So word on the street is that the grape vines are starting to awaken from their peaceful slumber. Friends who like to get me excited (and they know who they are) have begun forwarding pictures from their own vineyards showing the tender new leaves emerging on their own properties. As a veteran, I’m unfazed by their taunting. It is the time of year for such wondrous things to happen. A quick look and long chat with one of my growers in the vineyard this morning, shows that the vines are indeed coming to life as the dormant vines begin to weep sap. I’m still hoping for a few more rainy days to replenish our reservoirs while wringing my hands as we wait out the frost season. Now there is something to get excited about!
- Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls