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