2021 Vintage Fieldnotes

Bud Break in Carneros!

Bud Break in Carneros!

We have bud break in Carneros – our first reported on the 2021 vintage in Napa Valley. The above is from Hudson Ranch. Also, our friends at Hyde Estate in Carneros are reporting bud break as well!

January rain totals are about average

January rain totals are about average

We had a Dry January (rainwise, not winewise) until the end – the last week brought over 2 inches to parts of Napa Valley. Above some historical perspective from http://cenapa.ucanr.edu/about/weather/?weather=station&station=109    

Does snow hurt grapevines?

Does snow hurt grapevines?

We had snow in the higher elevations last night. This happens in Napa Valley occasionally – maybe every 5-7 years or so. This is a photo from Howell Mountain from Craig Philpott on Twitter. Does snow hurt the vineyards? Nope – absolutely not. It is pretty to see!