Archive for the ‘Vineyard’ Category

Armstrong Vineyard

Doug and Michele Ackerman’s 16 acre vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA was planted in 2007 and has been farmed organically since 2013.  It consists of numerous South facing slopes […]

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Foster Farms

Fruit from this tiny vineyard (less than 2 acres) in the Ribbon Ridge AVA  is lovingly farmed by famed cider apple grower Alan Foster.  Because the soil at his property […]

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The 2013 vintage saved… by a website

In the fall, as grape clusters are nearing their state of perfection, it is rain and the temperature associated with it that I keep a vigilant eye on. Depending on the year, “the ripe zone” for Pinot noir can range from several days to 2 weeks. In the latter part of September 2013, The University of Washington Department of Meteorology predicted a major storm rolling into Oregon. Thanks to a heads up from their website, we scheduled picking for 5 consecutive days, and brought our grapes in just before several inches of warm rain nearly destroyed the 2013 crop.

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Dry Farming in a Hot, Dry Year

The growing season for 2015 was the hottest and driest on record, yet because grape vines are actually quite hardy and adapt readily to harsh conditions, our dry farmed grapes fared just fine.

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What Makes a Vintage Fabulous?

Whenever a vintage like 2012 gives us beautiful fruit to vinify, discussion often revolves around “why?”. The truth lies in the vagaries of the weather. A tiny crop due to unusually warm spring weather resulted in wines of high intensity. Cool autumn nights preserved acidity while warm daytime temperatures resulted in grapes with perfect ripeness. While the intensity on these young wines makes them seem a bit “un-Pinot noir-like”, they will show their mettle as they age. Because the 2012 vintage is exceedingly small, don’t hesitate to invest in it now.

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Summer on the Tractor

It is 5 a.m. The eastern sky is showing that a new day will soon be upon us. The tractor is in place, sprayer attached, ready to roll. It is time to get up and continue my summer battle to prevent mildew in the vineyard..

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Breaking: buds at Clos Electrique!

Bud break just happened in Clos Electrique vineyard, and our friend Jeremy Fenske was there to capture it. Take a look at his beautiful footage after the jump…

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Cameron Presents: the birds and the bees

It is said that healthy farms maintain a balance between plants and animals. Because of the birds and bees (and a few cloven hoofed species) our vineyard requires minimal input of nutrition from outside. This is in essence the definition of “sustainable.”

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On the cutting edge…

Pruning is one of the most important tasks that we accomplish each year in the vineyard. Nearly every day this time of year, we happily don rain gear and muck boots and march out to the vineyard to prune each vine according to its vitality, survey the vigor of the vineyard and identify areas that might need additional compost or specific cover crops. Actually the word “happily” might be a tad too positive on many days, perhaps best replaced by “determined”!
To read more and see a video by our friend Jeremy Fenske, click below…..

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Vintage 2012

Another vintage under my belt; I have lost track of how many, but in a world that lives on comparisons and analogies, I know that this is one is special.

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