Reflections on pruning season on Napa Valley Register

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A great article on Napa Valley Register by Michael Silacci on pruning going on in the vineyard right now.

On a crisp January morning, under clear blue skies, Alfredo Llamas walks up to a vine in a Napa Valley vineyard. He kicks the grape stake to see if it was broken, gives the vine a once over, and begins to prune it.

Once Alfredo has given the stake a gentle kick, the vine has his complete attention and focus. He evaluates the length and girth of the canes, judging the number of buds to leave at the position.


Read the entire article here.