Thursday, June 26, 2008

Smoke Gets in Your Skies

We delivered one barrel each of our 2007 Cinsault and Grenache to Peter Marks at Six Hands Winery tonight.

It is crazy how much smoke has filled the skies above Lodi and Clarksburg. In fact most of us have avoided the outdoors all week along with the double-whammy of upper-ninety temps and sneeze-inducing smoke.

Our smoke has been delivered from nearly due west of us, supplied by a fire at the border of Napa and Solano Counties. Elsewhere in California, random lightning strikes touched off more than 800 blazes of varying size.

On the plus side, this last week of spring usually brings temperatures over 100. The smoke has been so thick that it has damped average temps by five to ten degrees, helping our vines avoid shutting down.

Despite all the frosty, smoky drama this year, the growing season is progressing nicely.

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