It is one of the great pleasures of being in the wine business that we get to spend time in some of the most beautiful places in the world. I wanted to augment PJ’s great post about pruning with a couple of pictures, taken over the last few weeks, of some of the more remarkable vineyards visited. The first is of our Longwinds vineyard in Washington, which is on its second leaf, pictured here under the watchful eye of our Canvasback winemaker Brian Rudin.
It is strange for a California winemaker to walk through a vineyard with snow on the ground, but it is another one of the many fascinating facets of growing grapes on Red Mountain.
The second is a panoramic shot taken of a portion Napa Valley from the Silverado Trail. I think it is notable because it captures a rare break in the near constant storm action we have seen since Thanksgiving. After 4 years of drought, I think we are all thankful for the rain, despite the many consecutive dreary days.