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    roses for early detection of mildew

    I have heard that theory about roses in the vineyard, too. While it looks nice AND I do like roses, I don't think it is going to warn you in advance of mildew. I learned early on that vinifera WILL have a powdery mildew problem if i do not spray sulphur every 7-14 days. Western Washington state...
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    Realistic Spacing Question

    I have a small backyard vineyard of 50 vinifera (riesling/sangiovese/nebbiolo) . The climate here in SW Washington is ideal for powdery mildew, so air circulation between/through vines is something to think about. If the vines are 'crowded' then you will not have much airflow through the...
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    What's in your glass tonight?

    DiSaronno fizz...a shot or two of Disaronno and a half-shot of fresh squeezed lemon juice....shaken with ice, top off glass with ice water. They say to use soda water/carbonated water, but I prefer the no-soda-pop fizz. So, i guess I like a Disaronno Flat.
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    Punching down in commercial quantities?

    I've seen wineries in Washington that manually punch down caps when the wine is in 'dumpster-size' bins, and I've seen them doing 'pump-overs', too, where the must is pumped up from the bottom of the bin and flows up to the top of the cap. But one way or the other the cap is kept wet and the...
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Our bridges are more fun here in the PNW !
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    What R you doing today?

    Thinking about having a Guinness with Aquaman later today.
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    Post a photo, any photo

    No dust today!
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    Areas of Columbia Valley experience record low temperatures

    I'm waiting for the river to freeze up again.
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    Unoccupied driverless trucks coming to Texas by 2025, companies say

    A lot of vehicles have been self-driving since we got cellphones. :)
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    Happy new year

    Happy New Year Winos !
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    Post a photo, any photo

    A slightly different view from the East side. Not a bad place to be, if she doesn't blow up!
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    What's in your glass tonight?

    Sipping through some Cascade Cliff's wine that was VERY nice. Maybe I should try to let them all age 9 years! Smooth, good mouth-feel, balanced and not acidic. Amazing, considering it was NOT stored well at all. It surprised us.
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    Post a Meme, any Meme! (no politics)

    You just never know!
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Are those electric balloons? Just wondering.
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    What R you doing today?

    Today is harvest day for my Sangiovese and my Nebbiolo. I am anticipating the sangiovese to yield around 7 gallons with a Brix average of only 22... 23 if I'm lucky. The nebbiolo yield will be less due to smaller clusters and not as prolific as the sangio. Brix , however, is just about there...
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    Tips on equipment and trellis

    My rows have the fruiting wire ( lowest heavy wire ) set at approximately 1 meter high, along with a tandem 'hedge' wire ( lighter gauge wire ) to contain the vines growth about 0.5 meters above the fruiting wire. I use one more heavy wire about 1.8 meters high ( height from the ground ) This...
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    Have you ever looked at the forecast and want to cry?

    I'm near Vancouver USA and have a small backyard vineyard of 10 riesling, 10 sangiovese, and 25 nebbiolo....small but adequate! the vines are 11 years old, and they produce pretty well, except the nebbiolo seems to be sparse. You take what you get! This time of year is always interesting ...
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    Whole Cluster White Grapes

    When I make my riesling, I crush/destem and then press lightly immediately after, and then add the yeast ( RHST yeast from Morewine ) I use a bladder press and generally try to only press to 1 - 1.5 bar pressure. ( light press )