With a break in the rains, more vineyards are being pruned. While Fresno area growers report bud break for wine grapes in the Central Valley, the North Coast Appellation is likely still a few weeks away. Warm weather can hasten this, but all the moisture in the soil from this winter’s rains will keep the soil cool for some time.
These old cabernet vines at Larkmead in Calistoga were recently pruned back to two-bud spurs. Cabernet is one of the later-budding varietals so these vines are just barely showing the fuzzy white ‘popcorn’ stage of the buds.
Before and after pruning – Coombsville Appellation.