13 Aug. 13 Vineyard Status

Well the weather this year has been ideal for Vitis Vinifera.  This will be an excellent vintage year for San Diego County grapes.  Constant warm days and cool foggy mornings doesn’t get much better than this.

Getting closer to Harvest 2013. This grower is smiling…

Here are a few pic’s for the week. 

Blue Zin

Blue Zin

Foggy Morns
Foggy Morns

Hangin Syrah

Hangin Syrah

Upper Syrah

 

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July 13 Update

Hi All,

Sorry,  its been awhile since there has been activity on the web page.  Thanks to my friends Jerry ,Terry(AZ.) , Steve  and Cindy for motivating  (shamming) me to post. This years fruit is maturing nicely.  The clusters  are smaller  on all the varitals but they are plentiful. Its been a great growing vintage year so far. The heat has be very constant hovering in the mid 80′s the fruit is maturing exceptional .  Trish and I just finished netting the vines. Now we wait for the grape gods and goddess’es to work their magic and bless our up coming harvests.  Here are a few Pics of the start of verision…

Zin Verision

Zin Verision

 

Syrah Fruit

Syrah Fruit

 

Glass of wine on the Vine

Glass of wine on the Vine

 

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Vintage 2013

Well its bud break time here @ Liveoak Vineyard. The vines are waking up and ready to go. I believe this is going to be a extraordinary growing year from my observations.

I took a couple Pics on a foggy morning enjoy…..

Budbreak Syrah
Upper Syrah

Cima Sur

Zin Bud Break
Zin Bud Break
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Miss April 2012

Welcome to a new monthly Live Oak Vineyard beauty contest. This is our first contestant for the year Miss April.
She is of Zinfandel heritage and is 5 weeks old, in this year of vintage 2012. She hails from Amador County ,Ca is truly a california girl. She stands 6 feet tall and has 15 inter-nodes. She has a total infloresense going in this Pic. Please join me in welcoming Miss April….                Enjoy the pics….. Enjoy Life ,Wine ,Family and Friends….Cheers ..Mike

Miss April
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P.S., I love you.

Petite Sirah, (P.S.) I love you ! Even more than Dragon Fruit aka: Pitahaya . I was so motivated to start growing and propagating Dragon fruit. A upcoming cool exotic rare fruit that touts anti-oxidant characteristically and Yes… you can make wine from it also.
But Tricia , my reasoning and my love for good Petite Sirah aka: Durif won out, and I am glad, because I need to keep things simple in my life.
I am a wine grape grower and winemaker that needs to stay 100 % focused on grapes and wine-making. So we added another 25 Petite Sirah to the Vineyard this growing season.
This will make for great flexibility for blending with the Syrah and Zinfandel and not to mention PS as a stand alone wine. The timing of the planting with mothers earth and nature was in total harmony.
It was warm for a week so that the root stock could make the climattion from deep freeze to spring-time. The previous rainfall helped in the effort of making the soil easier to dig big holes.
Then a couple days after planting a great spring-time rain fall. This should give them a great start to a growing year. Also Some Pics 3 Weeks after Bud Burst/ PS Does anyone read these posts. Please feel free to comment. Cheers…..Mike

Mar 25 12 Cima Sur
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Budbreak 2012

Ahh, Time again for the start of another annual Vintage. I’ve been very negligent of keeping up with my posts last Fall/Winter.
I will try to do better this year.
A real typical La- Nina year in Southern California. Our local Vineyard weather station has us @ 6.8 In. Normal rainfall would be 12.5 As of this post. Bud burst is a little ahead of time this year, Wondering what dear ole mother nature has in store us grape growers this year…. Enjoy the Bud burst Pic. My cheers to you and yours to a great year…Mike

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Harvest 2011

We harvested our Syrah grape on 4 Sept 2011. It was a beautiful day with an freak rain storm that hit right after we had finished the crush.
Our thanks to “G” at Curds and Wine, San Diego’s home wine and cheese making shop.
In conjunction with Curds and Wine’s hands on wine making class we had the opportunity to meet and enjoy her students, their friends and family during harvest time.
Thanks to all for a such a successful and safe harvest.
The grape was right on the numbers with no adjustments needed prior to its journey to become wine.

The Gang
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Nearing Harvest Time

Well we are getting excited about Vintage 2011 harvest. The grapes are looking quite noble with their deep black color. Numbers and taste are maturing nicely. Enjoy the Pics…..

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Aug.2011 Pics

Thought I’d add some pics. The growing season has be great this year. No shatter on the grapes like the Northern part of the state is experiencing. Nice constant heating degree days and the fog in the mornings. Time to start the old lab up and run some analysis on the grapes.

Upper Block Syrah

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June Pics

Well Its June been about 3 weeks since we shot some pics. The fruit set has happened thanks to all the winds this year. Well here we go. Enjoy

Syrah Wall
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