Cook Vineyard Weekly Newsletter 6.12.12
Summer is finally here, even though June 20th is the official start.
The warm temperatures are welcome here in the wine country. It’s almost hard to explain to someone that last week it was cool with some precipitation.
Vintage 2010 and Vintage 2011 had cool summers, which in return caused the vines to struggle ripening their fruit. This year it is too early to tell, but with the warm temperatures over the weekend it is definitely a great start.
So what happens if it gets too hot?
Even though we would rather see warmer weather than cooler weather this time of year, there is always a risk of extreme temperatures (over 100 degrees which can affect us and the vineyards.)
Typically we like to see temperature highs of 90 degrees with it cooling off in the evenings to the mid sixties. This allows the vines to grow during the day and shut down over the nighttime hours.
This year we will embrace a warm summer. Even though we have to watch our canopy management to keep from sun burning the fruit, it is a welcome sight.
If anyone wants to visit us in the vineyards to learn more about the world of viticulture, please call us at 707.490.8921. Also check our website www.cvmgrapes.com