August 12, 2006
Tying Petit Verdot
The petit verdot were getting a little crazy, so I had to take a few hours and tie them up to the cordon wire, establishing the main cordons for next year. And since we've already got a season of pruning under our belts, I was able to plan ahead a bit and make sure I put a tie at the 18" mark which is where we'll be cutting them off next March. Even chimps can be taught...
Did some leaf-pulling on the viognier to keep the fruit nice and dry and in some sun. The viognier is really tasting good now, I think I ate about 40 grapes while working! And the cab franc is really starting to develop it's color, even though it still has a LOT of bell pepper vegetative taste to it - long way to go before these are ripe.
Delivered some more tasty Nova fungicide to the fruit, to finish off the black rot and prevent powdery and downy mildew. I saw two vines with some powdery mildew on the fruit, so I'm not taking any chances.
Posted by Stephen at August 12, 2006 9:15 PM