Writer: Wes Hagen

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15 Home Vineyard Tips

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One truism in almost everything I do is this: By the end of any project, I am competent to start it properly. Nowhere is this more evident than in viticulture, and backyard

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Joining a grape growing community

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Spending time with fellow amateur grape growers can improve your own vineyard.

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Home Vineyard Experiments

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Bibliographies are traditionally presented at the end of an article, but there is a book that proved so central to the production of this article that it must be given a leading

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Questions in the Vineyard

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Wes Hagen answers your home vineyard questions

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Sustainability Made Easy: Critters chasing critters

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Adding certain animals to your vineyard can encourage biodiversity and improve yields.

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Detecting Vineyard Problems

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Know what to look for to help identify problems in your home vineyard before they turn catastrophic.

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Minimize Bird Damage in Your Vineyard

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Nothing is worse than watching your grapes go to the birds. Fight back!

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Grape Growing Q&A

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Grape growing questions answered!

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Drought Strategies for Grape Growing

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Here is one truism of farming: Being prepared is always preferable to trying to fix an unexpected problem. Understanding the water needs of a grapevine is an important step to using as

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Rosé Techniques Roundtable

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Asking a winemaker if they make rosé should be like asking a winemaker if they drink beer. The two beverages, pink wine and a tasty lager, belong in any cellar and in

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Award-Winning Pinot Noir

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Four Pinot Noir pros share their best advice for crafting the “heartbreak grape.”

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Harvesting in the Moonlight

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The heat of the day is not necessarily the time to harvest your ripe grapes. A night harvest allows you to bring the fruit in when it’s cool, which will lower your VA, plus other benefits.

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Post-Harvest Cleanup

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Don’t neglect your vineyard just because the grapes have been harvested. Here’s the cleanup that needs to take place.

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Rhône Roundup

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Four pro “Rhône Ranger” winemakers discuss making Rhône-style wines and decisions that work best on the small-scale.

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Pruning the Avila Adobe Vine

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In January, Wes Hagen joined Los Angeles archivist Michael Holland to prune the historic 200-year-old Avila Adobe vine and explore the history of the city’s winemaking. The vine is located inside the courtyard of the oldest building in Los Angeles.

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Irrigating the Home Vineyard

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Explore the three most common methods of irrigating a home vineyard, some of the more common myths surrounding watering grapevines, and if you need to even irrigate in the first place.

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Balance in the Vineyard

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Balance in a vineyard is defined as a vine that has enough leaves to ripen a small to moderate crop load. To achieve that goal, a good vineyard manager needs to pay close attention to what’s happening among the vines this time of year.

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Orange is the New White

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You may have noticed the “orange wines” that have been popping up on trendy wine lists lately. These are white wines that are purposely exposed to skin contact and oxidized to produce wines that are quite orange in appearance.

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Vine Clones

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Produced from just a mother vine, grapevine clones are intended to assure growers the grapes produced will have a predictable characteristic. But is it really that simple? Wes Hagen weighs in on why clone selection may not be as important as varietal selection.

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Inside the Vineyard Toolshed: Backyard Vines

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The essential tools any home viticulturist will need to stay on top of their backyard vineyard.

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Vineyard Consultants: Backyard Vines

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  We winemakers are self-reliant. We like to be in charge of our own affairs and it can seem like a defeat to be forced to ask for help — whether it

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Urban and Suburban Vineyards

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Growing grapes on a farm isn’t easy. Even with tractors, spray rigs and workers to help, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the issues that arise during the growing season. Just when

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A Vineyard Education

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Back in 1995 I took my first viticulture course. I had returned from a short stint as a college instructor in Northern Minnesota, which proved a bit too cold for a third


(Another) Year in the Vineyard, Final Installment, October 21, 2010 with Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe

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(Another) Year in the Vineyard Week #32 (The Last Weekly Blog for 201) October 15-21, 2010 Wrapping it Up and Looking to the Skies For a harvest that began so quickly behind

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(Another) Year in the Vineyard Wine Blog, Week 31 by Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe

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(Another) Year in the Vineyard, Week #30 The Beginning of the End, and One Hell of a Scare (all photos this week courtesy of www.bottlebranding.com and Jeremy Ball..thanks Jerms! Mouse over photos

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