noble grapes to see how different grape varieties progress in the vineyard.
Just as in the previous cycle, flowering is a very critical time in the vineyard (probably the most critical), and the eventual bottle of wine. Flowering involves pollination and fertilization, so the future grape harvest is dependent on ideal conditions. The weather needs to be frost free and dry. Rain and freezing temperatures can damage the fragile flowers. An ideal daily temperature would be above 60 degrees. This is where vine position is important. Those vines that are positioned to gather more sunlight will have a better chance of producing healthy fruit down the road. Since Spring days are warm, and nights are still cool, the warming of the soil plays a significant role in vine development.
|"Flower of the grape vine; Anticuous Anthers."-Whitney, 1902|
By understanding the different cycles of the life of the grapevine, you understand how the vintage might be affected. Appreciating all the different stages, and decisions that go into your bottle of wine, helps explain the regional characteristics. So enjoy your glass of wine, and keep watching the weather.