Thursday, September 20, 2018

2018 Estate Blend -- The Harvest and Crush

New phone who's this??? I'm impressed with the picture quality of my phone.
Harvest time for the grapes has come and gone. This year I waited until the last possible minute to pick my grapes as the previous harvests had always finished acidic.
This year's main harvest

Saturday, August 25, 2018

An even larger build is coming

I've been working on a new hydroponic system for the past few months. Let's just say that I was very ambitious and didn't have a plan of where to put it. Now with a potential site in mind, this build will be completed in the very near future and put into use. Here's a few photo previews of what to expect.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

How to stop birds from eating your grapes -- Grapevine pest management

A few days after visiting the vineyard and counting my chickens before they hatched, my buddy sends me a photo of the Pinot Noir vine. The birds had stripped that plant clean! Time for action...

Sunday, August 5, 2018

DWC Growth Log -- Week of 7/28

Growth in the deep water culture system for the week starting July 28. System is regrowing basil after a heavy cut back.
July 28

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Grape Harvest Preview 2018

Checked in on the grapevines this Sunday. I took a look to see how they've been ripening up and to predict the date of the harvest. This analysis was performed using both color of grape and a taste test if the cluster looked ripe enough. From some lessons learned the past two years, I'm leaving the fruit on the vine longer as the previous estate blends (2016, 2017) have turned up very acidic.