I'm leaving the forum as I've lost interest in growing the Marquettes or any other vines. Also stopped making wine. Thanks to all who've made suggestions, etc. This site is a fantastic resource and I'll point people in this direction if they ask about wine making. Take care. Bob
Re my friend's beer mold, it was rubbery and thick. Some searches said it was a harmless mold and is actually a delicacy that's grown in some African countries and elsewhere. He dumped it, though. Probably a good idea.
I tasted my Carmenere with a wine thief sample, just a micro...
1) 1/4 tsp of KMETA added after first rack
3) I topped off the carboy with 750 ml of Merlot on 6 Nov 2012. The airlock was topped off with pure vodka
The carboy is stored in my wine cellar room. Always dark and ~ 60 degrees. We were out of town for two weeks. I should have checked...
Can you please check out my problem batch on this thread:
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Is My Carmenere Batch Ruined?
A flat "growth" has appeared on the surface just below the neck of the carboy. I've been checking the levels of wine in the necks of my three batches and can't believe this one lost so much liquid.
Regardless, this looks like a fungal growth that a friend of mine...
North, welcome to the thread and forum. Sounds like you are very well prepared! Good luck and post updates for us.
PS: we went through your area last week on Amtrak's Empire Builder. Managed to see Glacier Mtn during the daylight this time. Stunning.
Wowza! Picture perfect! Was in OR for two weeks recently while our area got rain every day. Got back to find all my 3rd year harvest clusters covered in fungus.
When you were in OR, did you get to Hawk's View? Private winery south of Portland, big Pinot Noir grower and superb wine.
I went row by row last evening and I estimate about 20% of the clusters aren't affected - yet. Regardless of that, should the entire vineyard be sprayed to save the vines? I read that the infected parts should be pruned and burned, but it didn't say if that's done in the Fall, Winter or early...
I thought it might be bad, but I appreciate your diagnosis. All part of the learning experience. :(
Is it worth cutting the clusters that have it, or should I assume that all the vines have the fungus present, whether showing it or not? Could I spray it now for the clusters that don't...
Loads of Clusters - Please Comment on Health Status
I'm sure some of them are no good, but overall evaluation of this first harvest (3rd year) would be most appreciated.
Also, some recs on the netting. I'm tempted to go with Double A, but would also like to know your recs based on experience...
I wish I had used that track model when I bored the holes for my vines and apple trees. The rental center only had a wheeled Bobcat and it was a challenge on the slope and the soft ground. It was hard keeping the rows straight and not rolling it over.
Hope you are doing well with your medical...
As much as it hurts to prune off the little clusters, Greg is correct. Mine are now three years old and I spent two hours pruning off all the clusters (and they were loaded!) except one on each shoot. Good luck!