Discussion in 'Grape Growing & Vineyard Forum' started by WI_Wino, Jun 2, 2017.
Sunday morning Marquette was at 21, petite pearl 19
About - 40F for at least one night. Plus a cold spring.
Permethrin really knocked the Japanese beetles down for us. It appears to have a couple week residual affect as well.
Brix still at 20-21 marquette and 19 - petite pearl. I think my first rounds of readings I grabbed the most ripe ones. Now I'm taking more of cross sample. The waiting is excruciating.
Yes and now we have colder weather to delay ripening to allow the coins birds and every creature to feast. Good luck on harvest. We are still a couple weeks out by Port Washington
Forecasted highs this week are back in the mid 80s. Should help move this process along I think.
Tested on Sunday.
Marquette's were 20.0 with a pH of 2.81
The rest were around 15.0
This rain will not help. Looking to harvest on the 21st in central western WI.
I'll be in the Monroe area this weekend. Are you close?
From the ripeness formula, brix * ph^2
20 * 2.81^2 = 157.
Not even close to the ideal number of 260 for a red wine.
My advice is let it hang. Too often grapes are picked too early out of fear of loosing grapes to weather. But if you can put aside those fears, and pick when ideal or only when conditions really will destroy all the crop (not just part), you may end up with a better wine (maybe less wine, due to weather, but a better wine).
Thank you very much. I just started using my Vinmetrica 200 this year for pH levels so this helps. This year was about as "ideal" as I've seen in my ten years of growing grapes right up to the rain that started over the past weekend and continues at this very moment. Thx
Hope you didn’t get too much damage last night. It didn’t hail at our place but the wind and rain was terrible
Ditto for us. Lots of banging and thumping.
Marquette up to 22-23, picking this weekend. Petite pearl up to 19 ish
Hope you don’t get the bad rain as We do by Milwaukee. I would imagine our bricks is going to drop across all of our varietals
I heard Lacrosse area got hail. We did not east of Lax. Just plenty of rain.
Good luck. We will harvest next weekend.
Marquette harvested. 12 lbs after destemming. 23 brix. Grapes are in the freezer until we harvest the petite pearl.
Congrats. It will only get better. I wish my vines were as nice as yours. I’ll have pictures next week if the weather, birds and bugs cooperate.
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