2017 West Coast Vintage Weather Thread

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#651 Post by Casey Hartlip » December 26th, 2017, 6:57 am

Here we go! No serious rain predicted within the next 10 days. Whatcha gonna do? Keep pruning and working away.
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#652 Post by Casey Hartlip » December 29th, 2017, 1:29 pm

Another beautiful day of the drought.
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#653 Post by Sean Devaney » December 30th, 2017, 9:48 am

As the year winds down thanks to all the participants, especially growers and winemakers, who make this one of my favorite continuing threads. A happy new year to all and wishing for a prosperous 2018 with many great wines to come.

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#654 Post by Ken Zinns » December 30th, 2017, 2:23 pm

Sean Devaney wrote:As the year winds down thanks to all the participants, especially growers and winemakers, who make this one of my favorite continuing threads. A happy new year to all and wishing for a prosperous 2018 with many great wines to come.

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#655 Post by Edward H. Earles » December 30th, 2017, 2:47 pm

I am looking forward to the 2018 thread. I hope the Pineapple Express turns on, and waters California well, to prime the 2018 growing season.

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#656 Post by Merrill Lindquist » December 30th, 2017, 5:40 pm

Thank you to all who read, post, and let us (who post often) know that it is appreciated! Sometimes it seems like a couple of us are talking in a vacuum, but when I have the opportunity to communicate with you on a more personal basis, it seems like there is interest here, still.

Casey and others ITB, who would like to kick off the 2018 thread? I am happy to do it on Monday. champagne.gif
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#657 Post by mattcitrang » December 30th, 2017, 6:19 pm

This thread

665 posts - 35627 views in 1 year

I would say plenty of people are reading.

Thanks to everyone who contributes.

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#658 Post by Peter Petersen » December 30th, 2017, 7:27 pm

I enjoy reading this thread every year. Wish more viticulturalists and winemakers would post.

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#659 Post by Casey Hartlip » December 30th, 2017, 9:32 pm

Peter Petersen wrote:I enjoy reading this thread every year. Wish more viticulturalists and winemakers would post.
I would like more ITBers to participate too. We have people farming 600 vines and 125,000 annually. There's gotta be other people turning the soil out there. It doesn't take long to share a story or two.

I'd like to close out 2017 with a huge thanks for all the support I got both on the board and in PM's. I try to be as real as possible and sometimes that isn't what folks like to hear. I have no agenda, I have nothing to sell. I just like sharing my experiences nurturing a crop that goes to talented people and becomes a product that makes people happy.

2017 was very good to me professionally and I feel very lucky for that. With the change on the calendar will come new challenges and experiences. It won't always be fun or easy but we'll do the best we can and try to survive until all the fruit comes in.
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#660 Post by Bdklein » December 31st, 2017, 6:55 am

I do appreciate it as well. I recently read the postings for the summer/fall of 2011 and found it very interesting (hadn't read it previously )
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#661 Post by John Simpson » December 31st, 2017, 7:33 am

I love this thread, as well as the more general Cellar Rats thread: I've learned a lot about the ins/outs of your craft from them, making me far more appreciative when I pull a cork. I too encourage more ITBers to post your trials/tribulations.

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#662 Post by Merrill Lindquist » December 31st, 2017, 8:56 am

In my travels, I have only seen one vineyard being pruned, and that was first cut only. I'll wait until February, most likely.

I have not seen any crews out - this is typically a time when our farmworkers are off. Things should kick in quite shortly.

I see some possibility of rain mentioned for later in the week...that would be very, very nice.
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#663 Post by Steve Edmunds » December 31st, 2017, 1:16 pm

I really enjoy this thread also, and because I purchase grapes, I'm less inclined to post much because I'm not in the vines every day like Casey and others of you are, and don't feel I have as much to offer. I learn a lot from the thread, that's much of my enjoyment.
Happy New Year, all!

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