A Long Winter’s Nap

The vines are behind last year. Last year, 2013, the vines were behind the previous year. We are in our 16th straight month in which our average monthly temperature is below where the average monthly temperature was the previous year. Grapevines can show this quite well. I took a photo of my vines today, the […]

Covered in Ice

Vineyards are magical during the winter. Although many people love to see bunches of grapes hanging from the vines, in the Northern Hemisphere winter affords other romantic views of vineyards. We were hit with ice and for a few hours the vineyards turned into a beautiful diamond scene. This doesn’t happen every year. I braved […]

Ten Degrees Colder and a Month Later

One of the reasons for a blog is to have a log of things that I’ve done or occurred in the past. Comparing the spring of 2013 to the spring of 2012, here in Central Maryland, one will notice two completely different late winter/spring weather outcomes. The winter/spring of 2012 was warmer than this year. […]

Grapevines Didn’t Get the Memo

Our weather in Central Maryland has been beautiful this month of March. We have had and continue to have a string of above average temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. Finishing up the warmer than average winter, the spring show of colors has started early. Spring flowering trees are in their full colorful display of […]

A Least Two Feet of Growth in Two Weeks

We have been traveling for the past two weeks. When we left, there were between six and ten inches of growth in the vineyard. On our return we found the Dornfelder vines with about two feet of additional growth, while the Niagara vines put on two to three feet of growth. Out came the pruning […]

Early Vineyard Tasks

Walking along the vines and pulling off the suckers is a simple task. The suckers can simply be bent and they will come right off. Their removal encourages sap to rise in the vine. I discovered the act of removing suckers to be quite pleasant. One is out amongst the vines doing a task that […]

Looking forward to more days at Wineries Unlimited

At last year’s Wineries Unlimited I had the chance to spend a day at the Trade Show. I learned a lot about closures such as the Zork (great commercial), barrels, winemaking materials such as those by Laffort and many other things from interesting vendors. This year I’m going to devote two days to the Trade […]

Weeping isn’t crying

After pruning my home vines, I caught them weeping. The teardrop glistened in the sunshine sparkling like a diamond. The weeping foreshadows the growing season. It is the first step in the vine’s life cycle. It signifies that the ground temperature has risen to around 50º F. The vine’s roots are taking up water and […]

Pruning at Tin Lizzie Vineyard

A few days after pruning my grapevines, Kathy and I went to the experimental vineyard at Tin Lizzie Wineworks in Clarksville, Maryland and helped to prune those vines. The vines were planted late spring of 2010. We used blue grow tubes to protect the tender vines. Throughout the growing season, the local deer population kept […]

What Makes a Great Wine?

On January 20th at 5:30 pm, forty Howard County bloggers and blog readers will meet at the Second Chance Saloon in Columbia, MD. Hocoblogs.com sponsors the gathering. Hocoblogs.com has a list of many blogs originating in Howard County. The event is co-hosted by 53 Beers on Tap and Computer Blues.

Since this blog is dedicated […]