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Coming Soon: Single-Vineyard Profiles

on November 30, 2012

Like us, you’re passionate about single-vineyard wines. Well, we’re excited to announce that in December we will be kicking off a series of Nickel & Nickel vineyard profiles, going “in depth” behind your favorite wines–and maybe wines you haven’t enjoyed yet. We’ll dedicate each month to a vineyard, with several posts focusing on different aspects: geography, viticulture and characteristics of the wine produced. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to taste some of the wines resting in your cellar–or maybe you’ll branch out and try something new!

First up, our home vineyard: John C. Sullenger Vineyard, which surrounds the Nickel & Nickel winery, pictured below.

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Pruning Season

on January 24, 2012

I always love the pruning season. There is so much excitement as we begin removing the grape canes that grew during the last season and as we prepare the vines for the growth to come. Pruning is an art, and our crew creates a new sculpture with each vine they prune.

The goal of pruning is to leave the buds that will grow shoots and produce the clusters. If we leave too few buds the vines will produce too much vegetative growth, potentially producing off flavors in the fruit. Too many buds left on the vines will produce shoots that are too short, making it difficult for the vines to ripen the grapes. Finding the right balance to match the potential growth each site offers is the key to being a successful pruner.

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Harvest is Over. What’s Next?

on December 7, 2011

Now that the vines are starting to enter dormancy, my crew and I can breathe a sigh of relief and close the book on 2011. Whew!

You may ask yourself, what’s next? What does a vineyard crew do in December? In short, we start preparing for the pruning season that will begin in January. We lower wires on the trellis system so we can easily remove the old grape material as we prune. We also spend a fair amount of time working on our procedures, revising them, writing new guidelines and thinking of new strategies for the coming season. Before we know it, January will have arrived and it will be time to start pruning.

Think of me and my crew as we brave the cold temperatures and drying winds this winter. We won’t complain, because we love it out there.

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