Category Archives: Analogue Vineyard updates
We have finally done it! Jay and I planted a real test block of grapes vines! At the end of April we headed over to Inland Dessert in Benton City WA to pick up our vines. 100 in total: 25 Malbec, 25 Cabernet Franc, 25 Pinot Noir and 25 Pinot Blanc. Then, the following week, in early May, we finally planted them, about
one month late, but luckily the ground is still quite moist and plants are still dormant. I had no idea how long it would take to plant them, but we finished in just 6 hours! Now, I have an idea of what it will be like to plant the next planting. But what to plant next?
At our next visit, a month later, a fairly large percentage of the vines had started to break bud or just plain leafed out and started to “vine up”! The straglers of the bunch, oddly enough, were the Malbec. Strange, becuase of all the varities we planted, the Malbec had the largest, beefiest root systems.
Our next visit, which will be Fourth of July weekend, is greatly anticipated as the weather has heated up a bit, with a few days already reaching up into the low eighties!
In July, we are taking a much needed vacation in Canada, just over the border, up the Canadian side of the Okanagan Valley to check out their many wineries. I see lots of both Pinot Noir and Blanc listed, as well as some lesser know varities like Kerner, a German hybrid. Ice wines and late harvest are also on the list of wines to check out!
Hopefully, the next time I post, I will have even more growth to show off, provided I have set the irrigation to enough time and frequency. We shall see!
Our latest trip out to the property finds us at zero surving trees! Looks like the heat of summer and lack of water is too much for newly planted trees. So, this fall will will have to rig up some drip lines for the trees that I have all ready accumilated on the side of the house here in Kirkland.
We’ve finally managed to paint the the main color for the garage. Now, all we have to do is the trim and it’s a wrap! It only took us 2 years! Jay also installed light fixtures on the front of the garage, near the door and inside work lights. It’s pretty cool to have lighting at night-so civilized!
Friday night we saw a “smoke plume” from probably the wild fires in Stehekin. It sas quite spectacular and we got some good pictures and video of it! That night, we could see lightening stikes light up the dark from south of us some where. Never made it up to us though! The next day (Saturday) another storm moved up the valley and that was interested to watch. Got lots of video of thunder, but was never able to get any lightening stikies! Doh!
Saturday night we decided to take a break and drive into Chelan and do some wine tasting and stopped by Vin du Lac Winery, always a favorite! They do a great Viognier, but this time we got to try their 08′ Chardonnay. I love it! Kinda old school, meaning that they oak it and run it through M.F.L. so there is just a hint of butter ! It’s hard to find a chard likes this, as the trend is steel tank fermenting and no M.L.F. But sometimes I still yearn for this style! Can’t wait to roast a chicken and to go with it!
Next trip? Hopefully late August as Fall Quarter starts Sep. 1st and schedule get’s crazy for a while.