Donkey & Goat

Berkeley's first natural winery, crafting wines
from sustainably farmed vineyards since 2004.

Hot weather and vineyard update.

The Bay Area is having another record breaking hot day today. If this were 2004 or 2005, I would be worried but with the late start of the growing season, the hot weather is probably a good thing.

We have visited all of our vineyards over the last three weekends. Some notes and links:

  • Brosseau (Arroyo Seco about 15 miles away and often warmer.)
    • Chardonnay – light set with Ver Jus harvest date of about August 1
    • Syrah – strong set on all clones
  • El Dorado Vineyards(Camino weather station – east of Fenaughty about 1.5 miles.)
    • Fenaughty Syrah looks great with a strong set
    • Fenaughty Roussanne – yes something new for us – hard to tell.
    • Girard Mourvèdre – this site is clearly behind where it was last year at this time
    • Girard Grenache Noir – another new addition
    • Wylie Syrah – Yep, we keep adding them but we didn’t visit
  • McDowell Valley (Hopland weather station – 2 to 4 miles west )
    • Old Vine Syrah – everything looks good
    • Old Vine Grenache Gris – large crop
  • Broken Leg (Boonville – vineyard is cooler and gets more fog)
    • Syrah – shows a good set which will probably need to have some fruit dropped
    • Viognier
  • Vidmar (Boonville – vineyard is warmer with less fog)
    • Syrah – shows a good set on both clones
  • Marin County (Barnaby – not sure how similar the weather)
    • Chardonnay – another new one

A great map with real time temperatures can be found at http://www.met.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?state=CA&rawsflag=1

Now off to the pool to cool down with my daughter.

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