Early indications are that the all is normal in the vineyards (knock on wood). Frankly, we’re a little surprised and very pleased. Being in the fourth year of an epic drought, we did not expect such ‘normal’ conditions, albeit a month early just like last year. Mother Nature blessed us with a dousing of rain in March and April to launch the vines on a nice growth curve. Hopefully, she give us a little more in May before the long hot summer.
Budding was early which means flowerbloom has begun early as well. The small, green clusters on the vine are starting to blossom. Eventually the blossoms self-pollinate and transition into grape clusters, which we will most likely harvest in August and September.
Suckering and thinning is the big task now - eliminating all growth except the two primary canes at the end of each arm of the vine. This process assures ideal growing conditions and nutrients for the primary fruit set as well as good air circulation and sun exposure to prevent mildew.
Back to rain – we recently passed last year’s rainfall amount so a little more would be reassuring. In case you’re wondering about water usage, a recent Sacramento Bee op ed piece posted that walnuts require a whopping 4.9 gallons of water per nut, almonds 1.1 gallons, and pistachios 0.75 gallons. Winegrapes require about 0.3 gallons per grape allowing us to dry farm our grapes and not irrigate. Makes you happy to be a wine lover, doesn’t it?
We hope to see you soon!
The Story Winery Family
STORY AROUND TOWN
El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Art & Wine Affaire
Sat. May 9, Noon to 5 pm
We’re pouring Saturday at this Mother’s Day weekend event. Come by our booth for samples, say Hi and enjoy the art and gifts available for purchase at the El Dorado Hills Town Center.(link http://www.eldoradohillsartaffaire.com/)
Shine, Wine & Dine in Jackson, Main Street
Sat. May 16, Noon to 3 pm
Some of the classics come out for an afternoon of showcasing 125 vintage cars. We’re tasting our wine, but there’s also an art show and food from local eateries. (link http://www.visitjacksonca.com/motherlodecruise.html)
A Taste of Fair Oaks North Ridge Country Club
Friday, June 5, 4 to 9 pm
Wine tasting, beer tasting, area restaurants, live music, golf putting contest and prize raffle to benefit the Mercey Springs Foundation (link http://www.fairoakschamber.com/taste-of-fair-oaks.html)