For some people, summer means warm temperatures, long days and carefree vibes. For vignerons, summer is hard work. After they prune and prepare the vineyards through the winter and spring, winemakers must shepherd grapes to the finish line. They pull leaves and drop fruit, monitor for diseases and pests, and protect against weather hazards.
Summer sets the stage for harvest. The vines go through the critical stages of fruit set, veraison and ripening. Harvest for some earlier-ripening varieties in hotter regions now starts in the summer, too.
Summer is also the season of pests. Birds devour vineyards of sweet berries before winemakers can harvest them. Nets, though tedious and expensive, can stop the starlings, mockingbirds and finches that destroy crops.
The vines are growing very well, even though we got hit with hail this spring. It is like they want to make up for the lost canopy and fruit! It is so neat to see God at work in our vineyard, giving us more canopy and grapes then we thought we would have!
You can see in the pictures how the vines are just about to and are touching the ground. That means it is time for us to start wire lifting. During the summer, wire lifting is our main job in the vineyard.
In the summer, we do a lot of weed maintenance (in vineyard lingo, it is called floor management). During the summer, we also go through and tie down arms in the Vermentino planting, that way those little vines will have arms for years to come!
The Kopperuds run the winery as a side business, as they both have full time jobs. Andy works as a physician and Krista works for Southwest Health and Human Services. They live in a house on the vineyard property with their three children, Annika, age 6, Elysa, age 4 and Britta, 15 months.
There are four different kinds of wine made from the grapes growing in the vineyard. The vineyard contains Frontenac, Marquette and La Crescent grapes. The Frontenac grapes are made into a red wine and a Frontenac ros, the Marquette is a red wine and the La Crescent is a white wine. These wines are all available for purchase on site.
The Kopperuds deal with each situation as it comes, like the late frost that took place in May. The couple made fires throughout the night and did whatever they could to prevent the frost from taking hold. This prevented them from having a damaged crop this summer.
It was a beautiful summer in the vineyard this year! The vines exploded from their initial budbreak on April 11th to grow long leafy shoots that would shade their future fruit. The first signs of grapes arrived in mid-May with the bloom, and by July first we had the start of the fruit set with berries (the technical term for individual grapes) beginning to develop.
Frankie and Nate are now a couple and are gearing up for Summer Fest, the town's largest event. They can't wait to reveal their new wine and put the vineyard on the map. But when an issue with the wine puts things in jeopardy, both the relationship and the partnership will be put to the test.
This is a fantastic, and wonderfully clear explanation of these vineyard practices. I have attended the vineyard management classes at UC Davis extension, and read books, but this was so clear, practical and enjoyable.
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Fine weather and the promise of fresh sea air have confounded early predictions of a quiet summer on the water, as town harbor masters say boating activity in and around the Vineyard has mostly returned to pre-pandemic levels.
One area that has seen decline is in the number of boats staying overnight on town moorings. Traditionally, Oak Bluffs has a mandatory rafting policy of up to four boats per mooring. This year the policy has been changed to remove mandatory rafting. Even so, the mooring field has not yet reached capacity at any point this summer, Mr. Alexander said.
Business in the Vineyard Haven Harbor has been a notch under what typical summer traffic usually brings, said the town harbor master Mr. Crocker. In June, overnight mooring rentals were down about 30 per cent. Through July 20, they were down about 15 per cent from last summer. Since July Fourth, however, the mooring field has been sold out every weekend, he said.
In Tashmoo, Mr. Crocker said the number of boaters who anchor for the day on the weekends has continued to swell as in previous summers. Rafting is no longer allowed in Tashmoo but that has not deterred the crowd of boats that cruise over for the day.
The August days are melting away, or perhaps it's mostly me who is melting? Not that I would trade the heat - however the humidity can go. The heat will be gone soon enough, and the days of dining al fresco will fade away, which will be a terrible shame in this post pandemic world. Outdoor dining has been the saving grace of the summer, the feelings of normalcy in sharing a meal with a friend, and where better to do so than a vineyard?
