2017 Wine Country Guide: NorCal

It’s official!! I’ve finally finished my 2017 NorCal Wine Country Guide. Take a look at some of my favorite wineries, restaurants, and things to do in Suisun Valley, Napa, and Sonoma. Cheers wine lovers!

Download the Printable Version Here –> threadsandvino wine country guide 2017

Quick Suisun Valley Vineyard Update

Lanza Musto Vineyards

“Bud break in Suisun Valley is on schedule and off to a great start! Early bunch counts also look to be normal.” -Nick Lanza of Lanza Vineyards & Lanza Musto Vineyards

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Winter at Cassidy Hill Vineyards

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Winter time in the vineyard is very important. What happens at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the vintage to come. Cassidy Hill Vineyards in Coventry, CT was kind enough to send me some photos of what is going on in their vineyard this winter. As you can see there is a lot of snow but once the snow melts they will get back to pruning. It looks like it’s their vineyard dog’s favorite activity, don’t you think? 🙂 Notice the close up pictures of the vines below. There is an example of a non-pruned vine and what the vine looks like after they went through and pruned.

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before pruning

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after pruning

Pruning can be a very tedious task. The grapes are only harvested off of 2nd year wood. Therefore, off of each spur you prune down to one cane. Off of each cane you prune down to two buds and each bud will grow into a new cane. Each cane will then have 2 clusters. It sounds simple enough but many vineyard managers will tell you it can be difficult and time consuming. The next time you drive by your local vineyard take a look at what stage of  life the grapes are in. Are they dormant? Have the vines been pruned? Do you see bud break? Just because it isn’t harvest, doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done in the vineyard.

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