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by Casey Hartlip
April 6th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

48 hour total just passed an inch. That's something anyway. Depending on the type of soil you have that might go down about 4-8 inches. Still not much to get excited about.....but we'll take it. Does the amount of water you use in frost protection get your soil up to something like field capacity a...
by Casey Hartlip
April 5th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

48 hour total just passed an inch. That's something anyway. Depending on the type of soil you have that might go down about 4-8 inches. Still not much to get excited about.....but we'll take it.
by Casey Hartlip
April 5th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We had some winter storm like winds last night. Blew some outside furniture around and knocked some potted plants over. It might be 78 by Wednesday. Crazy.
by Casey Hartlip
April 3rd, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Bumped into a fellow grower and he let some Chardonnay go unprotected last night because of low water. Does anyone out there use wind machines? Far more common in my agricultural area than overhead sprinklers. Plenty of those around. Really only useful if there is a low inversion. Also really only ...
by Casey Hartlip
April 3rd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Bumped into a fellow grower and he let some Chardonnay go unprotected last night because of low water.
by Casey Hartlip
April 2nd, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Coldest we saw last night was 29 but both ranches started protecting at 2:00 am. That's a hellofa lot of water pumped. With 6 hours of frost protection we used around 2.8 million gallons covering about 150 acres.

My guess is tonight we'll start running around 3:00-3:30 so hopefully not as long.
by Casey Hartlip
April 1st, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Tonight will be the biggest and baddest of 2020 frost season.......so far. I told my two foremen to knock off at 10:00 am this morning as they'll likely be up most of the night tonight.
by Casey Hartlip
April 1st, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Pretty good likelihood of a long frost night tonight.
by Casey Hartlip
March 31st, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

The last 48 hours have been a big disappointment rain wise. However the coming weekend is showing an inch possible.
by Casey Hartlip
March 31st, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: My Best Wine....and I Hate It!
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: My Best Wine....and I Hate It!

Bumped the free SO2 to 30 ppm before bottling, but sulfured initially in May post malo.
by Casey Hartlip
March 30th, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 769

Re: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

I consider Laura Ness a friend. Glad to see her get some love on this board. She does lots of wine judging competitions which is thankless work.
by Casey Hartlip
March 30th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: My Best Wine....and I Hate It!
Replies: 2
Views: 217

My Best Wine....and I Hate It!

It started in 2018 when my foreman and I decided to make wine from a 1995 planting of Pinot Noir Martini clone. 2018 might turn out to be the best year in the past 10 and the fruit was ultra clean. We destemed and added about 5 buckets of whole fruit. Never had made a native yeast wine so this was t...
by Casey Hartlip
March 30th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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One of our better stands of cover crop. The beans and peas are getting close to giving us the mow down signal.
by Casey Hartlip
March 28th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

It's looking more and more like we're not going to get our March Miracle of rainfall. Possibly a half inch coming this weekend while we're closed in. Might have to put my PPE on and go buy a pot roast!
by Casey Hartlip
March 27th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

The grape market will be a very big story as spring develops. More on that later. There are lots of reports of a California grape glut in the wine press. I have a strong suspicion in my AVA, Lodi, a lot of growers are going to have a tough year selling grapes. It was starting that way last harvest,...
by Casey Hartlip
March 26th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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Walking the post frost vineyard. 40+ year old Pinot vines waking up.
by Casey Hartlip
March 26th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Tonight will be a no brainier frost night. North wind blew pretty strong this afternoon and you could feel the bite. We are rolling the dice on a few fields that were pruned late and aren't quite at pencil eraser stage. True I will direct my two foremen while in my jammies at home but I'll lose abo...
by Casey Hartlip
March 25th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Tonight will be a no brainier frost night. North wind blew pretty strong this afternoon and you could feel the bite. We are rolling the dice on a few fields that were pruned late and aren't quite at pencil eraser stage. True I will direct my two foremen while in my jammies at home but I'll lose abou...
by Casey Hartlip
March 24th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Stinking quarter of an inch of rain and now frost tonight. Insult to injury.
by Casey Hartlip
March 24th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: help with satellite
Replies: 1
Views: 158

help with satellite

For years I've used a particular moving satellite feed, but for some reason its not working for me now. www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/nepac/h5-loop-ft.html.

If you have another source that would be great.
by Casey Hartlip
March 22nd, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey, what are you hearing from your customers about grape demand? In our state, as in some others, restaurants and bars have been ordered closed to dine-in customers. That's got to put a damper on the wine market. Nobody wants to talk about fruit purchase for obvious reasons. Kind of think we're ...
by Casey Hartlip
March 22nd, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Well CRAP! Looks like the stormy week that was predicted a few days ago is losing steam.
by Casey Hartlip
March 20th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Totally lucked out last night. We've been having problems with a 10 inch steel suction line feeding one of our frost pumps. IMG-20200320-WA0007.jpg Steel and PVC pipe are not the same size....even if they are 10 inch. It takes special fittings that aren't commonly stocked. We've had about 30 acres u...
by Casey Hartlip
March 18th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I caught wind from a neighbor that a visiting Spanish speaking doctor was wanting to visit local vineyards and wineries to inform workers on the Coronavirus. She was wonderful. Spent about 30 minutes informing them of what to do. Had a good Q & A session afterwards. She wouldn't let me pay her eithe...
by Casey Hartlip
March 16th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We had a wet 30 last night (meaning the dewpoint was high) and luckily the field we couldn't protect received no damage. IMG_20200316_132109829_HDR.jpg This is why. Just a little 10 inch mainline with some issues. Just another reason I love my guys so much. I've been the guy in the ditch many times ...
by Casey Hartlip
March 14th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We are ON frost alert from here on. I talked to both of my foremen this afternoon. We decided which fields to protect and which not to. The current air mass is cold and dry. I'm guessing for tonight we'll have enough instability and showers to keep us safe. Fingers crossed.
by Casey Hartlip
March 13th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