Connecticut is somewhat surprisingly rife with them, considering how difficult it can be to grow grapes in this climate, however I did recently read a piece in a local publication that mentioned how a winery can call themselves an estate grower even if as little as 25% of the grapes are grown locally, with the rest imported from California. Fortunately I'm not a wine snob, or connoisseur, or even particularly discerning - naturally I make most of my wine purchasing decisions based on how much I like a label - so I'm quite content with what the local vineyards have to offer.
Though not part of Lancaster County, neighboring town Hershey will be hosting concerts from many big names this summer, which we thought were worth mentioning. Artists including Def Leppard, Pitbull, Imagine Dragons, to name a few, will all be performing there this summer.
Now that autumn has arrived, it's time to look back at summer (June 20 - September 21, 2019). The following is from my photo essay for Rick VanSickle's "Wines in Niagara" website.
"In our second part, Summer in the Vineyard, Elena takes us through the growing season beginning in June, where the vineyards are bursting with energy and life. Vines can grow as much as two inches per day, according to the Grape Growers of Ontario. As the new canes grow, flowers that resemble miniature grape bunches start to develop. The vine typically enters the bloom period, which, depending on the accumulated heat units, occurs from mid to late June.
'Love this book ... makes me want to live on a vineyard in the South of France!' Lisa Zupan, Producer of P.S. I Love You Escape to France with LATE SUMMER IN THE VINEYARD - Jo Thomas's irresistible follow-up to THE OYSTER CATCHER and THE OLIVE BRANCH. 'A fabulous French feast of fun' Milly JohnsonEmmy Bridges has always looked out for others. Now it's time to put down roots of her own.Working for a wine-maker in France is the opportunity of a lifetime for Emmy. Even if she doesn't know a thing about wine - beyond what's on offer at the local supermarket.There's plenty to get to grips with in the rustic town of Petit Frère. Emmy's new work friends need more than a little winning over. Then there's her infuriatingly brash tutor, Isaac, and the enigmatic Madame Beaumont, tucked away in her vineyard of secrets.But Emmy will soon realise that in life - just as in wine-making - the best things happen when you let go and trust your instincts. Particularly when there's romance in the air...
Description: The first cookbook ever from The Black Dog will enable you to take home a delectable piece of Martha's Vineyard. Here are the best recipes from the summertime menu of a true American institution.
For many of us, vacations over the last couple of years have been cancelled or postponed, or vacations looked a little different than they have in year's past. If we've learned one thing over the past couple years, it's that family, togetherness, and cherishing the little things are what matter most. So as we think about heading to our most treasured Martha's Vineyard this summer, there are several places to see and things to do, that you won't want to miss this year, so we've curated a list of quintessential Martha's Vineyard experiences. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler to the Vineyard, you'll want to add at least a few of these to your list.
There are so many things that make Martha's Vineyard such a unique and popular summertime destination. Among them, the iconic landmarks that are found throughout the island. There are five lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard... our favorite one to check out is the Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse. Plan a run (or stroll) that includes a stop at the lighthouse, or explore the lighthouse beach with the kids. You'll find it at the entrance to Edgartown Harbor and Katama Bay.
The Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook is a site to see any time of the year, but if you've been missing the Vineyard, you'll most certainly want to head there on this summer's vacation. The spectacular views are awe-inspiring and the scenery is memorable. Follow the trail that leads to the beach. There are also a few shops to browse and there's not much parking so plan accordingly.
The Flying Horse Carousel in Oak Bluffs will take you back to the good ol' days and churn up memories of summers long ago. It's America's oldest carousel and is actually a National Historic Landmark. The kids (and some adults) will love trying to grab the brass ring to win a free ride.
For vines it is a bit different. They have to be at their best to produce great grapes. This is why winegrowers have to protect them from illnesses, bad bugs and fungi. Common diseases such as powdery mildew and downy mildew usually proliferate during spring, when humidity and moisture help them developing fast. Therefore, the first thing to do is to spray the vines with specific products before these fungi attack them. The second one, is to get rid of what can distract the vine from the productive bunches. An important phase during summer time is to cut the so-called suckers (polloni) which take nutrition from the vine without producing grapes. This process is often carried out by hand. Even if it is quite hard and labour intense, it allows the good bunches to reach a better quality level. 781b155fdc