Sunday, June 18, 2006

The makings of a new harvest

Following a relatively mild winter, most vines in the Chez Ray vineyard have survived and are actively pushing forth second year growth. A few, which survived the deep freeze of 3-4 years back, are sprouting mass quantities of leaves and berries.

Here, you can see sprouts from a red wine grape variety fondly named NY73.0136.17, grafted onto a rootstock with the much friendlier name of Couderc 3309:

This is a variety of grape bred for reasonable winter hardiness by the Geneva Breeding Program, established by Cornell University and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.

And here are blooms from a seedless blackberry bush:

These babies will make some sweet (as in colloquially "awesome") sweet (as in gustatorily "not sour") wine.

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