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Sitting inside watching the “we need it” rain come down and prepare the soil for early spring growth. The buds of some grape varieties have already started growing and most of the fruit trees have blossomed. We are once again at the beginning of a season and anticipation is high. As soon as I write that it sounds redundant, seems I am always looking with hopeful expectation. We are pruning, we are harvesting, we are blending, we are bottling and we are meeting people. The list goes on. In this season of rebirth it is, perhaps, easier to get excited but reasons are always there. Pay attention to the things around you (they are wonderful) and welcome the future.
It is not quite March and time to prune our vines. For a variety of vine health related reasons grapevines are usually pruned shortly before the season starts. So I guess the season is about to start and it is time to get going on the 2012 vintage.
Pruning is the first big step in determining the quality of the fruit will harvest. It is always a time of hope and optimism. Nothing has really gone wrong and the future looks bright. That feeling lasts for a month or so and then you remember that a lot can go wrong. So, I guess we will see what happens. I think we know that things will not go exactly as planned and our course may have to change but we will be smiling and still optimistic at harvest. That is just the way it is going to be. Guarantee.