chocolate. Those of you that attended our recent wine and chocolate night will remember that I was impressed with TCHO’s commitment to quality and social justice. Our visit just put more frosting on the cake. Their enthusiasm and knowledge were extraordinary and infectious.
Cocoa beans for TCHO are grown all over the world by farmers that are treated honestly and humanely. They believe that having a cooperative relationship with growers is not only the right thing to do but it also produces a superior product. We all ate it up (intentional)! TCHO asked us to bring some wines along and we went through the painful process of tasting the wine with their chocolate. We are making plans to further our relationship with TCHO and will keep you posted. In the meantime check em out http://www.tcho.com/