Monthly Archives: May 2014

All Hail

Some scattered but severe weather moved through yesterday. While most of the area remained dry, if you were co-located with any of the red splotches shown below (chart courtesy of Finger Lakes Weather, a terrific local environmental consultancy), you were … Continue reading

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A Well Oiled Barrel

A favorite springtime event is the annual white wine barrel tasting at McGregor Vineyard. McGregor presents whites from the previous vintage in the spring, and reds in the fall, and no one has this gig down like owner John McGregor. … Continue reading

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335 Square Feet Per Sheep Per Day

Growers in our region have a wonderful support system in the form of the Finger Lakes Grape Program, which is associated with Cornell. The program provides a wealth of information about growing, business management, and other topics, and also sponsors … Continue reading

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Branching Out At Bud Break

After tying yesterday, we attended a growers meeting at Fox Run Vineyards on the west side of Seneca Lake (separate post to follow on this), and today we went to a vineyard tour and tasting at Standing Stone Vineyards on … Continue reading

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A Salvage Mission

In a normal year, the Chardonnay vines in our neighborhood vineyard would have been pruned a few months ago, and we would be tying new canes (shoots from the previous growing season) to wires. Pruning would leave about 8 buds … Continue reading

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Awakening and Assessment

A walk through a neighborhood vineyard yesterday provided an opportunity to assess vineyard health and also to reinforce the challenges of growing vinifera in Upstate New York. The vineyard is a mix of varietals, mostly Concord that goes to juice … Continue reading

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