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We celebrated the first day of spring with a rainstorm that lasted all weekend but in the canyon leading to the Berryessa Gap the redbud trees were spectacular in full bloom. The grape buds of a few varieties are beginning to push (some say burst!). These transitional periods can be a little confusing but I guess we will have to agree with the calendar and say it is spring. It’s hard to tell when you are this far away but I think we are now closer to the harvest of 2011 than 2010. Pretty hard to imagine but true. Time is indeed moving very fast.
Sometimes time seems to move faster than at others. The onset of spring is certainly one of those times. We visited the vineyard last week and we found a tightly wound spring (yea yea). The vines stood yet un pruned and seemingly dead in their lack of green. Shoots that bore last year’s fruit were naked and spent.
In contrast the hills of Berryessa Gap were brilliant green, full of promise and the sun was strong and warm. As we walked and talked about pruning and shoot number we could feel that at any moment the 2011 vines would be here.
Kaboom presto changeo! Wish us luck.