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!