Peas and BBs? What am I talking about here...?
The answer, of course, is grapes!
They are HERE!!! And available in various sizes, from pea size for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and we see BB sized for things like Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, bloom was happening and those flowers turned into fruit. Besides a couple of small locations out in the vineyards, the fruit set (the flower producing a berry) looks pretty good, and we have good counts of grape clusters.
The vineyard is now at a point where the berries start expanding rapidly and keeping a watchful eye on irrigations and nutrients are very important. The bulking (or weight per cluster) is the multiplying factor in determining your crop load, and we don't want to over bulk the berries to keep wine quality at a high level.
When you are here at the winery, I encourage you to peak your head into the vineyards. We have various variety/blocks here at Grand Island Vineyards to see all what I am writing about.
Enjoy the grapes, enjoy the wines, enjoy the views, enjoy life.