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Now that the vines are starting to enter dormancy, my crew and I can breathe a sigh of relief and close the book on 2011. Whew!
You may ask yourself, whatâ€™s next? What does a vineyard crew do in December? In short, we start preparing for the pruning season that will begin in January. We lower wires on the trellis system so we can easily remove the old grape material as we prune. We also spend a fair amount of time working on our procedures, revising them, writing new guidelines and thinking of new strategies for the coming season. Before we know it, JanuaryÂ will haveÂ arrived and itÂ will beÂ time to start pruning.
Think of me and my crewÂ as we brave the cold temperatures and drying winds this winter. We wonâ€™t complain, because we love it out there.