-- In which Wes sees berries blush, olives swell, birds threaten, and dogs arrive.
Year in the Vineyard, Week #17
July 17-23, 2009
By Wes Hagen, VM/WM Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines...
-- In which: Wes continues to watch the pinot noir ripen, does some slightly frightening math, orders a bunch of hardware to prepare for harvest, and explains how wine scores may do more harm than good.
WineMaker Magazine and Wes Hagen Present:
Year in the Vineyard, Week 15 (7.9.09)...
-- In which Wes works to grow the best pinot on the planet, has an excellent adventure in San Francisco, has a great tour with a wine geek, drives to LAX to pick up Cousin Ben, and makes some Fleur de Sel on the stove..recipe included!
Cluster of Pinot Noir Filling In Nicely.
Year in the Vineyard, Week #13
June 20-25, 2009
By Wes Hagen, VM/WM Clos Pepe
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Summer officially arrived on Father's Day, and the weather is slowly warming up. We had a very warm May and a very cool June, but the temperatures have all evened out to give us a perfect level of growth in the vineyard to develop a canopy that will adequately and consistently ripen about 3 tons of fruit that's hanging per acre at Clos Pepe.
We expect to see a warming trend for the end of June and the beginning of July-which for us means temperatures in the mid to upper 70's in the afternoons, windy evenings to cool us back down, and low temps in the 50's....
--In which Wes discusses the week's cultural practices, unloads some barrels,discusses vegetative vs. fruit ripening in the vineyard, and eats and drinks very well.
Year in the Vineyard Blog with Wes Hagen
Week #11, June 6-11, 2009
Caps, Skins and a Kiss of Botrytis...
--Wherein Wes and Chanda continue their ‘on tour' status, traveling to Disneyland and Woodland Hills to teach Southern Californians all about pinot noir and Clos Pepe. Also included: info about canopy management.
It feels like I haven't been home in weeks, even though I've had a day or two to sleep in my own bed over the past 15 days. I think about winemakers who live on the road selling wine, and it must weigh on them. Perhaps that is their proper penance for not having a vineyard to manage (most sane winemakers just buy fruit instead of growing their own like we do). In the past two weeks we've been to Pomona to judge wine for a week, took a whirlwind trip to San Francisco to be on Gene Burns radio show on KGO Radio, and then off to Anaheim to spend this week doing four days of wine education and promotion at Disney's Food and Wine Festival. It's been a fantastic run, but I'm ready to get back into the rhythm of the vineyard. Enough of the madness of the general public, I'm ready to go to sleep tonight to the sound of crickets under foggy skies-not 12 year old girls screaming as the roller coaster dumps them over a steep drop.
-- Wherein Wes and Chanda take a trip to Napa Valley to speak at the WineMaker Conference, plus a whole new week of vineyard stories, practices and fun wine facts.
Year in the Vineyard Week #9: May 15-21, 2009
Off to Napa: The 2nd Annual WineMaker Magazine Conference was held last weekend at the Napa Valley Marriot, and I was lucky to be invited to be a speaker and participant. For almost 10 years I've been a columnist for WineMaker Magazine, and these conferences are a stellar way to get in contact with my readers from all over the country. What are the challenges of growing Syrah in Florida? How do you handle Japanese Beetle on the East Coast? What does a black rot infection look like? The questions I am asked at the conference informs my column for the rest of the year....
Year in the Vineyard #8 by Wes Hagen
May 9-15, 2009
Wherein Wes describes another fabulous week at Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate wines, including sheep shearing, focusing on balance in the vines, ordering bottling supplies, getting ready for flowering and losing gracefully at Bocce!...
Year in the Vineyard, Week 7 covers vineyard shoot thinning, irrigation considerations, wine hospitality and a hiking trip up Gaviota Peak to peek at the Santa Barbara Fire.
Week #7: Year in the Vineyard
The Skinny on Shoot Thinning, Water Water Everywhere So Give the Vines a Drink, Wes Goes on Tour Without Leaving Home, I Can See Clearly Now the Smoke Blows West....
April 24-April 30, 2009
a Sip of Water, Say it and Spray It,
Jack Frost Sipping at Your Rose'?...