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Monthly archive: 08 2012

Syrah Harvest 2012

It’s that time again — harvest day! ¬†We had a recent heat wave in San Diego that pushed up our syrah harvest date from previous years. ¬†Luckily the heat wave broke for harvest day, though it was still pretty hot after the sun came up! Once again the Curds and Wine Grapes to Glass Hands-on […]

Bad News for Sober Wife’s Primitivo!

The heat wave is continuing, and I got an email today that the Primitivo at Sober Wife Vineyard is almost all raisined — there is no way it will last for our planned August 26th harvest. As it is, they don’t think there will be much to harvest at all! This is very sad news, […]

Heat Wave Brings Harvest Early for 2012

We have had some unusually hot weather in San Diego county for about a week now, and it has been making all the grapes in the area ripen one to two weeks earlier than expected. I was not surprised when Mike Hoffman from Live Oak Vineyard and Steve Baum from Sober Wife Vineyard called to […]