Californians can attest that 2019 has been an interesting year for weather! Mother Nature proved that no groundhog can predict her behavior when she sent a heavy rainstorm our way in mid-April. Mind you this was just after a streak of warmer days which had us ready to pack up the sweaters and break out the flip flops.
But enough about us… what everyone REALLY wants to know is, “how are things going in the vineyards?” Let’s take a peak.
Location: Murphys, California
Known as “Queen of the Sierra’s” Murphys has an elevation of 2,172 making it just high enough to enjoy a little winter snowfall. Luckily the cold weather passes through January – March, while the vines are still dormant (or hibernating if you will).
Once the temperatures warm up, the vines come back to life (who can blame them?). Right now they are in a stage called “bud break,” when little buds of what will soon be winegrapes appear. But don’t just take our word for it. Let the expert (a.k.a. Winemaker Steve Miller) break it down for you.
Location: Lodi, California
Known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World,” Lodi has an elevation of only 49 feet. Valley dwellers tend to get warmer temperatures earlier in the year than Murphys, thus the valley grapes progress a bit faster. Vines in an around Lodi have surpassed the bud break phase and are now adorned with baby grapes.
White grape varietals tend to mature faster than their red counterparts, meaning they are typically harvested first.
They’re just soo cute when they are little.