Posts Tagged ‘2014 growing season’

Budbreak arrives with force: what this means for the 2014 harvest

by on March 28, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

Jordan Petit Verdot grapevine vineyard budbreak Alexander Valley_small

Our vineyards slept through the driest winter on record in Sonoma County in 120 years, and after some welcomed rains in February, they’ve awoken from their dormancy with force. Budbreak began about one week earlier than usual for our vineyards. (This was partly due to weather and the timing of pruning.) Days in early March [...]

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Grapevine pruning experiment keeps plants, people healthy

by on February 15, 2014 in From the Vineyards

Jordan Winery Machine Pruning Grapevines Visio

Pruning grapevines during their winter dormancy period remains the most expensive type of vineyard work we do each year. The practice is tedious and downright tiring with a lot of repetitive motion—it is both an art and a science, as described in our last pruning video. The Jordan viticulture team of four usually spends the [...]

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Inside look at the 2014 drought in Sonoma County wine country

by on February 13, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

Lake Mendocino during 2014 drought, by George Rose

Brian Brett, a poet and farmer, once said, “Farming is a profession of hope.” For farmers who aren’t in control of their water sources, hope might be the only option in this recording-shattering drought year. Last month, while most of the United States braced against the bitterly cold temperatures of a rare polar vortex, that [...]

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