The good the bad and the bunch-rot

As we moved into the 4th year of the vines the basic lesson we got was that whatever you learned last year is probably irrelevant because weather conditions are infuriatingly inconsistent. The season started with near-perfect growing conditions (although this also applies to weeds, wasps, fruit flies and cut-worms as well as grapes), and this lasted well into August. Then the rains started,...
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Now is the winter of our discontent

Shakespeare would have had a field day living in the Okanagan. You can pretty much complain about all the winters here. Winter is supposed to start officially on December 21 being the shortest day of the year, but with all the festivities surrounding Christmas and New Year, nobody here takes winter seriously until at least January 1st.  However, with the Mayan debacle behind and a new calendar...
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Harvest and Fall 2012

What follows covers the fall and the period up to Christmas. Aside from an unusual amount of snow in  the last week or so we have had pretty decent fall weather with more than our fair share of sunny days (which is not actually a great number) and above average temperatures. This followed a good summer and all in all 2012 has turned out to be a record year for growers in the Okanagan. Despite...
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Summer’s End 2012

For the technically minded it is still summer, it just doesn’t feel like it, and the pool in particular is not for the faint of heart like myself. Ann will persevere though; on the principle that once you have been through child-birth you can handle anything. I don’t particularly want to do either.   We have had a good summer this year so we can’t complain. The grapes appear to be...
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Spring 2012 Update

It’s unlikely that many will have noticed that I have not updated this blog since around Christmas. Just so you know my weight bloomed to new heights during the festivities, and this made manoeuvring around the vineyard an uncomfortable, if not dangerous, proposition as I had a tendency to tip over when bending down to attend the vines. It all got a bit too much, and I finally decided to do...
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