Anomaly Vineyards

A Berkeley, California transplant's view of becoming an Accidental Vintner.

Life in the Slow Lane

This is the slow time of year - the calm after the storms. This calm lasts just long enough for us to yearn for the chaos of the upcoming harvest; yearn, that is, until harvest arrives. Then, of course, we reminisce about the lazy days of spring when our main job was to sell the wine from the most recent vintage and watch the young vines push out from the elder trunks. The weather has begun slowing heating up which is evidenced by the rate of growth of the new shoots. There are days when we feel we can actually see the stems get longer by the minute (and this is without having had a glass of wine). The rows have been plowed and all the weeds from the winter rains have disappeared under the disc of the tractor. Everyone is feeling antsy - barrels have been ordered, bottles have been ordered for bottling the 2003 vintage in June, racking the 2004 vintage is occurring as needed, isn't it time to clean the tanks yet? And where are the FYB's? Well, that's another story for another day. Chantico.
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  • 2 comments:

    1. Cris Kelly said...

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      Blog on, Linda!

      April 20, 2005  

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