IMG_20200313_095559429_HDR.jpg Here's a little farming 101. Top pic is what most of us refer to as 'pencil eraser' stage of budbreak. IMG_20200313_095646543_HDR.jpg This is what I call 'clam shell' which means the first two leaves are not opened yet and are somewhat protecting the bud. This stage i...
by Casey Hartlip
March 11th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
March 11th, 2020, 3:26 pm
I saw in the forecast rain for this coming Saturday and Sunday. Let's see if that forecast persists.
Three quarters predicted here. Will help the livestock folks to keep the hills green for a while longer. Not going to fill many ponds unfortunately.
by Casey Hartlip
March 11th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

IMG_20200311_125046079.jpg It pays to have talented friends. My buddy Evan from the coast came to inspect the suction in one our ponds. While starting up this pump we got a bunch pond weeds stuck in the pump intake. There's never a full day or a new challenge for a farmer. BTW that rust colored stu...
by Casey Hartlip
March 8th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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The dewpoint was probably pretty high last night, which is why we had no damage. The fog came in late this morning too.
by Casey Hartlip
March 8th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

First frost of the season this morning. My weather station days it got down to 30. Saving our water but may have got a touch of burn. Will look tomorrow
by Casey Hartlip
March 7th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Steve Edmunds wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 11:09 am
.16 and counting this morning in Berkeley!
I saw some weather models for the coming week showing the LA area getting some serious rain while we get next to nothing. Sad in Mendo! [swearing.gif]
by Casey Hartlip
March 6th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Totally bummed about the weather now. Looks like this little bullshit storm is going to possibly give us a tenth of and inch and move on. The 'series' of storms that was predicted for early next week seems to have changed their minds. This is getting serious for us and probably most folks south of t...
by Casey Hartlip
March 3rd, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I'm feeling my vines would appreciate a drink. At 4:00 this afternoon it is still 84 degrees and dry, dry, dry. Kind of hard to drink when you're asleep. I believe March will be good to us eventually, and April could be a gift. Folks starting to flush frost sprinkler systems in our area, so a visit...
by Casey Hartlip
March 3rd, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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Here's Zip demonstrating how thirsty the cover crop is. It really hasn't moved much in the past month.
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Young Chard getting closer to budbreak. I walked lots of fields today and everything else pretty darn tight.
by Casey Hartlip
March 1st, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Nice to see it get cold again. 32 this morning. I'm told it's been an awesome bloom for the almonds in the central valley, which makes sense. Hope those guys have enough water to farm this season. I figure we have about two more weeks of pruning. Ladies following behind tying canes to the wire. Sure...
by Casey Hartlip
February 28th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 2943

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

Joe,
I thought white wine fest was very good. Thinking about planting more Riesling!
by Casey Hartlip
February 27th, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Almost 80 degrees today, luckily the high on Saturday will be a more normal 59. No real rain in the next week which is troubling. I've heard folks saying there's a chance the storm door might open around March 7-8.
by Casey Hartlip
February 27th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes on the Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure, on February 15th in Sonoma
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: Notes on the Garagiste Wine Festival: Northern Exposure, on February 15th in Sonoma

Ken Zinns wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 11:47 am
Casey Hartlip wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Ken, you are a warrior.
Someone has to do it, Casey! 😄

I’m planning to go to Taste Mendocino in April - will you be there?
April is a pretty busy time for me. Also, I try not to go to southern California. BYW SoCal begins at Healdsburg!
by Casey Hartlip
February 25th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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A little diversion from the vineyard rat race today. Took a walk around the edges today to clear my head. This one is called hounds tongue. Shooting stars and Indian paintbrush will be right behind. Say prayers for rain in Cali folks!
by Casey Hartlip
February 25th, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Going to touch 80 degrees the next couple of days. Things pretty dry out there. I'd imagine some buds must be popping somewhere? Anyone?
by Casey Hartlip
February 24th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 1585

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

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Here's my 'Martha's' chicken thighs. A full 40+ minutes with indirect heat. Buying the racks for the sides is worth it. I've cooked numerous roasts, meatloafs and turkeys this way.
by Casey Hartlip
February 24th, 2020, 5:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 1585

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

We have used the Weber kettle for decades. They do eventually need to be replaced but they last a long long time. We currently have one like this (although without the thermometer). Very handy to have the platform for tools. We also use a chimney. https://product-images.weber.com/Grill-Images/Charc...
by Casey Hartlip
February 20th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Funny to say but we are too far ahead on our pruning because of no rain. Short story: we have had too many nice weather days. We're going to back off to 4 day work weeks.
by Casey Hartlip
February 19th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100-pointer for Bill Easton
Replies: 18
Views: 2527

Re: 100-pointer for Bill Easton

One of the icons of California winemaking and vineyard operators for decades. I'm so proud to see the foothills get their due. I kind of couple the foothills to my home county of Mendocino as an area that is viewed as second tier. I'm so happy for Bill.
by Casey Hartlip
February 18th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 53
Views: 4805

Re: Mountain Lions

If a mtn lion was crossing the road on my property, let's just say I wouldn't hit the brakes to miss it.
by Casey Hartlip
February 17th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Feeling more uncomfortable with the California weather pattern. Things getting drier by the day. We are mowing pruning brush in fields we usually can't drive into during February. Small streams not running now. With dry soil the roots will warm up sooner and that COULD mean early budbreak if things ...
by Casey Hartlip
February 13th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 134
Views: 7013

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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Stopped to smell the Manzanita flowers on the driveway this afternoon. Another sign of false spring.

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