Our grapevines always produce more shoots than they can handle. If we left the shoots alone, the vines would struggle to ripen the too-heavy load of grapes. We bring each vine back into balance by removing some of the shoots in the spring, when they’re still tender enough to be flicked off with a finger. It’s a beautiful time of year in the vineyard!
Archive for the ‘Vineyard’ Category
May 3, 2017
I wrote two weeks ago that the buds were still holding tight. We’ve had some sun and a few warm days since then, and they’re starting to push up and out. The La Crescent are always the prettiest– a rainbow of colors across each tiny curled leaf. Now we keep our fingers crossed through the rest of frost season!
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By lincolnpeak / 8:46 pm
April 19, 2017
The future of this whole season is contained in tiny buds. In the photo above, the bud is that pale gray blob sticking out from the base of the upright spur. That bud holds the potential for 5-15 ft of new shoot and leaves, and 2-4 clusters of grapes. It contains all our spring and summer labor, plus the work of harvesting and pruning this fall and winter.
It’s no wonder, then, . Read More »
By lincolnpeak / 8:27 pm
We have about 12 acres of vines, and each one needs significant pruning every winter. Every shoot that grew last year must be cut back to the first bud. Our vineyard manager Roxanne Smith does the majority of this work by herself. She’s obviously our rock star.
In addition to all of this regular pruning (called “spur pruning,” because a little spur is left of each shoot), Roxanne take every opportunity to rejuvenate the vines. . Read More »
By lincolnpeak / 5:06 pm
Sometimes, the beauty of the natural world doesn’t wait for you to stop and notice– it blasts your eyes, just to make sure you see. Yes, this moment (above) really happened on the 25th of January when ice coated every tendril and twig, and suddenly the sun broke free of the clouds. For similar fireworks for your taste buds, I hope you’ll join us for Wine & Chocolate Weekend.
By lincolnpeak / 10:34 pm
We spent several days picking Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris, and Frontenac grapes– the whole crazy family. These grapes are always the last of our harvest. We’re all dragging a little by the time we get there, but the Frontenacs this year were such good picking that our crew flew through the final days. And we’re done!!
The 2016 Grape-ometer Grand Total… drum roll…
Congratulations to Andrew B, whose guess of 125,200 lbs was . Read More »
By lincolnpeak / 5:03 pm
Our La Crescent crop knocked our socks off! This year’s La Crescent was extraordinary– both quantity and quality. Our harvest crew worked hard and picked fast to bring in the fruit and bring our Grape-ometer to 103,854 lbs (including all grapes picked so far this year).
By lincolnpeak / 4:14 pm
Our phenomenal harvest crew picked Marquette all last week, along with a few other red varieties. And some dedicated volunteers helped us start the La Crescent harvest during our Community Harvest on Thursday evening. All together, the grape-ometer jumped to 52,354 pounds last week. We start picking La Crescent in earnest tomorrow…
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By lincolnpeak / 5:40 pm
Our 2016 harvest got underway on Sept 8 with Louise Swenson, Prairie Star, and Adalmiina. These three varieties make our Black Sparrow, and they’re ready about a week earlier than the other grapes. We picked 10,967 pounds of these three grapes combined, and with that the 2016 Grape-ometer started ticking.
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By lincolnpeak / 8:26 pm
I invited you to guess how many pounds of grapes we’ll harvest this fall (see here >>). The closest guesser will win a $35 gift certificate to Lincoln Peak Vineyard at the end of harvest.
Throughout this fall’s harvest, I’ll update you here on the blog with our progress. Stay tuned!
Rebecca B 550 John T 1,800 Deana N 2,500 Leslie M 8,200 Peggy P 30,000 Barbara H 30,000 Melinda . Read More »