Grapes en Moist, foggy mornings during bloom highlight importance of proper canopy management for Santa Cruz Mountains growers <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA continued to flower into the second week of May, the 2016 bloom appears to be more uniform than last year, reports Prudy Foxx, a viticulture consultant based in, Santa Cruz, Calif</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 25 May 2016 15:36:00 +0000 167501 at Winter rains, more surface water benefit SJV grower’s crop prospects <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following the start of bloom in his earliest variety, French Colombard, about three weeks earlier, his last variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, had finished this year’s bloom by mid-May, says San Joaquin Valley wine grape grower J.R. Shannon.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 25 May 2016 15:21:00 +0000 167491 at Water picture brightens for this year’s raisin crop <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ten days into May, about two weeks after it started, the Thompson Seedless bloom was coming to a close in California’s raisin country, which lies within about a 60-mile radius of Fresno.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 25 May 2016 15:16:00 +0000 167481 at California raisins still largely harvested by hand <div class="field-deck"> Less than 30 percent of raisin grapes picked by machines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA says most California raisin growers still choose to hand-harvest their crop</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Grapes Tue, 17 May 2016 23:49:00 +0000 167261 at <p>Prior to harvesting raisins mechanically, workers must cut branches leading up to grape clusters to allow them to dry on the vine.</p> Tips to minimize heat stress <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Although grape vines thrive under conditions of warm, dry days and cool nights, vine growth and fruit quality begin to suffer once the thermometer rises past the 95-degree mark. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 11 May 2016 16:19:00 +0000 167081 at Greener fields highlight prospects of improved crop for Sonoma County grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sonoma County wine grape grower David Cooks likes what he’s seeing in his vineyards so far this season. “They’re definitely greener and look better overall than they have in the last few years,” he says.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 11 May 2016 16:05:00 +0000 167071 at Viticulturist fingers poor conditions during bloom for last year’s disappointing Central Coast yields <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The experiences of growers last year in the Central Coast region of California highlight some of the perils that can befall a wine grape crop at bloom.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 11 May 2016 15:30:00 +0000 167061 at Personal experience: Pros-cons of custom grape crush <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Asked to come up with pros and cons for growers engaging in custom crushing, Madera County wine grape grower and vintner Steve Schafer said he found it challenging to come up with positive observations.</p> <p>On the other hand, the &ldquo;cons&rdquo; part was simpler for him. That, he said, involved a one-word answer - &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Tue, 03 May 2016 21:48:00 +0000 166871 at <p>Bill Chandler, left, Fresno County wine grape grower, talks with Steve Schafer,&nbsp;grower and vintner with San Joaquin Wine Co., during a break at a grower &quot;tailgate&quot; meeting in Madera, Calif.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Stay on top of vine nutrition needs with a bloom-time tissue test <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bloom is an ideal time to perform a plant tissue analysis in your vineyard.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:11:00 +0000 166771 at Lake County’s 2016 wine grape crop benefits from high soil moisture levels, full reservoirs <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bud break was underway in most of Lake County’s valley floor vineyards by the second week of April. Meanwhile, shoots in some vineyards on the higher, warmer hillsides had already grown to about 8 inches in length.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:02:00 +0000 166761 at Credit: PatrikStedrak/Thinkstock