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"Hens & Chicks"

 

The dog days of summer are almost here. We have started the 2013 growing season off with a bang!  An early warm and wet spring gave way to a dry, warm, and a low humidity summer. The vine’s bloom produced the perfect size cluster with “hens and chicks” - hens being a grape with seeds inside and chicks being grapes with no seeds inside. 

Fruit Set 2013

    

Flowering

June is the time of our grape bloom. This year we anticipate an early bloom as the first part of May was very warm. Bloom time is very important as it determines the crop size in the fall. Too successful a bloom yields too much crop with overly large cluster weights and conversely a poor bloom yields grape clusters that are too light in weight or non-existing . For me a great bloom occurs when the clusters yield a harvest weight of 85 to 100 grams or 50 percent of the flowers turn into grapes. I also like when the flower yields some grapes in the cluster that do not produce a seed inside the grape; the French call this hens and chicks.

Memorial Weekend at Beaux Freres!

Join winemaker Michael Etzel and the Beaux Frères team on Saturday May 25th & 26th from 10-3 showing the first glimpse of the 2012 vintage from barrel and 2011’s in bottle along with art and nibbles.

Show up before noon and we will have a special bottle open behind the table to taste - Password: Earl

$20 per person.

"All that is old is new again...."

The other day I read an alarming article in UK’s The Telegraph that reported, “France's average wine consumption has fallen from a massive 160 liters per adult, per year in 1965 to 57 liters in 2010, roughly the equivalent of a drop from three glasses to one glass per person, per day.” Conversely another article from the Huffington Post sighted that the U.S. is now the world's largest wine consumer by up to 13% of the overall world supply. How times have changed…In the 1960’s Americans were swilling beer and sweet cocktails and 5 decades later we are sniffing and swirling our way around the globe.  In the span of 50 years our nation has become captivated by wine and the lifestyle which goes with it. 

Bud Break 2013

  

 

The vineyard has sprung to life. We declared bud break on Tuesday, April 16th

Evolving with the wine industry....

 

Our annual pruning season begins.....

 

Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2012 and prepare for 2013 we wanted to wish all of our friends, near and far, a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing all of you in 2013!

Eat, Drink & Enjoy!

Cheers,

From all of us here at Beaux Freres!

Holiday Shipping Spree!

Happy Holidays,

From all of us here at Beaux Frères.....


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