Wine Growing California Region

Growing Grapes

We have plenty of wild concord grapes on ourproperty. However, the insurance company doesn't approve of our harvesting methods so it'sprobably best to plant some cultivated grapes. When I cleared the land for the greenhouse,it left plenty of area to plant various fruit producing plants which don't need the greenhouseto thrive. Plus why waste the space just growing grassé Taking a look at my 3rd grade drawing skills,I'm going to set three 4x4x10' treated posts 34 feet into the ground and space them 24'apart. This will allow for 8 plants in the space. Then I'll string 12 gauge galvanizedwire starting with the first wire 4246quot; from

the ground, then space the other two 12quot; apart.The plants can be spaced 6' apart and over time the vines can be trained along the 3wires. I had planned to set the posts first in theevent that I hit any large rocks while digging, however I blew a seal on the backhoe and hadto find some parts for it. So I took my chances and put the plants in first. The row shouldgo in a straight line and a 100' tape measure works well for marking out the locations ofeach post and plant. Jamming a piece of survey's tape at each mark does the trick. We're goingoldschool and using a pickaxe and shovel and digging a hole about 1 foot deep. Luckilythere weren't any large rocks in the way just

a few roots and small stones that the pickaxewas able to pluck out. Later, looking at the post holes, you'll see why I didn't dig themby hand. Planting the vines is fairly easy. I got theseseedless concord grapes from Gurney's for half price. I just remove the fiber that'sused for keeping the roots damp, spread out the roots a bit, and set it in the hole sothat all the roots that emerge from the vine will be just below the finished level of thesoil. All the dirt that came out of the hole was hardpan so I filled it with nice organicsoil, then compacted it down, and gave it a really good watering. It also importantto cover the area with mulch to help maintain

the moisture in the soil until the roots canget established. These will get watered every day for a couple of weeks. The actual work of planting the vines is quick.It's the preparation of digging out the rocks that takes all the time. A 30 cent Oring and a day to dismantle andreassemble the valve assembly and the backhoe is running again. I can now install the postsfor the wire arbor. It may not be the fastest backhoe, but it beats digging through therock with a pick and shovel. The holes are dug to about 4 feet which will provide a deepenough anchor to prevent the posts from leaning

from the future weight of the vines. Someof the rocks that I pulled out where bigger than the hole. If I had to dig these by hand,I probably would have only dug down a couple of feet, and then would have to anchor theposts with concrete and guywires. It seems like a really big hole for a post,but without an auger with rock drilling bit, it's probably the easiest way to set a post.A little cleanup at the bottom of the hole and it's ready. I'm using 4x4 treated lumberrated for direct burial. I'm not a fan of using treated lumber, but in order for itto last a long time, it's a necessary evil. I like to add two temporary cleats to thepost to help support it while I'm set it plumb

and backfill the hole. I also like to dropa few rocks around the base to hold it in place when I start to fill it in. I'll fillthe hole several inches at a time and compact it between each layer, then clean up the areawith some more woodchip mulch. The first wire starts roughly 4246 inchesfrom the ground and the second and 3 wires are spaced 12 inches apart. It will be theperfect snacking height for the deer. At each marking I'll drill a 38quot; hole through thepost and then put in a 516quot; eyebolt. The back side has a large fender washer and nut.Having a large washer will help to keep the nut from pulling into the post under the weightof the vines. It's fairly important to make

Travel English featuring Napa Valley California Learn Some Fun Vocabulary

Hello everybody, it's David Claussen with englishquickly and today we will do a little travel English from Wikitrave Napa Valley is the destination of the month Napa Valley is near San Francisco California in the United States it's all about the wine so welcome to this world famous wine growing region and the wine is bottled poetry so here are some images of Napa Valley

you can see here we have what they call vineyards where they grow Grapes to make the wine so on Wikitravel it says Napa Valley in the bay area in California is the main wine growing region of the United States of America and one of the major wine regions of the world it is also known for its gourmet restaurants cafes and spa treatment centers so I typed in Napa Valley gourmet restaurants

and look at some of these aren't these beautiful and here is their famous wine and how about this wouldn't you love to be right there in a spa, here you can see health spa Napa Valley and wouldn't you love to be able to spend the night there so that's our travel English lesson for today Napa Valley California go to my web site at englishquickly and sign up for my free newsletter

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Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon

If wines were royalty, Cabernet Sauvignonwould probably be the king. Originating in Bordeaux, France, it grows just about anywhere. The Sutter Home Cab is Californiagrown andproduced. Once we get the grapes back to the winery, we ferment for a week at 85 degreesF and then age the wine for about a year in a combination of new and used American oaktanks and casks prior to bottling. Unlike many California Cabernet Sauvignons, oursis smooth and easydrinking, designed to be enjoyed upon release. As you pour, you think to yourself that anythinglooking like rubies and smelling like cherries

is bound to be a winner. The Sutter Home CabernetSauvignon offers a delicious aroma of fresh red cherries and sweet vanilla with a lightherbal touch. Mediumbodied and juicy, the cherry flavors are supported by soft tanninsand a toasty wood character. Cab is meant to be graceful and elegant but we made sureyou have all that and still get a great food wine. The Sutter Home Cab can be enjoyed nowand makes an excellent accompaniment to chicken dishes, red meats, game, and mildly seasonedpastas. All the elements of a great grilled burger scream Sutter Home Cab.

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