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April 4, 2017 | OS VINE

Almost Finished Pruning - 30 Acres Done, 2 to Go!

We are almost finished pruning! You cannot believe what happy campers we are around here! We have pruned 30 1/3 acres and only have 2 more to go - one more day.  Continue »

Time Posted: Apr 4, 2017 at 8:14 PM Permalink to Almost Finished Pruning - 30 Acres Done, 2 to Go! Permalink
March 20, 2017 | OS VINE

Hand Pruning the Vineyard 2017

Hand pruning is in full swing at the vineyard. With 32 1/3 acres to prune, we have to book it to get finished before bud break. A typical day for us from now until we are done is being out in the vineyard around 9:00 am and working until 5:00 pm.  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 20, 2017 at 8:17 PM Permalink to Hand Pruning the Vineyard 2017 Permalink
March 13, 2017 | OS VINE

Precision Pruning Using the Pellenc TRP 2017

Last year, we purchased the Pellenc TRP Precision Pruner which cut our pruning time in half! The TRP attaches on the front arm of the Pellenc 4560 as it straddles the vine row (like the pre-pruner)  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 13, 2017 at 8:20 PM Permalink to Precision Pruning Using the Pellenc TRP 2017 Permalink
March 6, 2017 | OS VINE

Pre-Pruning the Vineyard 2017

Here we go again! Pre-pruning the vineyard 2017 has started and finished. Using our Pellenc 4560 grape harvester with the pre-pruner attachment makes it quick and easy.  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 6, 2017 at 8:23 PM Permalink to Pre-Pruning the Vineyard 2017 Permalink
February 6, 2017 | OS VINE

Preparing for Vineyard Expansion

We have taken advantage of unseasonably warm weather and started preparing for vineyard expansion! We are planting 5 more acres of grapes this year: 4 acres will be Albarino and 1 acre of Roussanne.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 6, 2017 at 8:25 PM Permalink to Preparing for Vineyard Expansion Permalink
November 4, 2016 | OS VINE

Making Wine at Home

Making wine at home involves several steps and time. Making wine at home can be done with very little equipment. While we use a crusher/destemmer and a bladder press, it can be done without them. A quick internet search will yield a viariety of suggestions.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 4, 2016 at 8:26 PM Permalink to Making Wine at Home Permalink
October 31, 2016 | OS VINE

Making Wine - Crushing Grapes

Well, harvest is over but there are always grapes left to glean! Because of the way our vine rows are set up, the last vine on the row does not get harvested by the Pellenc grape harvester.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 31, 2016 at 8:28 PM Permalink to Making Wine - Crushing Grapes Permalink
October 20, 2016 | OS VINE

Grape Harvest 2016

Last week was a flurry of activity around here - grape harvest 2016 had finally arrived! If you remember, we had lost our whole Roussanne grapes to bunch rot. After that, I felt like I was holding my breath until the Aglianico and Montepulciano were out of the vineyard.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 20, 2016 at 8:32 PM Permalink to Grape Harvest 2016 Permalink
September 12, 2016 | OS VINE

Roussane Grapes and Bunch Rot

This is a difficult post to write. After all, I would never have dreamed that I would be telling you about a battle between our Roussane grapes and bunch rot. But, this is real life and I want to be real with you, sharing the ups and downs.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 12, 2016 at 8:34 PM Permalink to Roussane Grapes and Bunch Rot Permalink
July 25, 2016 | OS VINE

Veraison and Cluster Counts = Ripening Grapes!

The grapes are beginning to ripen or to put it in grape-growing lingo - veraison is occurring! Yes, as you might imagine, it is a very exciting time of year for us. And, a race as we work in the vineyard to find the ripest grapes to enjoy. Along with veraison comes cluster counts which means we go through the vineyard counting how many clusters of grapes are on a vine.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 25, 2016 at 8:36 PM Permalink to Veraison and Cluster Counts = Ripening Grapes! Permalink